Designing desirable products: How to get started

In October 2015, I gave a presentation titled "Designing Desirable Products" to a group of design students at the University of Central Arkansas. I was invited to show them how they might get started on digital design projects. In the talk, I make the case that good digital products are defined by their desirability. Then, I go into more detail on how we plan for and measure desirability while designing.

This talk is made for students who are just getting started in the world of web or UI design. If that's you (and even if it's not), take a look!

Talking to Robots

I've been looking into "Invisible" apps a lot lately. The concept meshes well with my thoughts on ubiquitous UIs. For the uninitiated, Invisible Apps are those that don't require a visual interface to interact with the service. Most of them involve SMS in some way. You often just text a request or command to the app and they complete it for you behind the scenes. Magic (and GoButler, which appears to be a Magic clone?) and Clara are two of the more interesting apps that I've seen but there is a more complete list with other services that might interest you on Product Hunt.

These apps seem to promise more personal interactions with technology. Although, as evidenced in my screenshot below, I wonder how long it will be before these robots will stop outing themselves. I think maybe you're not real, Ian!