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Jeremy Gollehon

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May 03, 16

A random sampling of the world’s most successful people will show one common trait: a love of reading. Reading is the easiest way to continue the learning process, increase empathy, boost creativity, and even just unwind from a long day. But books c…

May 03, 16

Have You ever put off important tasks? Most of us have. Do you do that quite often?

  • Designers often spend a lot of time polishing navigation elements because they drive how effective a user will judge their product to be. Reviews stating that something is hard to use generally come from a poorly designed navigation.

     

    Worse than that are reviews complaining about crashes and other malfunctions. Efficiency design elements can never be ignored.

    • What does this mean for you?

       

      If you’re working on a mobile product, here’s what you can do with that information:

       
         
      1. Describe a typical user of your product
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      3. Go through the most important task you want your users to accomplish. Did something distract you even for a split second?
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      5. Navigate through every key feature of your service. Did you have to tap more than once or twice to switch context?
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      7. Go back and forth between features as fast as you can. Are you experiencing any discomfort? Maybe because the screens take a long time to load, or maybe your app crashed. Congratulations if not!
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      9. List 2-3 permissions you need to get from your users in order to personalize their experience
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      11. When would be the best place and time to ask for these permissions?
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      Picture what the user is doing immediately before these permissions are required. Can you associate it with a couple of focusing design elements, such as the onboarding flow, or the completion of a simple task?

May 02, 16

Since I started working on Discourse, I spend a lot of time thinking about how software can encourage and nudge people to be more empathetic online. That's why it's troubling to read articles like this one: My brother’s 32nd birthday is today.

  • The international team looked at all 3 billion letters of people's genetic code - their entire blueprint of life - in 560 breast cancers.

    They uncovered 93 sets of instructions, or genes, that if mutated, can cause tumours. Some have been discovered before, but scientists expect this to be the definitive list, barring a few rare mutations.

  • There are about 20,000 genes in the human genome. It turns out, now we have this complete view of breast cancer - there are 93 of those [genes] that if mutated will convert a normal breast cell into a breast cancer cell.
  • 60% of the mutations driving cancer are found in just 10 genes.

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