Dec 1, 2013
There are many different techniques used for user research. But when it comes to value over effort, there’s few as effective as simply sitting down with your users and talking with them.
Research is often made out out be a big, expensive endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be. It can be as simple as getting a bunch of $10 Starbucks gift cards and asking people for 20 minutes of their time.
On many of the projects I work on, I try to make it a point to spend some time talking to users in addition...
Oct 5, 2013
A recent article on Melatonin started an interesting conversation on Hacker News about devices and their effects on our ability to sleep. The gist of the conversation is that blue light, produced by most screens, inhibits the body’s ability to produce Melatonin — what the body creates to tell you to sleep. One commenter made the observation that Facebook’s famous blue color scheme increases the output of blue light, further inhibiting the body’s ability to produce Melatonin. Combine that with research linking Facebook usage to unhappiness, and you have one of the worst thing you can look at while lying in bed.
View HN Discussion on Melatonin