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UX leadership insight #3: Pick your battles

In any larger design project, the design leader cannot be everywhere. There are so many managers to please, stakeholders to keep happy, designers to meet, usability tests to attend, and so many interesting blog posts to read. So admit it or not, you need to become very picky where to invest your time.

(See my earlier posts for introduction to the series.) Based on the design driver discussion (see #1) you probably quite quickly form an opinion, which parts of your design are the most important ones that make it successful. They are usually those features or properties that product management or marketing can call “unique selling points”. […]

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dConstruct09 Recap Presentation at IxDA Helsinki

Here's the dConstruct09 conference recap presentation I gave in the IxDA Helsinki meeting at the Nordkapp office on 10th of September 2009. (Sorry for the delay, but we were waiting for our new website and blog to open and provide a platform for publishing this.)

Since I was hyping ubiquitous computing and internet of things stuff so much, I want to add one more point that I missed during my talk. I wanted to say that we’ve known for 10-15 years that “the internet is the future”, and we’ve known for 2-5 years that “mobile is the future” – but […]

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UX leadership insight #2: Vague or specific?

As a design lead you will be working with different kinds of designers. You naturally want them to be able to use their skills to the max, to contribute as much as possible to the success of the project.

As a design lead you will be working with different kinds of designers. You naturally want them to be able to use their skills to the max, to contribute as much as possible to the success of the project.

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Hello, and welcome

As you, the reader, probably already noticed, we finally opened up our blog. It marks also the two year anniversary of the company, and hopefully sets the tone for years to come.

by Sami Niemelä Creative Director, Nordkapp

Categories Business, Nordkapp

Apart from the things we’ve found on the internet, we’ll have some interesting content lined up: I’ll be reflecting the past two years and what we’ve learned, writing a little something about the future and our advisor and strategist Panu will be discussing the strategic design leadership based on his past years at Nokia. And […]

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Two decades of mobile UX

This is a summary of a presentation I made in IxDA Helsinki meet-up on 10th September at Nordkapp.

by Panu Korhonen Managing Director

Defining the mobile phone I have been working with mobile user experience for over 16 years. During this time, the profession of designing for good user experience has changed surprisingly little. In early 1990s, the forerunners of UX (the name and acronym were invented much later) had already a very good understanding of what UX […]

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UX leadership insight #1: Clear design drivers

Well, this post may seem so obvious for you. Therefore, it’s also a good starting point for the insights. I call "design drivers” the main principles that guide the design decisions in the team.

If you work as a design lead, you very likely need to write a list of design drivers that you want to achieve. And ultimately, you are responsible for all the decisions that lead to designs that fulfill these drivers. The design drivers must be shared and understood by the design team, but in particular […]

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Insights about designing new concepts – the series

I have had the pleasure (and pain) of taking part in the process where the leading user interface paradigms for mobile devices have been created. At the moment mobile devices are going through a redefinition.

by Panu Korhonen Managing Director

Categories Design Strategy, Mobile

The introduction of iPhone has shaken the traditional telecom industry, and now all the elements of the user experience of mobile devices are being redesigned, including the dominant form factors, interaction paradigms, software platforms, and leading services. During the last two years, I was leading a sizable user interface concepting projects that contribute to this […]

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