Media house project’s first phase will be ready this Friday. During next few days we’ll finalize our presentation materials and specification document while design team finalizes the look & feel.
The client is very interested in deepening cooperation with us. This development looks very promising going forward. It seems that Nordkapp’s honest, open and user centered approach on concept and service design is much needed “breath of fresh air” for big organizations as well. Making development based only on technical decisions or hand-waving just won’t do it anymore.
Elsewhere, the service ecosystem thing is nearing its first launches. The IxD+GFX team pulled together some interesting UX-solutions; ideas that only happens through open, laid-back work processes; basically through sketches on the wall in the project rooms and random co-working sessions next to a display. Furthermore; the challenge of production tracking regarding exact uniform pixel outcome, is once again ahead. Times many.
On the TV front, our brief is “online strategy for a television channel” but it should be “strategy for television channel” – Matti thinks our big challenge is to make stakeholders understand that there is no online versus offline. Anyway, this week we’ll basically write our own brief and after that start workshopping and evolve things further with the client. Interesting stuff!
Agile moves quickly: after last week’s rant on Agile the situation in some on-going projects has improved significantly. Coders seem willing to evolve the Agile process, too! This same insight is also being put into use in projects starting during summer and fall. Agile is looking good again.
First iPad UI case is also coming up. We’ve been fooling around with an iPad for quite long now, and we are all impressed by the potentials of this new groundbreaking platform. Fabian gave a small presentation to the customer about readability and navigation on the iPad together with Sauli. Fabian’s personal conclusion: “goodbye dear old print media”. Pretty much everybody have been given a chance to participate in iPad ideation and now the process continues in a smaller team, where all extra is being ripped away and design is being concentrated on most important features and their usability.
- » If in doubt, ask users. If client is in doubt, tell what users said.
- » Forcing yourself to think how to explain the basics of your craft opens your mind up for different angles. This is the very reason Sami likes lecturing as a “side hobby”.
- » Apple announced iPhone 4. Some people are now counting weeks/months towards the end of their iPhone 3GS subscriptions — when can they upgrade?
- » We helped our old colleague Ville with his tippingeurope.com and villevesterinen.com sites. He seems happy about that.
Until next week, peeps.