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Has virtual reality finally arrived?

June 18, 2015          

Episode Summary

Virtual reality headsets could be the next big thing for entertainment. A bevy of new product offerings from the Oculus Rift to the HTC Vive to Sony’s Project Morpheus, mean that there will be plenty of consumer choices when it comes to this new computing and communications device. But how, exactly, will this medium will fit into our online and offline lives? Product demonstrations so far have been severely limited. And no one knows exactly how much these things will cost.

In this episode of The Digital Life we take on the new virtual reality product craze from a user experience perspective — examining everything from the new social norms of virtual space to the practical realities of navigating your environment when you can’t see.

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Apple Misses the Mark

June 11, 2015          

Episode Summary

The latest and greatest from Apple used to be something to celebrate. At their Worldwide Developers Conference this week, the biggest tech company in the world announced its newest efforts to much fanfare and largely came up short. While the Apple Watch and the newly minted Apple Music streaming service have garnered lots of interest from the tech press, these offerings from Cupertino seem like pale shadows, trailing after the company’s previous glory. In this episode of The Digital Life, we comment on Apple’s innovation drought from a design and UX perspective.

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Prototyping

June 4, 2015          

Episode Summary

As UX has become a hot commodity, software prototyping has similarly become increasingly popular. Every day, it seems like new tools appearing for creating interactive prototypes — from Axure to InVision to iRise, not to mention a host of HTML/CSS + Javascript frameworks.

From design validation to experimentation to risk mitigation, the opportunities for and impacts of prototyping in the design process are many. What role will prototyping play as software “eats the world”? And what does the future hold for prototyping techniques? We discuss all this and more.

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Creative Routines

May 14, 2015          

Episode Summary

What is the connection between creative routines and output? How do our approaches to creative projects — from writing to game design to music to user experience — effect the way we produce? In this episode of the Digital Life, we discuss some of our favorite methods for digging into problem sets, and how our ways of solving them in different creative areas can and should cross-pollinate.