Sandra Buczek,

Visiting Microsoft in Redmond

Microsoft has changed their thinking – this you probably already recognized because Windows 10 was tested very early and continuously developed in the context of an insider program, together with developers and other friendly users. Also, partnerships with design agencies like ours are gaining more importance for Microsoft. So at the end of May I was invited, together with other representatives of selected partner agencies, to travel from Germany to Redmond to get first-hand information about Windows 10.

Bettina Streit,

The Way to a Smart Home

Today, a vast number of smart home technology providers are scrambling for a market that is currently worth 20 Billion. Here in Germany, at least every seventh person supposedly uses smart home applications. And the market is growing by 17% annually. But every fourth person finds that using smart home applications is too complicated, in fact, even people who do not use smart home applications feel this way. This is a good reason to take a closer look at the topic of the user experience in the smart home.

Anja Stork,

With Rapid Contextual Design (RCD) to Structured Requirements

In my search for methodical approaches to develop good user interfaces, the book Rapid Contextual Design – A How-to Guide to Key Techniques for User-Centered Design was recommended. This is a very good and practical description of how user requirements can be collected based on context interviews and structured with the help of different workshops to ultimately develop new solutions.

Anja Stork,

Innovate with Rapid Contextual Design – A Review

To share the experiences that we had with the Rapid Contextual Design Process, we (Anja and Josef) decided to carry out a brief interview and summarize this article.
Both of us have already discussed the interviews with users, their habits and requirements, and collected them in individual interpretation sessions and cataloged them in so-called affinity notes. Josef then prepared and implemented the affinity diagraming and visioning sessions to serve as the moderator, and Anja participated as part of the team.

Ralf Kienzler,

How Periscope Could Change Journalism

The photo app Snapchat currently enjoys great popularity, especially among the young crowd. The special thing about Snapchat is that the pictures you send to friends are immediately deleted after viewing them. In this way, short moments are captured which are only remembered by the people to whom they were sent.
Periscope adapts this principle for video broadcasts to a wide audience. These live transmissions are supplemented by a Twitter-based chat and by the appearance of little hearts that are conjured by the user by tapping like crazy at the bottom of the screen.


Design Thinking – An Experiment

At coeno, we are constantly working on various creative and usability methods, as well as their application possibilities. In one of our last forays through the Internet, we once again came across the subject of Design Thinking. But even if the method is good in theory, you cannot really judge it. Therefore, we were very excited when we found a virtual video crash course provided by the d.school of the Stanford University of Design. Of course,