Two research papers I co-authored have been recently accepted to prestigious international conferences: ACM CHI and ICWE. The first one even won a Best Paper Award. 🎉
What is Mixed Reality? (from the 2019 ACM CHI Conference)
There is not a single, "best" definition of mixed reality. Instead, there are six widely used and partly competing notions that can be classified based on a 7-D conceptual framework of mixed reality.
An Introduction to Agile Development, Part 2: Getting Started with Scrum
To get started with Scrum, grab one of the popular tools (e.g., Jira), implement all the Scrum artifacts and fill your gaps with some experienced people. It is not all too important to have the right task estimates, sprint lengths, etc. from the beginning or to follow the methodology dogmatically. The crucial part is to have a team that commits to the process, reflects critically, is eager to learn, and improves incrementally.
An Introduction to Agile Development, Part 1: Scrum vs. Kanban
TL;DR: Two of the most popular agile methodologies are Scrum and Kanban. They mainly differ in the handling of prioritization (once per sprint vs. continuous) and deadlines (yes vs. no). Yet, independent of the approach, the key to success is to ensure focus and continuous delivery by: 1) creating small enough, manageable tasks, 2) prioritizing… Continue reading An Introduction to Agile Development, Part 1: Scrum vs. Kanban
The Beautiful Simplicity of Hollow Knight (and How to Improve It Even Further)
Hollow Knight is mainly characterized by dual-purpose design and general minimalism. A particular feature is the use of fluid builds based on charms that can be (un)equipped rather than a skill tree. However, changing builds can be too much blind trial and error while experience becomes too abundant too early in the game. One solution to this could be requiring the user to pay with experience when (un)equipping charms.
The Design Philosophy Behind My New Website
After analyzing my old website, I decided to put more emphasis on (1) identifying and highlighting the pieces of information that are actually useful and (2) a two-dimensional approach to displaying my CV along traditional categories and skills/topics. Moreover, I set myself design constraints that forced me to keep my new website as clean and simple as possible, following the design philosophies of brutalism and Mies van der Rohe.
What is Design Thinking?
Design Thinking is often considered a buzzword or bullshit and many people—even if familiar with the concept—struggle to define it in a brief, but concise way. In this article, I develop such a definition: "Design Thinking is the understanding that the process is the design and therefore all people involved, no matter their role, are responsible for creating a product that is useful, functional, aesthetically appealing, and affordable."
The Conversion/Usability Framework: How Usability Impacts Profit
Usability is related to customer satisfaction and loyalty and therefore has a direct impact on profit. The Conversion/Usability Framework introduces usability as an additional lever on top of "traditional" means to increase profits, which can and should also be applied beyond E-commerce.
User Experience Rule #6
VI. A good product doesn't need dark patterns.
How to Data Analytics (in a Start-up)
1) Data analytics is a lot like UX design. 2) Define the questions to be answered beforehand. 3) Data is meaningless without interpretation. Extensively collaborate with other departments.