Things we've been reading

Atom Bank taps video game technology to win mobile customers

Atom Bank, whose founder believes can transform consumer banking in Britain, is in the final stages of preparation before launching its first products later this year.
http://news.yahoo.com/atom-bank-taps-video-game-technology-win-mobile-160540137--sector.html

Designing with developers in mind: guides, grids and frameworks

When creativity and analytical genius can work in unison, better products will result. And that’s what it’s all about.
http://blog.invisionapp.com/design-with-developers-in-mind/

Perspectives on a true UX tool

This is the follow-up article to "A true UX tool", about the need for a UX tool that goes beyond prototyping.
https://medium.com/human-business-shape/perspectives-on-a-true-ux-tool-decf7c73755c

Hidden User Experience & Interaction Gems on Airbnb

Part 1 of the Hidden Gems Series by Michael W.
https://medium.com/@mizko/9-hidden-user-experience-interaction-gems-on-airbnb-3330e762bebe

Visa joins firms betting on technology behind Bitcoin

The move comes at a time when banks around the world are looking at ways to use the technology to make transactions more efficient and secure.
http://www.livemint.com/Industry/xFjsCbdRBon4Z0zTcTCagM/Visa-joins-firms-betting-on-technology-behind-Bitcoin.html

Nymi, TD and MasterCard Announce World's First Biometrically Authenticated Wearable Payment Using Your Heartbeat

The first payment was made as part of a pilot on Friday, July 10th.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nymi-td-mastercard-announce-worlds-120000526.html

Create a Retention Curve with Mixpanel and Google Sheets

I find this way of visualizing cohort reports easier to understand than the tabular form. It’s a bit of manual work right now but perhaps Mixpanel, Apple, and others will begin offering a retention curve representation in the future.
https://robots.thoughtbot.com/create-a-retention-curve-with-mixpanel-and-google-sheets

Design Principles

Excellent collection of design principles.
http://principles.adactio.com

Measuring the Longitudinal Evolution of the Online Anonymous Marketplace Ecosystem

Detailed understanding of the growth of the online anonymous marketplace ecosystem. How vendors are diversifying replicating across marketplaces and how vendor security practices are evolving.
https://www.usenix.org/conference/usenixsecurity15/technical-sessions/presentation/soska

Meet 10 startups that are attempting to unseat cash by making digital payments the king

Rather than having to deal with cash, companies are promoting improved payment networks, PoS alternatives and wallets to make this digital push. 
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/meet-10-startups-that-are-attempting-to-unseat-cash-by-making-digital-payments-the-king/articleshow/48496502.cms

Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning - Theories, Methods, and Controversies

Interesting stats, quotes and examples.
http://www.slideshare.net/autnes/gamification-vsgamebased-learning-theories-methods-and-controversies-by-sherry-jones

Exploring the link between neuroaesthetics and the online experience

The philosophy of aesthetics has become a widely-acknowledged part of our lives. It refers to our innate need to define what is beautiful and what is not.
https://econsultancy.com/blog/63452-exploring-the-link-between-neuroaesthetics-and-the-online-experience/

Content-First Design

Game designers start with the story. What they add to the experience complements and builds on the core story; it doesn’t distract from the priority of “accomplish goal,”...
http://alistapart.com/blog/post/content-first-design


Tools that have interested us

Font Face Ninja

Great tool for finding the name of a font on a website.
http://fontface.ninja/

Brain gems for decision-makers

Interesting new resource on the latest behavioural economics & consumer psychology research down into helpful little brain gems.
http://coglode.com/


Videos we've been watching

Push Not Pull Robbery Idiot

UX perceived accordance/contextual assumption.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTG7P6eWy-4

Forget about those smartphones, Nokia is da bomb

It was a classic!
http://9gag.com/tv/p/aM8kj7/nokia-protecting-lives-everyday


Podcasts we've been listening to

The Big Web Show

Episdoe 130: Progressive Enhancement FTW with Aaron Gustafson.
http://5by5.tv/bigwebshow/130A

UX Advantage Podcast with Karen McGrane

Shifting To Continuous Deployment.
http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/audio/

About the author

Gavin Harris

Gavin Harris

Gavin Harris is an experienced Principal User Experience Consultant specialising in user testing, Information Architecture, HTML prototyping and web accessibility. Over the years he has worked with the likes of the Virgin Group, Land Rover, Kia, Orange and Unilever, and many other enterprise organisations.

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