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RDV continues its series of exploration into complex, interesting, or recent UX and UI issues. Covers technology, design, UI, UX, interfacing and everything in-between. Contributor: Nancy Xu, Lyndon Cerejo.
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My Top Ten Predictions for a Digital 2015 New Year | Blog post

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Top 10 predictions from our own global RDV lead, Corey Glickman. To name a few: the disruption of 3-D printing, the fall of Apple (and Millennials), the importance of STEM.. interesting and brief read for those of you interested in what upcoming opportunities tech companies such as Capgemini may potentially tackle in the near future.

 

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Top trends to impact IT landscape in 2015

Top trends to impact IT landscape in 2015 | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
In 2015, businesses in APJ that take advantage of digital technology and services will outpace their competitors. There will be a clear divide between those who aggressively invest in digital transformation focusing on social, analytics, cloud and mobile technologies and those who don't.
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Overcome the "digital divide ... In 2015, businesses in APJ that take advantage of digital technology and services will outpace their competitors.  There will be a clear divide between those who aggressively invest in digital transformation focusing on social, analytics, cloud and mobile technologies and those who don’t will lag behind."

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Trends to Expect in Business Intelligence, Big Data in 2015

Trends to Expect in Business Intelligence, Big Data in 2015 | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
The question enterprises need to ask is this: How are we going to harness all this information, and do it efficiently, so that the IT we use pays us dividends?
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Trends are easy to realize, but how to actually implement these? This covers some finer implementation points of these trends and how to use them to our advantage - both internally and externally.

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Six Tech Trends That Will Define 2015

Six Tech Trends That Will Define 2015 | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
The coming year promises to introduce significant disruption and challenges for business and government. These key trends will reshape IT and the enterprise.
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Another great, short article on the nature of IT trends: agility, shadow IT, and other keys to success. Quick read!

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6 IT Trends To Watch In 2015 - InformationWeek

6 IT Trends To Watch In 2015 - InformationWeek | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
In the new year, mobility evolves, the hybrid cloud grows, and big data will need more people skills.
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15 IT trends. "In the new year, mobility evolves, the hybrid cloud grows, and big data will need more people skills".

 

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The Personality Layer - Smashing Magazine

The Personality Layer - Smashing Magazine | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
In this article, we will look at some strategies you can follow, as well as some examples found in the wild, plus a few projects in which the consistent use of emotional design results in a great personality.
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"These details trigger an emotional response...they will help to form a personality that people will respond to positively when interacting with the product...This ... is also referred to as “emotional design.”

At the core, UI/UX + Design = Emotional Design

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Emotion, Arousal, Attention and Flow: Chaining Emotional States to Im…

An overview of how designing for emotion relates to UX and flow, how the appearance and interaction of products communicate a personality to the user, and how …
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Fantastic powerpoint on "Emotion, Arousal, Attention, and Flow" - basically, the center of the Venn Diagram between Emotion, Technology, and Flow. If you have the extra time, I would recommend flipping through these comprehensive slides.

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Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things: Don Norman: 8601300280684: Amazon.com: Books

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Recommended by Lyndon C. If you really want to get into the deep of how emotion plays into UX, this is a must read by "the" author of UX: Don Norman.

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Not Just Pretty: Building Emotion Into Your Websites - Smashing Magazine

Not Just Pretty: Building Emotion Into Your Websites - Smashing Magazine | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
Emotional design has become a powerful tool in creating exceptional user experiences for websites. However, emotions did not use to play such an important role on the Web. Actually, they did not use to play any role at all; rather, they were drowned by a flood of rational functionality and efficiency. We were so busy trying to adapt to the World Wide Web as a new medium that we lost sight of its full potential. Instead of using the Internet on our terms, we adapted to its technical and, at first
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Great article found by Lyndon Cerejo on how to break down the emotion found on a site, as well as specific markers to look for such as the type of user, context of use, and levels of visual design (going back to Dr. Norman). Essentially: "Emotional design turns casual users into fanatics, ready to tell others about their positive experience."

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The Psychologist’s View of UX Design | UX Magazine

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Fantastic article on some times between UX and psychology. Most concepts seem fairly obvious however placing a name to the appropriate psych principle expedites why/how UX-ers perform certain changes as opposed to others.

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Big Data’s Impact in the World

Big Data’s Impact in the World | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
For those who can make sense of the explosion of data, there are job opportunities in fields as diverse as crime, retail and dating.
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NY Times breaks down the fundamentals. Ultimately concludes that it's valuable, unavoidable, and therefore must be tamed.

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How behavioural design can overcome the dark side of big data

How behavioural design can overcome the dark side of big data | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
Christoph Burmester says that to avoid misreading the digital smoke signals, key insights from behavioural design should be a vital part of big data analysis
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How good design helps navigate the murky waters of data.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Ways To Become Extinct As Big Data Evolves

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Ways To Become Extinct As Big Data Evolves | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
The enterprise is currently in a ‘Big Data Limbo’, where leadership has begun, or is preparing to invest in analytics – but lacks clear direction with where and how to implement

Via Peter Azzopardi, AnalyticsInnovations
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The case for understanding Big Data.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:34 PM

The technology is powerful, and like the moniker suggests, “Big Data” is massive, leaving some executives with the impression that for these projects to be successful, IT departments must ready themselves to boil the proverbial ocean.

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6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future

6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
Advancements in nanotechnology, robots, batteries and more could transform how we work and live.
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Fun read on macro and micro trends... sampling Big Data (of course), nanotech, flexible screens (the next big thing)

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4 Tech Trends That Will Define 2015, Selected By Frog

4 Tech Trends That Will Define 2015, Selected By Frog | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
The death of the pedometer, 3-D printers in the kitchen, and wearable fitness AIs: here's how four Frog designers see 2015 playing out.
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Different take on the more tangible technology trends: wearable fitness, 3-D printers, textiles..

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2015’s most critical information technology trends | Information Age

2015’s most critical information technology trends | Information Age | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things, big data, cloud and cyber security will continue to dominate the IT landscape in 2015 – but what effect will they have?
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Article looks back into 2014 and uses those trends as a prediction for today. IoT and Big Data are just 2 of the few that continue to accelerate in 2015.

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The Silicon Valley Corporate Innovation Outlook 2015 — Medium

The Silicon Valley Corporate Innovation Outlook 2015 — Medium | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
The key startup disruptions and tech trends from 2014 and how big brands are likely to adapt in the coming year
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Great 5 minute read on innovation in Silicon Valley. Covers the buzzwords of 2015 ("innovation" is just one) and what general changes to anticipate - ranging from consumer trends to other brand response.

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Myth #27: UX design is about usability - UX Myths

Myth #27: UX design is about usability  - UX Myths | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
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Great summary of UX Design. It is "pleasurable, seductive, flows, and playful"... quick but essential read.

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Empathy and Design: What You Should Consider | Design Shack

Empathy and Design: What You Should Consider | Design Shack | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
Reading an article entitled Empathy and Design: What You Should Consider on Design Shack.
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Focuses on the role of one strong emotion, empathy, in design, and breaks down all the ways that we are consciously/unconsciously influenced by emotional links. Quick read.

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Using Design Principles to Increase Conversions

Using Design Principles to Increase Conversions | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
A how-to showing how fundamental conversion centered design principles can be used to increase conversions on your landing pages.
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More design and less "emotion", but this article gives some good insight into applicable design principles in action. You can extrapolate how emotion plays a role in why we prefer certain examples over the others.

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The Reciprocity Principle: Give Before You Take in Web Design

The Reciprocity Principle: Give Before You Take in Web Design | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
Humans tend to return good deeds: use this social psychology law in user interface design to gain users’ trust and motivate engagement with your site or app.
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Fantastic brief article about planting "seeds" into the user (that will blossom into ROI, or loyalty, or whatever the objective). In this case, the "seed" is the reciprocity. In other words.. ask the user for permission, or ask the user for something, and they're more likely to respond. Great article on how to put those Psych principles into action (thanks Lyndon C!).

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The Brain Lady Blog | Psychology, Brain Science And Design, by Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D.

The Brain Lady Blog | Psychology, Brain Science And Design, by Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D. | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
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Great blog by a Ph.D interested in the interplay between Psychology and Design. Some of the articles are more personal however there's tons of great material to sift through. Dr. Susan here primarily focuses on UX as well.

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Big Data's Promise and Limitations

Big Data's Promise and Limitations | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
Five years ago, few people had heard the phrase “Big Data.” Now, it’s hard to go an hour without seeing it.
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Overhyped? "Hype needs to be tempered with caution and a sensitivity to when humans should and should not remain in the loop."

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Data-Driven Design In The Real World | Smashing UX Design

Data-Driven Design In The Real World | Smashing UX Design | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
In this article, Ashley Moreno shares some of the lessons she's learned from five years of helping content and design teams capture, measure and understand website performance data and connecting the dots between data and design improvements.
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"Whereas quantitative data shows scale, qualitative data gives perspective. It helps us understand not just what happened, but why and how it happened."

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What is the next big thing after big data?

What is the next big thing after big data? | RDV Monthly | Scoop.it
Answer (1 of 19): The next big thing will be automated machine learning systems that can sift through the big data sets and discover patterns without deep human intervention.
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All the buzz is about Big Data, but what after? Great discussion exploring some of the implications of sharing massive amounts of information.

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