UX idea: Emojis are the new hieroglyphs

Chat Like an Egyptian is a web experiment to investigate the possible adoption of Emoji-based communication instead of a script-based one. Emoji are ubiquitous in messaging and are used as a way of expressing emotion and concepts. We are inspired in this paper by the apparent similarity between emoji and Egyptian hieroglyphs as a sort of a return to a primitive, but perhaps a more effective form of writing. We developed a web application that lets the two users join a chatroom and communicate exclusively through emoji.

App Design: Augmented Reality Guides

The product I’d like to present today is a platform for augmented-reality experiences targeted to museums and art galleries. The decline in attendance to museums is a problem I care about. Despite numerous attempts to attract new visitors this trend doesn't seem to slow down any time soon. It’s becoming increasingly important to leverage new technology to enhance the value proposition of exhibitions. The presented platform would consist primarily in a customisable mobile app that replaces the old devices used for guided tours and enables new interactions.

UX idea: Tab Management

Another post, another UX idea! The latest browsers releases are not the memory hogs they once were, but one of the things they cannot yet handle perfectly are tabs. It must've happened to you as well: after an afternoon of merrily browsing the net you end up with dozens of tabs open. It's still difficult to handle for most browser: I'm looking particularly at you Chrome! This is not an issue only from a technological standpoint, but also an UX one. Too many tabs are difficult to have a complete picture of, they cannot be meaningfully grouped and are not really visible. Today's idea will try to solve this.

Facebook is dangerous

I've become increasingly worried about social media and its role in today's society. Nowadays everyone of us uses one of such services, be it Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc... With time the use of technology became increasingly personal and it's difficult to imagine a smartphone user not having Whatsapp on its phone (I'm talking about the Western markets primarily). If the phones are not used to share text they are used to share photos: Instagram being one of the biggest platform for that. After having stopped Snapchat in its meteoric rise, it is rapidly approaching 1 Billion users. What have most of these top apps in common? They are all owned by Facebook.

Imagining the Macbook Pro revision

I really dislike the new Macbook. It may be 'cause my daily driver for more than 5 years was a 2009 Macbook Pro. I loved the design: sturdy, with awesome keyboard and upgradable. It lasted without too many hiccups for all that time in a world where the upgrade cycle of many electronic products is no more than two years. After a brief switch to the Microsoft Surface I wanted my old laptop back, or even better; the closest thing I could buy. The Apple lineup just refreshed with the 'new' Macbook Pro 2016. I was so disappointed by what I saw where once you could buy beautiful design with convenient build and inputs. I ended up buying the 2015 model (in my opinion, the last great laptop Apple made). In this article I'm going to present what the dream revision from the new model could look like.