My sketching kit and the reasons for loving it!

Most designers know that hand drawn sketches is the best way to communicate the essence of an idea or the initial interface solutions. Since I use paper sketches a lot people frequently ask me what material to use. Following years of extensive testing I have found a sketching kit that lets me focus on the idea and avoid details. Let me present the perfect companion to any creative professional.

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The consultants nightmare, the office chair from hell!

I choose not to sit by the same desk every day, therefore I am often found working at different cafés and hotel lobbies. But sometimes when I am installed at a new office for a project, I end up with what every consultant knows of far to well and dreads – the office chair from hell.

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True or false: Does confusion online set men and women apart?

ManAndWomanI discovered that women were more reluctant than men to continue when faced with confusion on an online e-commerse application in a study for Holiday autos. Among the respondence women failed to follow through renting a car while the men succeeded. Based on this test it seems to be a major difference in how men and women solve problems online. i want your input in this. Are men and women really this different?

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Let’s make QR Code mobile tags for our business cards!

The mobile tag technology is being introduced nice and slow on the market. Up to this date only the Asian markets has a large penetration of this technology, that makes printed material far more interactive. One of the coolest uses for it, is to use the tags on a business card. Please scan my personal information presented here with your QR Code reader or let me show you how to do it yourself. It is surprisingly simple!

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Photo shoot for the front page

Angner Photo ShootIn order to get a new cover page for this site i invited my dear friends  Ivan Da Silva the photographer and Mariella Angnér the make up artist to arrange a photo shoot. 680 pictures later i found the picture. In this post you are invited to have a look at some of the images that did not make it to the front page. Enjoy!

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Wifikartan: A study in a service that loses its meaning

WifikartanThe user experience is all about the small details. Some times very small things can affect the experience to such extent that an otherwise brilliant service completely looses its meaning for the user. A good example of this from my own experience is Wifikartan. A service that I found, loved and suddenly stopped using. Let’s take a look at how a small missing feature can make a loyal user to move on.

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What do I like? Taste and bullying in social media

Like“Like’s” on facebook and other social sites is a very interesting concept indeed. A minimum effort from the user results in a statement that may be encourageing or discouraging for the receiving part. The important question I need to ask myself is off course “What do I like?”

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The forgetful gadget

TheForgetfulGadgetI’m hard core iPod user since the absolutely first 5 gb model was released back in 2001. The super simple step by step navigation appealed to me and syncing my complete music library was just so cool. There is a few small things that the engineers from apple havent managed to get right. The iPod sometimes suffers from acute amnesiotic seizures.

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Effect management the guiding light in every design

EffectMapTeaserCreating successful results is the goal of every designer, however it is just a fraction of all interactive sites and solutions that get ahead and get profitable many hardly even getting noticed at all. As a designer I avoid just designing and focusing instead on designing for effect!

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Usability is not a task, phase or profession. It is all or nothing!

Mårten AngnerMillions of sites and systems in the world are exhausting to use, very ugly and filled with features that are not needed by anybody. But there are glimmering exceptions where everything just seems to be working smoothly together. What makes the difference? Is there a secret formula? In this post I will let you in on some of those secrets. Creating usable applications is within your reach, but only if you are willing to make usability your number one priority!

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