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affective design Improves the Edmonton.ca Experience

Last week, affective design’s latest user experience project was launched, with the help of Yellow Pencil (who handled the build) and Dirty Lab (who handled the visual design). Read more

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Blink vs. Think, or Unconscious vs. Conscious

Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, was one book caught in the broad net I threw out while performing my master’s thesis research. When I read the book, I had a couple of issues with it… Read more

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Logic + Emotion at CanUx 2007

Starting this Sunday, and on to Tuesday afternoon, I’ll be attending CanUx 2007 (The Canadian User Experience Workshop) in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Canada. I’ve been lucky enough to attend CanUx since its inception, as an employee of nForm User Experience, who puts on the workshop each year… Read more

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Monitoring Your Emotional State

Jess McMullin, my former colleague over at nForm User Experience, sent me this link to the Exmocare wristwatch today… Read more

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Happy 1st Birthday affectivedesign.org!

Happy 1st Birthday affectivedesign.org! A little over a year ago, I started this blog to continue expanding my understanding of how design can better affect and reflect our emotional and psychological needs… Read more

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The Emoticon Turns 25 :-)

I’d like to wish a happy belated birthday to the smiley face emoticon, which recently turned 25! Wow! Has it really been that long? The emoticon doesn’t look a day over 21… 😉 Read more

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Emotion, Automobiles and Personality

“To some people, a car is a kind of extension of the self—it seems to send a message about what kind of person one is and one’s sense of values and style.” Designers have been using an understanding of sociology, anthropology and psychology to design automobiles that appeal to consumers on an emotional level… Read more

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Brand Personality and Trust

According to research presented at CHI 2007, users judge the relevancy of identical search results from different search engines based on the brand, with Yahoo and Google coming out on top… Read more

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Money Can Buy You Happiness, But Friends Cost a Lot Less

According to a research team from the University of London, money CAN buy you happiness. That being said, chances are you won’t get the kind of raise you’d need to compensate for losing the things that bring you happiness… Read more

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How Does Culture Affect What We Focus on?

With globalization, more products and services are being distributed to a global, multicultural audience. What kinds of adjustments need to be made to tailor these products to different cultures? Read more

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Phones That Sense Their Environment

The recent announcement of the iPhone, equipped with motion and proximity sensing capabilities was only the first in a rash of new phones that can sense and respond to the environment… Read more

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