Dorothy Shamonsky

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Dorothy Shamonsky, Ph.D., is the Director of UI/UX R&D for ICS. Her current focus is Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) and achieving simple, compelling user experiences for devices and services that are part of the Internet of Things.

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Why Has the IoT Gone Button Crazy?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 07:07  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX Design, natural user interface (NUI)

Creating natural and frictionless interactive experiences may mean limiting button use.

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Determining the Optimal Touch Target Size is a 3D Problem

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 12:36  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX Design

Creating a natural user interface requires a good understanding of how hands actually interact with screens.

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UX Design for IoT is a New Frontier

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 07:09  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX

Designing for embedded devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) is challenging because unlike with web and desktop, there are few common design aspects shared across devices.

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What’s a Natural User Interface and Why Should I Care?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 08:46  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX Design, natural user interface (NUI), Graphical User Interface (GUI)

If you use NUI principles to design a touch interface you'll get better results than if you default to GUI principles.

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Does Minimalist UX Design Require Maximal Design Effort?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 13:48  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX Design, design leadership

New technologies and cutting-edge IoT products require substantial design effort — even for the simplest-appearing designs.

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Is the Future of UX Design Super Minimal?

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 14:18  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX Design, design leadership, product design

Super minimal design is the way of the future for IoT devices, hiding vast complexity behind the simplicity.

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Co-Creating? A Little Emotional Intelligence Goes a Long Way

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 07:39  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design leadership

Here's how to gain value and avoid conflicts when co-creating with your stakeholders.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Co-Create

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 07:37  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design leadership

Including stakeholders in the creative process will pay dividends for your project.

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The Trick for Moving Clients Beyond Their Fixed Design Ideas

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 07:24  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design leadership

Clients want the best possible outcomes for their projects, but sometimes they get in their own way. Here's how to guide them toward success.

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Reduce UX Friction: Start with User Journeys, End with Successful Products

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 08:36  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design leadership

Friction in a digital experience causes customers to turn away from your products. Here's how to avoid that.

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4 UX Design Best Practices to Keep Your Team on Track

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:33  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design leadership, best practices

Following these best practices will ensure your user experience design and development process is focused and effective. 

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In UX Design, Quality Hinges on Effective Micro-Decision Making

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 13:58  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design leadership

Do you have stellar designs that don’t translate into stellar implementations? Here’s the remedy.  

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Want Your UX Design Project to Succeed? Include Stakeholders in the Process

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:00  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design leadership

Despite tight budgets and short deadlines, taking time to sketch helps stakeholders make informed decisions.  

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How Attractive User Experiences Deliver Unexpected Payoffs

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 12:59  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, UI

Humans are driven by what they find attractive. That’s why product development teams should prioritize appealing UX.    

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Designer/Developer Dissonance: How to Create Harmony for Your Next Project

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 08:49  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX Design, UX design team

Designers and developers approach the same problems from different vantage points. For a successful collaboration, adhere to these 3 guidelines.

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Use Design Thinking to Close More Deals

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 11:54  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design thinking, design leadership

Design thinking is hot. Apply it anytime, anywhere to show your clients you understand their goals.

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How to Create a Culture that Values Customer Empathy

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 15:09  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design thinking

To become a more design-driven company like Apple or Intuit, you need the right policies in place. 

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Does Your Company Embrace Design Thinking? Here's Why It Should

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 08:33  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, design thinking

Powerful design extends beyond the product to the entire enterprise. Learn how design leadership can deliver better products.  

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Design Leaders Ask Pushy Questions

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 08:57  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  Success in UX Design, UX design team

Empathy is at the core of great design. Understanding what others see and feel leads to more effective design and, ultimately better products.  

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What Do Castles Have to Do with UX Design?

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 10:12  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, UX Design

A family vacation touring the castles of Europe turns into a real-life lesson in UX design.

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Want to Empower Touchscreen Users? Let Them Choose Their Own Layout

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 13:13  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, Interactive Kiosk

Whether designing for desktop or touchscreen, your goal as a UX designer is to allow users to interact with content in a way that works for them.

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Turning the Page: Creating Natural-Feeling Touchscreen Interactions

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 09:27  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX

Creating user experiences that feel natural should be the goal of any touch-interface designer. Here's how we developed the page turner.

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Want to Create Touchscreen Layouts that Feel Great? Embrace Human Movement Patterns

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 11:32  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, UX Design, Touch Gesture, touchscreen

Incorporating natural behavior in touch interaction enhances the user experience.

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Virtual Tactile-ness: Creating Engaging User Experiences

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:08  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, Virtual Tactile-ness, haptic

Touch delivers heightened, more viscerally powerful user experiences. 

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Tap, Tinder and Touchscreens: How Swipe Can Improve the User Experience

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:06  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, touch, touch gestures, tap, swipe, compelling touch, touch user experiences, TInder, natural touch gestures

If you are overusing the tap gesture, it's time to re-evaluate your design approach.

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Good Design is Fast

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 17:26  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX, User Experience, Design, rapid prototyping, iteration

Can user experience (UX) design be fast and good. We think so. Check it out.

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A Sure Way to Succeed in a Design Process

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 14:15  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  user experience design, UX, user experience designers, designers

Designing is a process, and as a designer you can utilize numerous strategies to progress to a successful outcome, but a sure way not to succeed is to deny the process. I like to describe it as not “honoring the design process.” You need to pay homage to the natural forces of doing and deciding. In other words, performing a bunch of random activities utilizing gathered requirements, constraints and user profiles does not necessarily lead to a solid design. A couple of examples that I have witnessed:

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Is the Design Process Like a Wave or a Particle?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:56  •  By Dorothy Shamonsky  •  UX Design, user experience design

Although design is a subject of much interest in this age of highly usable technology products, misconceptions about the user experience (UX) design process abound.

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