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Informed Opinions and Industry Insight on Tech, UX and Product Development

Connecting tech leaders with insight to move the needle, and developers and designers with inspiration to build really cool touchscreen-driven stuff people will love.

Why Has the IoT Gone Button Crazy?

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

UX Design, natural user interface (NUI)

Qt World Summit Boston 2018 Was a Huge Success

Last week's sold-out Qt World Summit in Boston brought together developers from coast to coast to explore product development using Qt.

Qt

Move Slow and Fix Things: Lessons Learned from Facebook Missteps

Want to design a better, more successful product? Learn from Facebook's mistakes.

UX Design

A Look at QUiLoader and QFormBuilder

Developing widget-based apps? You can generate user interfaces dynamically with Qt Designer UI files.

Qt

Determining the Optimal Touch Target Size is a 3D Problem

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

UX Design

Code Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Development

Things sure have changed for web developers. Here's a look at how their jobs have grown increasingly complex since Y2K.

web

QCompleter Makes Your Apps More User Friendly

QCompleter provides completions for user entry based on an item model, and is supported by QLineEdit and QComboBox widgets.

Qt

UX Design for IoT is a New Frontier

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.

UX

We Ported a Qt App from C++ to Python. Here's What Happened.

Can Python and PyQt be used effectively to develop large, complex (typically desktop) applications? Find out.

Qt, Python

Robots are Not Designers (and Vice Versa)

Can a robot do a designer's job? Should it?

UX Design

Building Cross-Platform Software is Easy

Sure, it used to be impossible. But these days, you can build your app before deciding which platforms to deploy it to.

web

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

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

UX Design, natural user interface (NUI), Graphical User Interface (GUI)

A Look at Input Masks and Validators in the QML Environment

Your QML-based applications can follow UX design best practices using these features.

QML

Learning Design from a 4-Year-Old

Why are fire trucks red? Why not green? As a designer, you must always keep an open mind.

UX Design

Does Minimalist UX Design Require Maximal Design Effort?

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

UX Design, design leadership

Qt Support for Input Masks and Validators

In the two-part Qt Basics, we'll look at Qt's support for input masks and validators. Today we explore support from widgets. In a future installment we'll look at how these features are supported from QML.

Widgets, Qt

How to Control Your Game with a Raspberry Pi

We built a cool large-format Plinko-style game for use at a trade show. Here's how we did it.

Raspberry Pi, gamification

Is the Future of UX Design Super Minimal?

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

UX Design, design leadership, product design

Is Empathy Just a UX Buzzword?

As designers, we're in the service industry. To deliver great service, we need to be great listeners. And that requires empathy.

UX Design

Eliminate Bad Coding Practices: Recognize Anti-Patterns

Common development solutions, anti-patterns generate negative consequences. Here are several you should be familiar with so you can avoid.

Qt, C++, QML

Let's Build a ZeroMQ Library

Here's a walk through of the build process from source code.

Qt

Build a High-Performance Messaging Service with Qt and iOS

Here’s a practical guide to implementing ZeroMQ for your messaging server.

Qt

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

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

UX, design leadership

6 Reasons Why You Should Co-Create

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

UX, design leadership

Develop Your Qt Expertise with These Targeted Resources

Whether you prefer video, online study or in-person instruction, there's a learning tool right for you.

Qt, Training

How Speech Synthesis is Helping Alexa Grow Up

Want to give Alexa a more conversational tone? Here are some ways you can customize your voice application.

voice app, alexa, chatbot

6 Qt Books to Amp Up Your Knowledge

In today's digital world, sometimes it's nice to unplug. Go old school with a printed volume while expanding your knowledge of Qt.

Qt, Python

The Trick for Moving Clients Beyond Their Fixed Design Ideas

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.

UX, design leadership