ICS Insight Blog

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.

Turning the Page: Creating Natural-Feeling Touchscreen Interactions

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


The Rise of Social Media Brings New Responsibilities for UX Designers

Social media is challenging UX designers to tell compelling stories in new ways. Understanding users’ online behaviors is key. 


Compelling Touchscreen Animations Enhance the User Experience

Well-designed, tailored user interface animations delivered on touchscreens effectively engage increasingly demanding audiences.

UX, touchscreen, animations

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

Incorporating natural behavior in touch interaction enhances the user experience. 

UX, UX Design, Touch Gesture

Virtual Tactile-ness: Creating Engaging User Experiences

Touch delivers heightened, more viscerally powerful user experiences. 

UX, Virtual Tactile-ness, haptic

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

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

UX, touch, touch gestures

Beautiful But Dangerous: Cinematic Interfaces in the Real World

The dangers of intentionally sacrificing usability for the sake of visual coolness. 

UX, Interface Design, Iron Man

The Lite Mobile Site: Designing a User Experience for Slower Internet

As time goes on, and mobile becomes more popular, we are seeing global growth in its use.

UX, Mobile

Eight Golden Rules: Rule 8 - Reduce Short Term Memory Load

Simply put, don't make your user remember more things than necessary. 

UX, user experience design, Eight Golden Rules

Eight Golden Rules: Rule 7 - Support Internal Locus of Control

In this blog post, we will explore the seventh rule of Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design.  

UX, User Experience, user experience design

Eight Golden Rules: Rule 6 - Permit Easy Reversal of Actions

A look at Ben Shneiderman's sixth rule of interface design: allow easy reversal of actions.

UX, User Experience, user experience design

Eight Golden Rules: Rule 5 - Make Errors as Impossible as Possible

Check out the fifth of Schneiderman's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design. 

UX, user experience design, UXD

Eight Golden Rules: Rule 4 - Design Dialogs to Yield Closure

In this blog post, we will explore the fourth rule of Schneiderman's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design. 

UX, Eight Golden Rules, User Experience

Eight Golden Rules: Rule 3 - Provide Informative Feedback

In this blog post, we will explore the third rul of Schniederman's Eight Golden Rules to Interface Design. 

Eight Golden Rules, UX, Interface Design

Eight Golden Rules: Rule 2 - Cater to Universal Usability

Continuing this series, the second of Shneiderman’s Golden Rules is th

UX, user experience design, Usability

Eight Golden Rules: Rule 1 - Strive for Consistency

In Ben Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design, he wrote: "Consistent sequences of actions should be required in similar situations; i

UX, Design, User Experience

Eight Golden Rules for Success in UX Design

While I missed the recent 2015 Qt World Summit, I have been to and presented at Qt Dev Days for the previous three years running.

UX Design, UX, User Experience

Anti-Patterns of User Experience Design

Some time ago, I wrote a post about the use of patterns in user interface (UI) design.  The idea is that, when one solves problems for a

UX, user experience design, UI

And the Winner Is…(The (Miss) Universe of Bad Design)

If you’ve been anywhere near a media source in the last few days, you’ve probably heard about the epic gaff (

User Experience, UX Design, steve harvey

Good Design is Fast

Getting a user experience (UX) design completed quickly is good for developers, good for customers and good for business.

UX, User Experience, Design

Designing in the Dark

When most of us hear night vision goggles, it is usually a safe bet we imagine a night scene with that glowing green-scale overlay or some

UX, color science, low-light environments

Giving Thanks for UX Design

Here in the U.S., the month of November makes us look at ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday, which for many is a time for being with friends an

UX Design, Human Factors, HCI

A Sure Way to Succeed in a Design Process

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 s

user experience design, UX, user experience designers

Lighting Up the Internet of Things

Here at ICS, we've been working with IoT technology for some time now, and it's been very exciting work. 

Internet of Things, IoT, UX

Is the Design Process Like a Wave or a Particle?

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

UX Design, user experience design

The T in a Great UX Design Team: Generalists, Specialists and T-Shaped People

Team building is always one of the biggest challenges facing any manager.  Sometimes you get to build a team from scratch and get to forg

UX, UX design team, user research

There Is No Magic Here

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

User Experience, technology, software projects