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Mobile UX Pathways

ICTKTN is working with MEX (Mobile User Expereince) to support their ongoing initiative, Pathways, exploring the future of mobile user experience.  There are two MEX events each year in London, where a number of ICTKTN members participate as MEX Scholars, helping to shape the Pathway initiatives.  Six key themes emerged from the event held earlier this year:

 

1. Network austerity and design efficiency

After years of disinterest, consumer usage of wireless data is exploding, driven by advancing device capabilities.  This growth is creating a new challenge for designers: understanding how the highest quality of user experience can be delivered in the smallest byte size over unreliable, capacity-constrained wireless networks.  Success in this new age of network austerity requires a designer’s eye and an engineer’s efficiency.  (More at  http://pmn.co.uk/mex/2011-pathways.shtml#1)

 

2. No experience is an island

Digital experiences have, to-date, been designed as isolated entities.  The next wave will see mobile devices and wireless networks woven together to create experiences spanning multiple touchpoints.  Indeed, a first generation is already emerging, using cloud architecture to replicate data such as video and music between PC, mobile and TV. At the cutting edge of innovation, designers are starting to go further by tapping into the unique capabilities of each touchpoint and combining displays, input methods and data sources to deliver experiences greater than the sum of their parts.  (More at http://pmn.co.uk/mex/2011-pathways.shtml#2)

 

3. Completing the 3D circle

3D displays viewable without special glasses are arriving on TVs and mobile devices.  With them comes the promise of new experiences enabled by the additional dimension.  However, such experiences will only succeed once advances in 3D displays are matched by advances in 3D input systems, allowing customers to interact more naturally with a new class of visuals.  (More at http://pmn.co.uk/mex/2011-pathways.shtml#4)

 

4. New approaches to improve sustainability

The mobile industry lags other consumer goods sectors in providing sustainable choices for customers.  As customer desire for sustainable living grows, the industry must evaluate the whole life cycle of its products, from smarter material choices to ownership models which reward customers who repair, recycle and re-use.  The unique capabilities of wireless networks also have the potential to enable sustainable living throughout customer’s activities, from shopping locally to choosing the most efficient transportation.  (More at http://pmn.co.uk/mex/2011-pathways.shtml#7)

 

5. Accidental art enabled by digital

Myriad sensors, from HD cameras to motion sensors, are now integrated into mass market mobile devices.  The presence of these technologies, and the desire to subvert them for creative use, is enabling new forms of expression.  With so many customers taking advantage of these capabilities to try new art forms and activities, the industry must consider how best to support the use of mobile devices as tools for digital craft.  (More at http://pmn.co.uk/mex/2011-pathways.shtml#8)

 

6. Crying out for better audio design

Improving the audible dimension of digital experiences is an area of ripe opportunity.  Sound connects at a deep emotional level with users, yet is consistently treated as an afterthought when designing digital products.  A new approach is needed to help designers evolve the tactile, visual and audible elements of their products in unison.  (More at http://pmn.co.uk/mex/2011-pathways.shtml#9)

 

The next MEX is in London on 30th November - 1st December 2011.  Find out more and get involved at http://pmn.co.uk/mex/ or by contacting Marek Pawlowski (mp@pmn.co.uk or +44 7767 622957).

 
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