With the year 2020 coming up next – I think that with the passing of yet another decade – we are right now on the verge of something exciting and fresh! According to many trend reports, we will soon witness significant changes in our consumerist culture and as for working life. Now is the time to start planning for future crops based on the harvest of last year.
Today, in the middle of the hottest heatwave of the summer holiday season, I decided to finally put together this blog post on how to spot and choose the best digital agency or design team for hire. Outsourcing design is a growing trend – but how to choose the best people to execute a demanding UX/UI design project or other ambitious digital service design project with your own internal team?
Many companies are now becoming software driven and they need to deliver genuine value, build useable, intuitive and desirable interfaces so that people can operate them quickly and effectively with their mobile and other devices. This is harder than it seems and takes a great deal of time, skill and talent to achieve. Design sprints … Continue reading The Value of Design Sprints Explained
So I am currently participating in the Nordic Summer University conference – organized this year in the astoundingly beautiful Saulkrasti, near Riga, in Latvia. The place is a tiny and peaceful coastal town with stunning views of the Baltic Sea. This year’s gathering has around 170 participants from various countries around Europe and elsewhere, with … Continue reading The NSU Summer Gathering Proceedings
Recently, I have given a lot of thought to conversions. A static website may attract a lot of traffic, but unless there is an initial CTA (otherwise known as “call-to-action”), that traffic may be of no use at all. According to a recent study by Bain & Company, around 80% of companies say they are … Continue reading About Analytics, Conversions and On-Site Surveys
In “A Thousand Plateaus”, in a chapter entitled “Treatise on Nomadology: The War Machine”, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari utilize the model of the game Go to illustrate the dispositions of the “war machine” – an array of conflict that is “exterior to the state”. What might be the implications of this notion when it … Continue reading Extrastatecraft, the Game of Go and Digitalization as an Oxymoron
Working time takes up a grand majority of our lives. The overall impact of working life conditions in the mental and physical well-being of employers is huge. … This weekend, I am attending a well-being hackathon event related to solving and reducing the negative impact of burnouts. The event is organized by the Finnish insurance … Continue reading Culture Still Eats Strategy for Breakfast?
What are the major issues dominating the field of design right now? As the holiday season is now over, it is time to skim through the relevant details. Let’s get started with a few statistics. By 2017, a whopping 89% of marketing people expect customer experience to be their primary differentiator at the global and … Continue reading The Emerging Trends and Seismic Shifts in CX, UX and UI Design
With the unique Slush 2016 tech event of last week now behind us here in Helsinki, Finland sets out to celebrate a hundred years of independence in 2017. … Independence day celebration being about history and looking back on our accomplishments, 100 is a very nice round figure for not only reflection on the past … Continue reading Happy Independence Day 2017 Finland!
The annual startup event Slush, held in Helsinki, has become well-known as one of the most hip ones worldwide. And Slush has been growing exponentially. In 2011 the event had 1,500 attendees, in 2012 the number raised to 3,500, and the year after that to 7,000. Two years back, in 2014, the amount of attendees … Continue reading About Slush and the Helsinki Startup Scene
So I got to feature in the same Wired Magazine article as Nokia's former CEO Mr. Jorma Ollila once. ... I was 16 at the time. You can read the full article online here: http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/7.09/nokia_pr.html ... This article offers a brief glimpse into the world of the Finnish company Nokia during its emergence and heyday. … Continue reading Me and Mr. Jorma Ollila