Tag: user experience

Our Top 5 BlackBerryCool Posts of 2012 Highlight A Key Problem: User Experience


Today, we look back on a year’s worth of BlackBerryCool articles and see an obvious problem with legacy BlackBerry devices that RIM needs to address with BlackBerry 10 and beyond. The top 5 articles, in terms of traffic, are all related to customers having a bad user experience. According to our traffic, BlackBerry users in 2012 found their devices difficult to use, slow and complicated to set up. Now, this is purely based on traffic to our site and doesn’t necessarily reflect the total BlackBerry user population. But it does show that there is a large amount of users that are searching for tips on how to fix and set up their BlackBerrys. This needs to be fixed in 2013.
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Cascades for BB10: Beta 3 released


Good news from the twittersphere: Cascades Beta 3 is out!

Cascades is the beautiful UI framework that’s being developed over at RIM based off of the highly celebrated acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe from Sweden. This will enable developers to make highly responsive and polished applications that are sure to make BB10 a hit.

Developers will be treated in this beta to the BB10 Social Platform that we all know and love. We can also expect to see developers take full advantage of the new UI additions or even start integrating calendar, contact, and email support. These additions are just the tip of the iceberg and a promising first few steps in the right direction. Keep your eyes peeled for the Beta 4 and 5 releases in November as well as the beta 6 in December of this year.

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Don Lindsay, RIM VP of UX, Gives A Brief History of BlackBerry 10’s “Peek” Feature


During the keynotes at BlackBerry Jam Americas, Don Lindsay took the stage to talk about BlackBerry 10’s User Experience and Interface design. Lindsay has an interesting background as he was Design Director at Microsoft Live Labs and Design Director of Mac OS User Experience Group at Apple. If RIM is going to have a competitive smartphone user experience, he’s definitely the man to help get the job done. Lindsay explained the origins of Peek and it’s a really cool story.
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Interview with Teknision and the Story of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook UX


Watch an interview with Teknision’s Presidet, Gabor Vida.

When we first wrote about Teknision, and their involvement in the PlayBook UX, the article got a ton of exposure because it was thought that RIM’s acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) meant that they were solely responsible for the UX. Since then, I have sat down with Teknision’s President Gabor Vida, to talk about Teknision as a company, its involvement in the PlayBook, and a little about their thoughts on design. We also discuss why we haven’t heard more about this company.

One thing that became really obvious to me about UX design for a product like the PlayBook, is that the average consumer has very little idea how many companies, people and design iterations it will come across before it gets to market. Before Teknision or TAT got a hold of the PlayBook, there was another company called Artefact that briefly touched the tablet as well.
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