The Use Case for a Lightsaber? What Sci-Fi Authors Can Learn from UX

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Applying UX techniques can help science fiction authors write more interesting and more believable stories. See what writers can learn from the user experience realm. [Read More]

Controlled and Totalitarian: Sci-Fi’s Pessimistic View of the Future

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Most science-fiction movies are pessimistic and depict dystopian societies. They provide useful guidance to increase awareness of what technology might bring to user experience. [Read More]

To Boldly Go Where No Observer Has Gone Before: Sci-Fi Movies for UX Practice

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Observation skills are important for UX professionals, and lead to creative insights. Science fiction films offer an opportunity to practice these skills and best practices. [Read More]

Interview with SF Author Rudy Rucker: Interfaces in Sci-Fi

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Rudy Rucker talks about user interfaces from voice recognition, hand gestures, eye tracking, to his own invention that is activated by sub-vocal speech and mental commands. [Read More]

From Science Fiction to Science Fact: How Design Can Influence the Future

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Science fiction shapes our collective imagination and pushes technology forward. Ultimately, science fiction is a prototyping tool that can impact the science of tomorrow. [Read More]

Interview with Sci-Fi Author Bruce Sterling: Alien-Computer Interfaces

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Bruce Sterling talks about Hollywood, aliens, and how interfaces are depicted in sci-fi movies in a conversation about UX and sci-fi. [Read More]

The Dystopian Experience: Technology and UX in Science Fiction

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Dystopian sci-fi can make us more aware of the potential negative consequences of technology that we might not otherwise be able to imagine. [Read More]

2029: Fashion Futurism

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Futuristic fashion as wearables that interface between the body and the world. Key concepts to interpret future fashion and clothing as a means for expressing data. [Read More]

The UX of Us

Science fiction asks the big What if...? questions. Pay attention, because the important work in the future will be how we change the UX of our daily lives. [Read More]

Editor’s Note: UX and Science Fiction

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The multi-polar, multi-cultural, multi-platform, multi-context world of science fiction can help user experience researchers and designers explore scenarios, technology platforms, and cultural/social contexts. [Read More]

On the Edge: Beyond UX in Western Science Fiction

Asian sci-fi is inspired by classic Western novels as well as native literary traditions. Chinese, Indian, and Japanese approaches reveal creations based on different cultures. [Read More]

Two Museums of Future UX Design (Book Review)

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A review of Art of Imagination: 20th Century Visions of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy by Frank M. Robinson, Robert Weinberg and Randy Broecker and Future Toys: Robots, Astronauts, Spaceships, Ray Guns by Antoni Emchowicz and Paul Nunnelely [Read More]

Letting Go of the Words (Book Review)

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A review of Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works (2nd edition) by Janice (Ginny) Redish.
In this seminal book, Ms. Redish brings together Content Management, clear writing, and usability testing, with helpful examples, case studies, and stories. [Read More]

Rubes Cartoon: The Pantheon

Cartoons from the wild and twisted world of Leigh Rubin, syndicated cartoonist. [Read More]