Consumer Trends

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My “Eyes-On” Experience with Tobii REX

February 13, 2013

As UX practitioners, we use different methods to evaluate and measure the user experience. Eye tracking, for one, can help us understand how people consume visual information, which is a key aspect of interacting with most interfaces. Based on information obtained, we can detect usability …

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Getting the Measure of Southeast Asia

February 12, 2013

I had the pleasure of travelling to Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in quick succession last month. There were two key questions that were asked of me in each of these markets, ‘namely what’s the future of online retail?’ and ‘what are their dominating values?’ At GfK …

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High Street vs. High Speed

January is, invariably, a testing time for retailers, as results from the end-of-year holiday shopping period are published and decisions are made on the coming year. For a number of retailers here in the UK, the festive season has not delivered sales figures sufficient to save them from the …

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Let Your Old Age Freak Flag Fly

January 28, 2013

There are four things I’m pretty certain about for 2013. First, I will run the New York half-marathon on the third Sunday in March, passing through Central Park and Times Square, then down the west side to the Battery. Next, a month later, I’ll do the Leatherman’s Loop, a 10K adventure run in …

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Digesting Higher Food Prices

January 16, 2013

Another near-certainty for 2013 is that the impact of higher food prices will be felt by consumers around the globe. Just in time for the New Year, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) economist predicted that prices in the US would rise 3-4% during the year, partly due to the drought …

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Mobile Matters in China

January 15, 2013

One thing that is certain in 2013 is that China will continue to be an area of intense interest and importance for many of us. Next month, Chinese will celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Snake, which is associated with grace, intelligence and material gain. The last of these will no doubt …

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