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Sneaky tricks for developing on small devices: ‘Bitmap Folding’

One of the most problematic constraints when developing applications for resource constrained devices, such as mobile or Set Top Box is ‘video memory’.

You often will not have control over how much video memory is allocated to your application, or what the fallback behaviour is when your application uses too much. Continue reading Sneaky tricks for developing on small devices: ‘Bitmap Folding’


 

Super Kickups returns

Addictive as crack… apparently 🙂
Out now for Android >Super Kickups mobile game

I decided to relaunch one of my classic old web games as a mobile app. I picked Super Kickups since I thought the game mechanic works nicely on a touchscreen. Continue reading Super Kickups returns

O’Donnell’s 3 Laws of User Dynamics

Remember kids: You don’t have to please ALL your customers, just the ones you want to keep.


 

sheepThe first Law: conservation of users

Users are not created or destroyed, only converted to or from using a competitor’s product. Continue reading O’Donnell’s 3 Laws of User Dynamics

Wait for it…

Improving the usability of an interface, by making it do more or less what the user actually expects of it, is a pretty good route to an overall sound user experience. Yet, there’s one key mistake almost every interface I’ve looked at makes in this regard – what I call the Spurious Stimulus Response. That is… Continue reading Wait for it…

YouView – Smart TV UI

YouView is a Smart TV service in the UK, a spin-off of a BBC RnD project which runs on Set Top Boxes and certain Smart TVs. I worked on the core UI for years and thought I’d share some insights into best practices when building applications for such resource constrained devices.

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