Zeke Franco

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Putting Pencil to Paper: FiftyThree debuts the best iPad stylus yet - The Verge

“In the two years since Paper for iPad launched, creator FiftyThree has witnessed dozens if not hundreds of styluses compete for the crown of “best stylus.” Today, the company has finally thrown its hat in the ring with Pencil, a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) stylus for tablets. FiftyThree’s first hardware device ships today in two models: walnut hardwood, for $59.95, and aluminum “graphite,” for $49.95.”

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Pencil by FiftyThree

Pencil by FiftyThree the makers of the Paper iPad app. $49 & $59

I really enjoy the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, but I think this one will be great create for sketching, doodling and faster, but artistic stuff. It has a very different form factor (carpenter's pencil vs a pen) so I think I'll be happy to have both in my tool set.


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Post-it ScenariosScenarios are a great way to demonstrate how a...

Post-it Scenarios

Scenarios are a great way to demonstrate how a person (customer/user/specific persona) could work through a task in a specific context.I enjoy using post-its for scenarios of task-flows that haven’t quite been settled on. The post-its make it easy to add, remove and rearrange the plot points to form new stories. It’s also a great way to communicate how two or more scenarios differ. People can easily understand how the complexity of a scenario changes when you have to add five more post-its to the story to complete the same task.

Because these are rough sketches the people you’re working with will better understand that the solutions proposed by each scenario are pliable. This will result in better participation and feedback.The mantra on IxD Sketches is always that sketching is about approachable communication not creating art.


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Process Flexibility

Thinking that process is a silver bullet that can fix everything is sort of like early economic theories that presumed that accurate predictions of markets can be made without incorporating human behavior. You need to factor in the people and the business culture using the process. Many, if not most software businesses are conducted in a waterfall way even though the product they are making may be built using an agile process. The power of agile as well as the meaning of the word implies flexibility, which is why switching an IT department to an agile process alone doesn’t make for a successful software product. For the business to optimize it’s success it needs to listen to the feedback and adapt it’s products, goals and sometimes even budgets.

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