Location based sex service – this is ridiculous.

April 4, 2012

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OK before I go ahead and make any insightful comments. All of you need to know this popular mobile app: Mo Mo. (Chinese name, 陌陌). It could be directly translated as “strange strange”. And it’s a location based sex hookup software (tho it’s not explicitly explained on their website).  Go ahead and download this app […]

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What does future digital businesses need?

April 4, 2012

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In sum. I believe digital business needs three things: Small&human, everyone as entrepreneur and value co-creation.

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Is the browser dying? Is user interface dying? Long live user experience.

September 8, 2010

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I haven’t use my browser for almost a week…yes. I cannot believe it is happening, and it’s happening so fast – people spend less and less time with their browser right now. And as an user experience designer I’d like to say, this fact reflects a change of Internet lifestyle. This is pretty significant in […]

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Tencent QQ UX design – Chinese user experience products is picking up…are we ready for the combat?

April 27, 2010

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This article is about an reflection on a user experience design of a popular Chinese chatting software – QQ. I think UX experts can learn from about International digital products business development and culture barrier issues by studying their case. QQ has proven to be the best chatting software among all existing ones(it has the […]

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It’s really not all about money

March 5, 2010

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When I studied Graphic Design in Yale University, my professor told me a universal truth: “When you choose a career path the primary thing is figure out if you would enjoy the details.” I realized at a young age that I don’t enjoy choosing typefaces among a thousand of options, so I quit graphic design. […]

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From dating experience to real identity crisis of the web

December 11, 2009

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If anybody cares, I haven’t access my blog, facebook, twitter, IM and any other social media for exactly one month. During this period I asked myself one single question: what does humanity really mean today on the web? What is the biggest challenge here for the next generation’s user experience design?… One month ago my […]

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why you should marry a designer

September 25, 2009

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Many facts suggest that you should marry to a designer. First, designer are smart and constantly optimizing user experiences in their lives. Today designers are no longer artist, almost all of them are tech-savvy and bright. They like solving problems- so they are fully capably of fixing pipes for you; they are curious about everything […]

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GPS should make people feel better of themselves, so as other softwares.

April 17, 2009

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Yesterday at Hugh Dubberly‘s class, Chris, Paul, Phil, Kyle and I were studying some UX theories. For some reason Chris began to complain how much he hated his Garmin GPS: It apparently gives him sort of connivence and freedom of exploring a city, but at the same time it makes him lose the ability of […]

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Luxurious software

April 15, 2009

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Sounds intriguing, I know. Software as a luxury. I had a hard time propose and market this idea to my peers. It indeed comes from my terribly artistic psyche, but that’s also a buzzword hidden in all the things we talk about today, User-centered design, web 3.0, SNS, etc., I have been thinking about this […]

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UX + Branding case: a Chinese web 2.0 beauty website that expands fantasy.

April 6, 2009

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Recently I’m attending CHI at Boston. I got a chance to hang out with my high school friends who happen to attend harvard and MIT here. I’m happy to find my best friends are way more successful than I do – I’m impressed that they(who used to be my crappy highschool mates)becomes the leader of […]

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The future web trends talk

April 1, 2009

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I gave a talk about future web trends the other day, here’s a link for the original Vimeo video: Design or Die – Innovation, UCD, Web and Life (Mozilla Labs Design Challenge: Spring 09) from Mozilla Labs – Concept Series on Vimeo. I listed four themes for the future web, they are: 1. Data. Open, […]

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The science of love VS Human Computer Interaction

February 27, 2009

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The science of love, Inspired by a marvelous video by Helen Fisher, I wanna borrow this metaphor and apply that to human-computer interaction, since J. Bronowski told us: Innovation is the creation of the unity in what is diverse by the discovery of unexpected likeness. According to her theory, there’re three types of love, and […]

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The beauty of a second language, and how this matters to UI design

February 24, 2009

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English is my second language, I began to contaminate this language when I was 21. The learning process brings me so much pain. Even today I vividly recalled in my dreams of my first year in US(when I spoke and understood none English)that how scared I was all the time. After a long silence acquisition […]

from Knight Rider to Ubiquity

February 17, 2009

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Knight Rider has always been my favorite TV show. Yesterday during an unexpected insomnia I re-watched the recent 18 episodes, and interestingly, K.I.T T reminds me of Ubiquity. I dreamed about my browser could do what KITT can do yesterday, when I waked up, I believe the first thing I should do is to give […]

Design advises for non-designers who participate Mozilla Labs challenge

February 7, 2009

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Recently I got many emails from the Mozilla community asking about design process, since I cannot reply every email I received, here’s a tutorial about how to design as non-designers. Hi #: I understand your concern as a non-design-professional and I’m sincerely happy for your passion. So here I’d love to talk a bit about […]

Mozilla Design challenge

February 4, 2009

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As I always love design challenges, here’s the email I received from my adviser, I’m glad to know it finally becames a course project, which I originally wanted to do here in basic interaction design class I TAed last semester. “Dear CMU designers, Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox web browser, has just announced the […]

Another reason to hate live search

December 12, 2008

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I searched “wei zhou” in live search, pretty much just for curiosity, then this result pops out first: Buy Wei. You may get 8% off with PalPal if eligible. – eBay…Wei Zhou, an interaction designer, currently pursuing her master degree in Carnegie Mellon… I wonder how this could happen! Also, here’s a recent poster for […]

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Service design & three Mozilla interns get together

November 13, 2008

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This story can only happen in Carnegie Mellon University. I always love CMU over Yale, because CMU promotes team work, I can work with people from different backgrounds here, where designers, psychologists, MBA students, HCI researchers and computer scientists get together, and we work with real clients all the time. I’m a way happier than […]

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Digital Self

November 5, 2008

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I haven’t updated my blog for a while. The FLU is really killing me. I just got to know there’re different kinds of FLUs, and I am the lucky person who is got attacked by more than one. But nothing can stop me doing fun stuff. These are screen shots for my recent project “Digital […]

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Internet Self

September 21, 2008

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I’m recently obsessed with human identity, perception and self-expression. In Stacie’s course ‘ Information and interaction’, I proposed to do a 6 weeks project naming “Digital Self”. The goal is quite simple: Explore the difference between your real self in the society and your digital self on the Internet.  The method is even simpler: by […]

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Bauhous and Google products

September 2, 2008

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Actually I like Google products over a lot of others. But there’s something out there makes me not a big fan of it. Eventually I cannot endure it anymore and decide to write something. I think Google, being considered as one of the leading software companies in the world, has the responsibility to make their […]

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Scratching the surface

August 27, 2008

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I have been using iPhone for three weeks now. Here’s a normal iPhone user daily schedule. 7:00 AM: iPhone Alarm wakes me up 7:01 AM: Check facebook, twitter, mySpace, Blog, School email, Gmail, company email, open MC chats, log into msn and AIM, Gmail, skype(wifi), IRC(wifi).Quickly check TODO. 7:05 AM: Fully wake up. Hold iPhone […]

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Debriefing and Proposal

August 5, 2008

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My internship ends at Aug 23th, meaning officially I only have 15 days to contribute to Firefox. I will continue working as a contributor for Mozilla at school, so anybody needs a UI designer, a flash AS coder, a web designer or a CG artist and dev, ping me “Wei”on IRC or email me at […]

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Lifestream – Redesign history and bookmarking – Wei Zhou

July 7, 2008

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MISSION Welcome to lifestream!The goal is to find a cool way to organize history and bookmarking for the next-generation browser.Obviously those mock-ups are not good enough, that’s why I put it up here and I welcome all kinds of criticism.If you have any valuable suggestions, leave me a comment, I’ll visualize the idea for you, […]

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Browser 2015 topics – from wiki

June 27, 2008

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Introduction Firefox 3 is undoubtedly a very good browser for now, but in order to keep the top of the game in a long run, it is very necessary to explore the new possibilities for next generation’s of web browser. We noticed there’re some hot trendy topics in interaction community, we assume those thoughts could […]

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