There’s Always One: iPad Photographers and Other UX Gestures

There’s a great sample sales app out there on the Oracle ADF Mobile Design wiki showing how task flows differ depending on a well-rounded understanding of user requirements.

Notice how using the device to take photographs during a meeting is missing from the tablet (let’s assume it’s an Apple iPad) task flow, yet present in the smart phone equivalent.


The iPad Photographer. Image from Curious Rituals: Gestural Interactions in the Digital Everyday eBook.

Using an iPad (more...)

Driving Miss DVT*. The Evolution of Dashboards User Experience

For many of us, our first exposure to the concept of a dashboard was in the car. Indeed, the term is still used most frequently in that context. Since the days of the Ford Model T, dashboards in cars have come a long way.


Bentley Continental GTC dashboard (Source: WikiPedia)

Dashboards on the web, and in enterprise applications, have also come a long way since our first exposure to the pioneering digital dashboard (more...)

Simple to Use, Simple to Build: Your Oracle Simplified UI Design Patterns eBook is Here

The Simplified UI design patterns and guidelines for building the Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle Sales Cloud simplified user interfaces are now available from the Oracle Applications User Experience team as an eBook.


The eBook covers the Oracle ADF-based UX design patterns, page types, and components used to build the SUIs, and now you can build your own cool UIs too.

The book is simple to read, it’s short, and it’s free!

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Oracle Applications User Experience: The New Cool. And Hip With It Too!

Great shout out for the Oracle Applications Cloud Release 8 Simplified UI by all-round Oracle Applications UX champ and enterprise applications guru Floyd Teter (@fteter). He tells us: “Simple is the new cool.


Simplified UI Home Page. A tablet-first crisp experience from the cloud.

Nicely put. But, if that’s not enough kudos, try this Dutch language article, “Oracle doet hip en demonstreert interfaces”. The article is about the AMIS-hosted (more...)

Enterprise UX Change Optics: Newton (Isaac not Apple’s)

Tech startups have a key role to play in bringing out change in enterprise user experience (UX), as pointed out in this great Wired article: Enterprise UX: Why the Paradigm Shifts.

Now, there are many nuances to enterprise-level user experience and the stakeholders are different to the consumer UX space, even though the consumerization of information technology driven by users expectation is now a given. Innovation in the startup space ultimately influences consumers before the (more...)

Google Glass: Hot Chip from Hot Chip

Taking @scobleizer’s Age of Context further than he imagined (just kidding), I love the Google Glass message I received when listing to Hot Chip on Google Music on Google Glass.

Hot Chips all around! Very contextual (sure).

copyisdesign: Bad experience (Translation) MEGA An experience…


Bad experience (Translation)


An experience shared by Oleksandr Pysaryuk:

"Looking at the Russian localization of the MEGA (cloud storage and electronic collaboration service) Android app. Spotted two non-existent words + two sentences with grammatical errors out of seven messages on a single screen.”

Roxanne, You Don’t Have to Put On Your Google Glass

What intimidates others most about Google Glass? Undoubtedly, it’s the camera staring them in the face as you walk by or converse with someone.

Here’s how (so, I am told)  SXSWers were seen wearing their Glass to prevent such fear and anxiety. Selfies were taken in Amsterdam as I walked back to my hotel passing red light districts nearby.

Interesting example of stakeholders and user requirements.

Hands-Free Wearables: The User Experience Lesson

I’m a keen runner. I have a dog too.  And now I have a wearable tech way to combine my running requirements with dog exercise time that also illustrates what user experience (UX) is really about.

I use Google Glass with Strava Run Glassware for the digital part of run task. I use a Stunt Puppy running leash for connecting myself to the dog  safely as crank those miles out together. Yes, that’s a (more...)

Simple Is As Simple Swipes: Oracle Applications Cloud Release 8

The premise of the Oracle  Applications Cloud Release 8 Simplified UI (the new entry experience for Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle HCM Cloud users) is, well… simple. It’s simple to use, simple to build, and it’s simple to sell the UX message too.


Simplified UIs for Release 8 ready to be put in the hands of the audience. The problem’s getting it back as they want to discover more! (Image: Michael LaDuke, Oracle America, (more...)

Google Glass Ethnography in Dubai

The Google Glass Ethnography continues, worldwide. I did not experience any negative reactions.

Wireframing an Oracle ADF Mobile app with style in Mexico. That…

Wireframing an Oracle ADF Mobile app with style in Mexico. That Usable Apps UX workshop is worldwide (AmsterdamChicagoDubaiLondon, MexicoReston, and not just Silicon Valley…). Find out more and how to join in at and And follow along on Twitter: @usableapps

Context: It’s Bananas! Lessons from @Scobleizer and Mexico

Robert Scoble (@scobleizer) told a Google Developer Group meetup recently about how the Ritz-Carlton Hotel near his home in Half Moon Bay, California offers a superb experience for guests by knowing more about them. 

Years ago, such knowledge was mined from wastebaskets in guests’ rooms after they’d checked out. The evidence was matched with guest records. Next time they checked in, guests would be astounded to find their favorite candy bar already (more...)

Cards and User Experience: Know When to Bold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em…*

Cards; a familiar, enduring and powerful paradigm in user experience. Card sorting exercises are widely used during design, and the use of cards in UIs is everywhere. Cards are a great way to organize information, chunk it up logically, and be a springboard for users to glance at the essence of information and visualizations, and then swipe from or flip over to get to more. Cards, tiles, bundles, infolets. Users ‘get’ (more...)

Make Wearables, not Swearables for the Enterprise Design Jam

A very successful Oracle UX wearables design jam was held in Oracle HQ, run by myself on the day. Lots of energy and creativity involved.

New hires and older hires alike, all genders, all ages, from across the globe and domain heard about wearables design fundamentals, saw Google Glass and Pebble smart watch demos, and then used their provided toolkit (see below) to design an enterprise solution for VP-level review. Cool event, fun, and (more...)

Language and UI: My, Yours and a $300 Million Click

Love this Oracle Usable Apps contribution by co-worker Karen Scipi, called “Designing the Language Experience of the User Interface”. Karen makes some great points about how the choice of language in the UI needs to reflect the demands of consumerized technology and simplicity in the enterprise. 

Word choice can have a major impact. Take a look at the following screen from the Oracle HCM Cloud Release 7. It shows a simplified UI (more...)

Language and UX: CRUD can also be a Fancy Name for Crap

If you can guess the PL/SQL statements used by transactions or the names of your database’s columns by looking at the labels on input fields or action buttons in an application’s UI, then consider yourself enlightened. You’re ready to improve the user experience.

Take a look at the UI (more...)

Heads Up Displays: Global Guerilla Google Glass Ethnography

Google Glass falls into a user experience and technology category of Heads Up Displays.

Oracle’s Google Glass Explorers have been traveling far and wide, and this Usable Apps blog “Heads Up on Displays: Exploring Google Glass Globally"  explores the reactions of those around them in China, Ireland (more...)

How to Find Your Oracle Voice in the Oracle Sales Cloud

If you’re a customer, or a partner building integrations for the Oracle Sales Cloud user or other applications, and have mobile users looking to make the most of their smart phone features to be productive with tasks, then check out the Usable Apps blog on Design Guidance for voice applications: (more...)

Usable Apps Wearables and Translation in the Enterprise

Visual showing an example of a hands-free use case using wearable technology, this time Google Glass. This use case, perhaps for mobile field service workers who might need to have signs translated on the go so that they can do their job safely and easily. This example shows Google Glass (more...)