Thu Dec 12 · Software Development

Why Context Erosion is a Problem

Understanding why products are built the way they are is crucial for engineers looking to evolve them. The moment this understanding erodes, development stalls, time is wasted, and products break. At Connected, we have taken the first step to solving the problem: naming it.

Fri Dec 6 · Voice

This Is What A Voice Experience Looks Like

Senior Design Researcher, Hilary Hayes, shares her approach to conversation mapping which includes important conversation map components for voice design.

Tue Dec 3 · Design, Software Development

The Art of Prototyping: When to Go Low and When to Go High

Choosing the right type of prototype to build is an art form. In our latest piece, we walk you through different scenarios and how to assess which prototyping method is most impactful in each circumstance.

Thu Nov 28 · Product Thinking, Software Development

Why Product Experimentation is a Necessary Investment

Creating a culture within engineering teams that enables you to deliver excellence to the market, while never losing sight of the need to ideate and experiment is notoriously hard. Connected’s Carlos Elena-Lenz gives his take on how this can be done.

Thu Nov 28 · Software Development

When Successful Projects Fail

The ability to get buy-in from stakeholders can make or break a project—no matter how successful it may be. Learn how to promote your project's value.

Tue Nov 26 · Product Thinking

Getting Ahead of the Virtual Wild West

By looking at the levers that shape telecommunication experiences—social and spatial—we can begin to unpack the future of spatial computing.

Thu Nov 21 · Design, Software Development

3 Steps to Designing a Niche Product You Know Nothing About

It’s easy to fall into the trap of designing in a way that meets your own needs and desires. But as Connected’s Senior Product Designer Hala Khoursheed has learned, designing a product that you’ll never use requires an extra level of empathy and process.

Tue Nov 19 · Software Development

The Importance of Accessibility in Product Building

There are over 1B people worldwide who suffer from a disability or impairment. Connected’s Sobia Fazal discusses how we helped one of our clients build with inclusivity in mind throughout the product lifecycle of a new smarthome device to ensure that the product works for everyone.

Thu Nov 14 · Design, Research

How to Run an Immersion Phase

An immersion phase done properly is a powerful tool for delivering a successful project; however, they are often considered a box-ticking exercise. Together, Connected's Katie Hill and Zachery Oman have written an in-depth guide on how to get the most out a session—for both the client and for the external team—and created an interactive immersion toolkit to help you hone your skills.