iPhone X – Innovation or Product Stagnation?

    There was a time in Apple’s history when the company started with the customer experience and worked their way back towards technology. All the past products at Apple, have been designed in that manner, and that’s where the innovation and progress really used to occur. For example, the iPod, was not the first…

The Forgotten Sunnah of ‘Itqan’ & ‘Tathabbut’

If one looks back in history to the Islamic Renaissance from, 7th to 15th century. It is easy to see how influential Muslims once were. They were an example of ‘Progress and Innovation.’ My article will attempt to explore the concept of ‘Itqan’ & ‘Tathabbut’ in the context of rising above our egos and preconceptions. The human ego…

Corporate Culture and Soft Skills – Maximise your Human Potential

Working with a diverse group people over a span of 8+ years has taught me a lot of things about life, work, and culture in general too. Dealing with people with diverse backgrounds as Advertising, Telco, eCommerce, Military & Defense and Software Development. I have noticed a few things that are common in all of them. Though…

Alpharabius – The precursor to Modernity

Alpharabius – A master of solving intellectual jigsaw puzzles, navigated and shaped the humanistic thoughts of a period now referred to as the as the Golden Age of the East. Al-Farabi made a fundamental contribution to Arabic literature and produced Arabic commentary and interpretation of Aristotle, Plato, and other ancient classics at a time when European…

Stephen Hawking’s Book – The Grand Design – A Review

Brief Introduction Stephen Hawking’s Book – The Grand Design attempts to disprove the existence of God using Science and Mathematical models. In this book, it is claimed that the Universe is a result of the Laws of Physics alone, and God is not needed to explain how it began. However it misses out on a…

An Engagement with the Humanities

One of the great weaknesses in the contemporary work-world is a shortage of critical thinking skills and an appreciation of how the insights of the great philosophers can enhance the daily lives of regular people. Philosophers are often derided for having their heads in the clouds, i practiced some of the things i learnt from…

Creativity – The Drivers, Inhibitors & The Downside

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all it’s students – Hector Berlios  1856 We should use our time wisely, it is a limited asset, and as we grow older it sort of becomes a privilege. Throughout history one can find great examples of disruption. Ideas that changed the world forever. Ideas that…

User Experience Design in 2017 & Beyond

As a User Experience Designer, a great deal of my efforts are spent on the intricacies and nuances of this niche area. ‘User Experience Design’ is arguably an output of imagination, and critical to growth in the Digital Era we live in. By evaluating the pulse of the design industry, it easy to see how the…

2016. It’s Time to ‘Be a GameChanger’

Free your mind. It’s time to ‘Be a GameChanger’, it’s time to change the rules. Go beyond the norms. Not much will be gained in terms of innovation, if you live the life of a conformist. Every technology company in the world is striving for and fighting for innovation. In my opinion as a creative…

User Interface Design/Experience and Usability in the Middle East

(The context of this article is Usability and User Interface Design/Experience in digital products and services in the Middle East Region, specifically in Saudi Arabia. The content should not be taken as a science, but rather an opinion, from real working knowledge of design industry and know-how) Lately I have been working on a lot…

Why User Experience will dominate in 2016 and beyond

The pace of digitization is picking up at an unprecedented rate in the last 36 months. Every single day, around the world. Almost every single management professional of the tech industry is working on an RFP to digitize an existing industry or sector. Thousands of developers working on new apps and technologies, that have the potential…

Digital Marketing – Creative Solutions & Measurable Returns

Steve Jobs knew quite well that the Internet in general and the key-less SmartPhone in particular is going to change human behaviour & habits substantially and globally. That’s why he was a big backer of the Apple Store, iTunes, and the iPhone itself. It’s not a co-incidence trust me! – Farzan Chishti Marketing is no…