“In life, no one tells you when you’ve won.” I absolutely love this article, the author talked about how most people is approaching life like a game of chess, seeing enemies where there aren’t any, instead he suggest it’s actually a bit more like Tetris.
Were you ever given stickers as rewards when you did something good as a kid? I was, it turns out, that might not be the best idea! It’s training kids to look for extrinsic rewards instead of natural internal ones. It becomes “What would I get if I’m nice to my little brother” instead of truly wanting to be a nice person.
From one of my favourite studio Frog Design, a list of 15 space to watch out for in the tech industry for 2016. I don’t agree with all of them, but it’s certainly worth understanding why they made these predictions.
What does the most eye catching ad looks like? Using the “Darwinian approach to advertising” an algorithm was used to design hundreds of variation for the same product, testing what imagery / layout / copy attract the most eye balls and “evolve” into the ultimate ad, fascinating stuff.
[Facebook Video] A quick video of something I have to regularly ask myself, am I being Busy or am I being Productive. We have limited energy, that’s why it’s important for us to concentrate on the right tasks.
It has been a pretty good week here in London. I’m still working on what exactly I’m hoping to create for myself in the next 2, 5 & 10 years, I’ve been watching and learning from those who inspires me, there is much to learn. However, it had a negative affect on me – I forgot to be confident and speak my own mind.
I was so tuned in as a student and observer, I forgot I too am smart in my own way and I too have a voice (it’s also why i started this newsletter). I need to carry on listening but also need to be a bit more outspoken to train up my thinking and communication muscles. This week [The Good]I’ve noticed I’m getting better at catching my own negative emotions. Now the hard part, learn how to deal with them. [The Bad]Dealing with umbrella companies as a contractor. I just want to be paid… why is it so hard?
Someone I really respected asked what I was hoping to create for myself professionally? Where do I want to be in 3, 5 or 10 years time? The frightening thing was, I didn’t have an answer… and I still don’t, but it is something I have been working on and it’s slowly taking shape.
Have you thought about what your future look like?
Not a new new article but very much worth paying attention to. Have you heard how “it’s 55% body language and only 7% what you say?” That’s a myth. You might also want to remove “is” from your everyday speeches, check out the article for WHY.
Whoever thinks there are no more opportunities for being innovative need to check these scissors out. Designed by ReExcite these scissors with a slight twist can make a huge difference, specially for those with visual or motor control impairments. What everyday object can you innovate on?
For me, this is a slap-in-the-face wake up call. Life is an adventure and you need to be take responsibility in making sure it’s the right one for you. We can’t all be successful chocolateteers, but please don’t go around chasing something you don’t even want.
It’s a real shame we are so far away from Christmas, because this is definitely on my list. The attention and craftsmanship that has gone into designing the user experience for the Boosted Boards only makes me want one even more, only 10 months of pretending to be good to go…
Another amazing example for creating innovative products that makes perfect sense. Partpic’s pitch is incredibly simple If you need to order an replacement part, simply take a photo of it and it’ll tell you where to get it from!
[Good] I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people, I honestly have no idea what I have done to deserve these wonderful friends and opportunities. [Bad] Nothing, not a single thing.
Happy year of the Monkey everyone,
Hope everyone had a good week, the past week has been very positive, my contract role has been going well, I’m really enjoying working on my current projects, the role is rather suited to my abilities and what I don’t know I’ve been given space to learn. The people are pretty cool too. I’m a happy chap.
This article perfectly demonstrates both why UX designers are necessary and also why it’s not a simple job. It also offers some very helpful insights into how to argue (fight) for what’s best for the customer without pissing everyone off.
Reddit might not be for everyone, but you should at least know how powerful it can be. What gets upvoted to it’s front page has a really really good chance to gain traction in mainstream media a short time later. Here’s a fascinating piece on what works by analysising over 4 million data points on the reddit homepage. It’s a bit long, but there’s some nice graph to make it easy to scan/read.
From Nir Eyal author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products a fascinating slide Deck on what makes addictive products, why are we so obessed with our smartphones and social media? Really looking forward to reading his full book.
Animations we see in websites and apps are supposed to be metaphors for what we know and best understand from the real world. That’s why designers need to think carefully how everything fits together. It should not be a series of cute animations, but one consistent language.
How’s it going? So my new journey has officially began last Monday as I start my first contract role in UK at an consultant agency. The role is a bit more UI and a bit less UX then I imagined but it’s still pretty darn cool.
IDEO’s Paul Bennett famous TED talk on designing for the user. With examples of how they helped design empathetically for a slightly better experience for patient in the hospital. It’s about designing “From the person out” instead of “Organisation inwards”
Leila Janah tells it beautifully “Men: if you want to help women achieve gender parity in all aspects of life, which is one of the greatest struggles of our time, you can do something. Introduce the women in your life as full human beings with interesting stories, talents, and ambitions, rather than accessories. ”
A fascinating site showing how different tech companies’ website has evolved over the years, the link about shows how Spotify went from a very boring eyes melting HTML site, to a stylish yet functional product.
[Good] I’m rather enjoying the company I’m working with at the moment. The challenges are interesting, the people are super nice and I’m loving the area (Oxford Circus) [Bad] Waking up at 7:30am in the morning to the freezing cold
It’s been just over 2 weeks since we arrived in UK, we finally have a place to live for the next 6 months (it even has heating and broadband now!!!). My task this week is now 100% on finding a UX design gig in London.
“Our brains prefers instant rewards to long-term payoffs. It’s simply a consequence of how our minds work.” So it’s actually natural for us to procrastinate and struggle to finish what we started. One of my favourite writer James Clear discuss several strategies we could use to battle our nature.
Awkward UIs are when is design confuses the user, it’s when a website is loading but there’s no indication something is happening, it’s when you see Window XP’s infamous Blue Screen of Death. Designers need to bear in mind any given screen could have as many as 5 different states (Ideal State, Empty State, Error State, Partial State and Loading State)
Code in games as well as other sites on this Coding Product Hunt collection shows you so many ways you can get started to learn to code, often free too. I would personally recommend start with HTML and CSS, then learn JS or Python.
The RSA is a fantastic non-profit organisation that makes fantastic short videos showcasing innovative ideas from all over the world in simple to understand formats. I would recommend start to Dan Pink’s Persuasion video.
[Good] We have our own place in London, now it even has broadband! oh how I’ve missed good internet connection (giffgaff isn’t particularly reliable) [Good] We have Netflix! (Hopefully, this remains a good thing by next week) [Bad] Having to relearn some ancient software because that’s what the market demands in UK.
Hello from UK!
I am finally back in freezing cold UK and my word it is still beautiful. We’ve been back 10 days now and are slowly settling back in, finding a place to live in London proofs to be rather difficult when I don’t yet have a job.
Quick 16 points all entrepreneurs should pay attention to approaching entrepreneurship right, such as “9. Love the Problem, Not Your Solution – Having more passion for your solution than your customer’s problem, is a problem.”
Myths for Millennials (Roughly defined as those born in 1980—2000s) are thought as Digital Natives, designers expects them to be experts in technology, but what they don’t realise is how error prone they may be.
What makes some couples so perfect while others turn into a disaster? Do you know the difference between Passive Destructive, Passive Constructive, Active Destructive and Active Constructive in relationships
I’m pretty sure majority of us did not consider Toy Story this way: If the message of most Hollywood entertainment is, “You can be anything you dream of being,” the message of Toy Story is, “No, you can’t.”…A very strange but accurate read
Fancy extra mobile screens with your MacBook? Check out these slightly expensive bracket and monitors
[Good] Been exercising a little more and rather enjoying it, even tried crossfit 🙂 [Good] It’s my birthday [Bad] It’s my birthday [Bad] Just 2 weeks till the big move, rather nervous about how little time there is left.
If you are a designer, you would understand. some might make you want to cry… like I did
[Good]Currently having a break before start of a new journey [Good]Finally updated my portfolio on my site www.shapes.io [Bad] Sleeping really badly, waking up at 5am in the morning not being able to sleep is no good for one’s health
I was speaking with a friend recently, he works in the UX scene in London and has worked with every type of organisations from tiny hip startups to international corporate banks. I wanted to get more insight into what I should focus to get ready for the UK scene.
I was happy to hear worlds like customer validation and agile, but what I was not so happy to hear was tools like Omnigraffle and Axure. Both prototyping tools which I’ve tested and didn’t like, they felt old and clunky, no where as slick as Sketch and Invision not to mention their no-so-cheap price bracket of $99+ and $289+ respectively.
I don’t mind learning a new tool for the better, but this feels like a backward step for me. I used to be a big fan of photoshop for mock ups, I resisted the shift to Sketch for quite some time. I was so happy with all my photoshop shortcuts and workflow I just didn’t want to change. However, I know Sketch is BETTER, therefore I should learn it and I did… In fact, I rather enjoy Sketch now.
The problem is, the banks and large corporations in UK doesn’t seem to be so keen on that idea for change, I understand there is a cost involved to change for large establishments, he cost of software (hardware?) and the training that might be involved, but it’s just such a shame to slow down progress.
So my dilemma now is, should I really try to learn everything and be a jack-of-all-trade at an okay level, so I can work anywhere using whatever tool they prefer or should I get really good at one or two tools and only work with certain companies?
There is simply too much to learn to be good at everything. Any suggestions?
I’ve been working with PhoneGap/Cordova and Meteor JS lately to develop an e-commerce site/app hybrid. Here are some tips I’ve discovered about testing on Android
You need as many variation of Android devices as possible. Right now looking at the current market, I would recommend at least one of each for Android 4, 5 and 6 (Ice Cream sandwich, Jelly Bean and Kit Kat) Tablets are fine, but best to use actual phones to check out for screen size issues (specially when it comes to scrolling)
Check if the phone is plugged in on both side by checking if it is charging
Command for loading Meteor JS + Cordova app on Android devices is:
$ Meteor run android-device
Don’t forget to connect to database before running Meteor (MONGO_URL=mongodb://yourdb.com:2222) or include settings (–settings settings.json)
Even if you have no use for it, you should still install Android File Transfer on your computer, it will instantly tell you if your device is plugged in and if the cable is still functioning correctly!
Bear in mind, there is no chrome device inspector for devices running Android 4 “Ice Cream sandwich” or lower. For CSS issues, making a lot of colourful borders to help you see what’s going on.