We’ve all been there. You’re working on a project, and suddenly you are told you will be presenting your progress in 5 minutes to your stakeholders, the CEO and your childhood crush who are all excited to see what you’ve been up to.

There is no time to put a deck together. There is barely enough time to find the latest versions of each screen and put them in a separate page in an attempt to make the project look a bit less messy and cluttered. But you do it anyway and walk to ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶d̶o̶o̶m̶ the meeting room.

1 Remove the unnecessary

You connect you screen to the monitor or start sharing your screen. This is your first impression! Make sure you are presenting what needs to be seen and ONLY what needs to be seen. …


If you haven’t read part one which covers Augmented Reality, you can check it out here. If you don’t care about it, then please continue reading!
What SIGGRAPH tought me to look out for as a designer. Part 1: Augmented Reality

I still remember the first time I tried a VR headset. It was the Oculus Rift dev kit 1. It was heavy, with a lot of wires, and with a lot of taking it off, adjusting the settings, then putting it back on again. But it was magical nonetheless. That was 5 years ago and a lot has changed…


I was very lucky to attend SIGGRAPH 2018 on behalf of AltumView. I got to see the latest developments in hardware, software, and machine learning and get a good idea on what to expect for the next few years. Most importantly I got a few glimpses on what kind of an effect these emerging technologies could have on designers.

5PM. I had so much fun that I forgot to eat or drink anything all day! But still smiling!

The two biggest players in AR in terms of number of devices are iOS with ARKit and android with ARCore. …


Other Chapters:
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 1: Question Everything
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 2: Logo Design Basics
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 3: Logo Design Tutorial (This one)

In the previous chapter, we went through some of the basics of logo design. In this chapter, we get a bit more serious. Starting with a tutorial. If you have ever opened the Sketch app, then you should be ok following along with the tutorial:

Sketch Logo Design Tutorial Part 1

This tutorial is meant to give you the skills necessary to start turning your logos from…


Other Chapters:
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 1: Question Everything
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 2: Logo Design Basics (This one)
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 3: Logo Design Tutorial

You go on Instagram and you see a bunch of really clever logos, then you think to yourself: “My business needs a clever logo like those!” Alright. Let’s see what it takes to create one of those clever logos for your business.

Music Match Logo — Credit

Let’s have a look at the logo above. What do you see? A guitar, a match, and flames. If you were to guess what the…


Other Chapters:
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 1: Question Everything (This one)
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 2: Logo Design Basics
Design Without a Designer — Chapter 3: Logo Design Tutorial

I did a presentation of this chapter, to an avid iOS developer meetup called ViDIA on May 24th, 2018. Below is the video of the presentation. If you’d like to read instead, then scroll on…

I decided to start a series of blog posts called Design Without a Designer in an attempt to share my knowledge and know-how and some tips and tricks that I have…


About 2 years ago I volunteered as a design mentor for the Van{Hacks} hackathon in Vancouver. I ended up sleeping in the Hootsuite lounge to make sure nothing went wrong and to provide support to the teams in the form of design feedback and healthy snacks, making me the only mentor who stayed overnight.

It was a really fun, exhausting, and eye-opening experience. I had the chance to interact with many designers working on similar problems, all trying to hit the same deadline. All of them were trying to develop a presentable idea that solved the social challenges presented at…


Yesterday, after a long quiet period Sketch announced their new version. Sketch 49. It come with some basic prototyping features and one of the main new updates was an official Apple integration for iOS 11 UI kit. It all sounds great, but if you take a closer look it starts to fall apart.

“Why is Sketch will not survive for long” Created in Sketch.

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room. Invision. They announced a couple of months ago their new product called Invision Studio. For a long time Invision has been the must-have plug-in for Sketch. They started creating plug-ins for sketch under the name Craft. Craft…


I started this debate with my girlfriend on our commute to work one day. I was arguing for the vagueness of the definition of consciousness. She was arguing for limiting the rights to only biological beings to not give AIs that are more capable than humans to get an advantage over us.

What started as a fun argument soon turned into a whole bunch of grey areas. In this story, I want to share with you some of the thoughts and questions that were raised.

An adult human being has the right to vote. A computer program does not. …


Another CES passed by and we saw a bunch of new smart cars, with self-driving capabilities. What all of them had in common, was how they were trying to be the center of your digital experience.

Image courtesy of Byton

Byton for example wants to track many aspects of your health and show it on the large screen on the dashboard for you to see. They are also trying to be a hub for your music and entertainment. Some of the car manufacturers are also insisting on developing their own personal assistants in the car.

Alborz Heydaryan

UI/UX/Motion Designer | www.alborz.design

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