Design Report — May 2019

I started these monthly design reports back in August 2017 to challenge my UI/UX design skills and grow as a designer. The main purpose of these side projects is to try out new techniques, plugins, prototyping tools and solve design challenges I’m interested in.

This article is a collection of my work created in May 2019 combined with my favorite design inspirations.

You can click here to browse through all my previous monthly design reports all the way from August 2017 until today.

Finder for iPad Concept

When I started working on the Finder for iPad Concept couple of months ago, I hoped I’ll find some problems and solutions that will resonate with a lot of iPad users out there.

However, I’ve never imaged my concept will be the headline article on such huge sites like 9to5Mac, Cult of Mac or iDownloadBlog.

After sharing my Finder for iPad design concept on YouTube, Medium, Twitter and Instagram I still remember the moment when my friends started to message me that my concept is featured on the 9to5mac homepage. I literally dropped everything at that moment to see it with my own eyes.

Not so much after iDownloadBlog also shared my design concept with other iOS 13 related concepts as we were getting closer to WWDC.

Cult of Mac shared my design concept not only once, but twice in two separate articles. Once, when the concept was still in an early, work in progress stage and once when everything was complete.

The next day I also got a lot of messages on Instagram from my friends that my design concept is at the top of the iClarified homepage.

Around the same time, I was browsing YouTube to catch up with my Apple related videos and I was so amazed when I saw my Finder for iPad concept video featured in the most recent Zone of Tech video.

A couple of weeks after the initial shares I was surprised to hear my concept mentioned in the new Adapt podcast by Federico Viticci and Ryan Christoffel discussing the future of iPad specifically. It was such a huge surprise to hear my name mentioned in a podcast, which never happened before.

Since then we had the Apple WWDC event and it’s so amazing to see that Apple did hear all the complaints and we’ll have official support of external drives and also column view in the Files app in iPadOS.

What I learned from working on this concept

During these past couples of months, I learned that it’s always beneficial and useful to solve our own design challenges since the chances are high that other people feel the same way and face with the same issues.

Creating high-quality product videos and prototypes helps a lot when it comes to communicating our design concepts with larger audiences because it’s much easier to understand these design concepts through a video.

Working on and creating the design concept is only half of the job. Without creating easy to share versions, videos, design articles, and other artifacts the chances are low that people will even hear about your concept.

Don’t stop at the design community. It’s so interesting to see that after my design concept was featured on one of the largest Apple blogs in the world, it still hasn’t been featured on smaller design newsletters and design communities, even though the case study article was written for designers. Sometimes the design community can be discouraging, but don’t stop there and try to share your concept with larger communities.

Last but not least, always try to remember that working on design concepts is a fun side project, which is all about learning, experimentation and having fun during the process.

See you in a month 👋

I hope you learned something from this article and got pumped up with new design inspirations.

In case you have any questions or just want to talk about design, feel free to reach out on Twitter, Instagram or send me an email. Currently, I reply to all my emails within 1–2 working days.

Thanks for the 50 clap 👏 if you enjoyed this article! Every clap, share, tweet and response is a huge motivation for me to keep writing and share more behind the scenes insights with you!

I also redesigned my monthly newsletter from scratch, so I recommend you to check it out as well. 👇