Gift yourself or your ‘creatively-inclined’ friends this holiday season

It is that time of the year again, to forgo calorie-counting and start gift-giving. Designers are the hardest to buy gifts for because they seem to have very particular interests evidenced by their highly-curated Pinterest boards. If you don’t have the time to find gifts for picky and ‘creative’ individuals, here are a few suggestions which have been chosen based on what I shamelessly want for myself, or of other designers that I know. …


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by Caroline Hernandez from Unsplash

Over a year ago, I barely knew anything about what User Experience (UX) design was. Attending General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive course showed me how my background in visual design and psyhology were related to UX, and I quickly realized that this was something I could be into for a really long time. Getting into UX did not only present a new career path, but it also taught me more about design and how much it can influence people.

Getting the basics of UX, its principles, terms and definitions down wasn’t so tough. In theory, it was pretty straightforward, transferring those skills learnt in a course environment, to that which was expected in a professional setting was definitely an up-hill climb. …


A short takeaway of form-design practices and insights for designers, business people and everyone.

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Forms are a part of everyday life, and honestly, they aren’t always the best of experiences. Whether it may be confirming your plane tickets for a getaway or checking out items for your shopping cart. We all have wished that forms could be designed just a little bit better.

Even though we now have more options of introducing emerging tech, bots, biometrics and more into our interactive designs, the fundamental structure and purpose of forms have changed very little from the paper forms that we still have around today.

Essentially, forms need to be Communicative and Accommodating.

Communicative forms help users understand why they are there in the first place, and it also makes them feel like they are having a conversation with you, not an interrogation. …


Curating the ultimate Marina Bay Sands experience.

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The Brief

As the fourth project of the UXDI course, we were given a project that would improve the MBS website navigation, create an online integration of the various services that are offered in Marina Bay Sands and improve the hotel booking experience.

This project was treated as a ‘pitch’ to MBS, so the solution proposal was made to be concise. If awarded, this project would be slated to have 6 months. Together with Ridzwan Haron and Koh Khai Liang, we created the faux-agency BBNNP (don’t ask what it stands for) and enacted the roles of UX Researcher and Designer.

The predetermined goals for the business…


Making ibanking easier.

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As this was a design exploration project on enhancing an app of our choice, our team had decided to give ourselves a bit of a challenge to design the DBS digibank mobile application.

The main goal of this project is to enhance the user experience of the mobile application.

Working in a team of 3, our group consisted of Ridzwan, who has a background in Consultancy, Khai Liang, who was an Art Director from the Advertising industry and I, the psychology grad.

I was mainly involved in the preliminary competitor and heuristic Research and the UI prototyping of the final presentation, while the other two members also involved themselves in the Research, User-testing and other stages of prototype creation. Working together with aspiring UX-ers Koh Khai Liang and Ridzwan Haron, this was our third project in our UXDI course. …


Learning all about Information Architecture.

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This was the second assignment to learn the basics of Information Architecture (IA) and how it works. IA is all about how large amounts of information is structured and organised into logical and understandable parts. Just like how the animal kingdom is classified and the books on Amazon.com.

What exactly is Information Architecture?

Nielsen Norman Group defines it as the definition of a site’s content and functionality and what their relationships are to each other.

Reading this helped me.

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The Brief:

To re-design the Information Architecture and a few main pages of an educational institution’s website. …


An exercise on UX Design.

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Fitpossible app icon mockup.

The Fitpossible app prototype is an outcome of the first project on my UX Design learning journey. My main goals are to always learn as much as I can, to embrace the process, and come out being more aware of how good and purposeful design can change our experiences.

The Brief

The chosen topic for this project was Fitness. The aim was to come up with a simple mobile application solution which could solve users’ problems related to Fitness.

Quick Take-aways

  • Understanding the ‘Why’

To know the ‘why’ at every stage of the research process was a crucial point for me to consider as I went through the process of discovering what issues my users had. It is also one of the fundamentals of the Design Thinking process. As Donald Norman had pointed out in his book The Design of Everyday Things, I had to understand what the real problems were. The problems that the user tells you does not always imply the true issue, and we have to ask not just what, but also why. …


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I’ve gathered some things that I’m seriously in love with in terms of great app design and with each one, a similar but not so awesome example that could be improved upon.

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Airbnb

Just not too long ago a little-known and failing start-up called Airbnb, had decided to implement something called Design Thinking into their philosophy, and suddenly things started looking a little brighter. They have revolutionised the way people travel, rent and stay at locations far and wide. Lots of people got talking about how Airbnb has effectively implemented design to produce thoughtful and successful experiences for its users. …


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photo: Chris Holgersson

“ I am a fresh Psychology graduate, I also have a background in graphic design and I hit the gym regularly. ” That’s how I introduce myself to people, most of the time. But sometimes, I try just to believe (like how most people do?) that my life is infinitely more interesting than that. This is by no means a story on self-praise and my ‘amazing’ life, but rather, things I need to tell myself to make myself feel better. This is a story on why I had chosen to learn about User-Experience Design.

Lots of people would raise their brows in surprise after I tell them about my choice in Psychology, and they would ask me: Why?. What value does learning Psychology bring with a creative visual background? I ask myself that question alot, and when I think about what I’ve learnt, psychology actually has so much to do with design, it’s as if the purpose and principles of design was due to the way our brains think and process sensory information of our world. Every time i think about that I feel like I’m getting a mini high-five 🖐🏻 from the universe. …

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Ken Lee-Sanekata

Designer. Learning to unlearn. Astronaut of the psyche and french-fry enthusiast.

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