While developing a new product, there are two obvious choices in terms of a design system:
For the project, we needed the flexibility of defining our own elements. I started looking for a ready design system but the ones I found were either too simple or too complex for our needs at that time. I finally decided to go with a third option: use basic elements such as buttons, checkboxes, and input fields from an existing design system, that I later customized while the product evolved.
In the beginning, I started with a…
The goal of the testing was to understand which medium of communication people would prefer as a follow-up to physical mail: email or a chatbot on the website. A part of the journey would be done only on the website so we included that part as well. Here is the whole testing journey with the 2 potential flows the participant could follow:
The company was introducing a new virtual assistant feature. We wanted to know if the customers would prefer getting in touch with the assistant using email or the company’s website. During the prototyping process, we learned that all…
As a UX designer, I was both curious and critical about no-code tools, so I wanted to try them out. I decided to create a Pomodoro timer app based on an idea I had earlier this year while working on a Daily UI challenge. I set a 3-day time limit for this project and decided to go with Thunkable as it seemed best for my use case. So here are my thoughts on this experience:
I managed to create an app that works across the target platforms (iOS, Android and Web). There are some limitations that you can’t go around…
I have seen many “physical” questionnaires asking for customer feedback. They are always a piece of paper with a pen lying next to it. I haven’t seen people filling those in. You need to sit at the desk to do so.
I saw people giving this questionnaire at the tram stop, so everyone waiting for the tram just started playing with it and filling it using their fingers. I’m guessing that the rate of people giving feedback is much higher than from a “normal questionnaire”.
By Don Norman
The classic. Every recommended book list starts with it for a reason. After reading it you will see the world differently and start noticing the little design decisions around you. Whether it’s the design of the door handle or the temperature control panel. The message of Don Norman’s book is how to make “good design”.
By Jaime Levy
My biggest takeaway was discovering how Design and UX Strategy can influence businesses.
McKinsey examined the business value of design. Their team collected over 2 million pieces of financial data and 100 thousand design actions over 5 years. They defined the McKinsey Design Index, which rates companies by how strong they are at design and how that links up with the financial performance of each company. Here is what they say:
“Companies with top-quartile McKinsey Design Index scores outperformed industry-benchmark growth by as much as two to one.”
McKinsey, like many others, correlates the investment in design with the growth/revenue of your company. So how can a UX Designer add value to businesses?
The famous Design Thinking process is something you will hear about while diving into UX. It became so famous that a lot of companies started giving workshops and presentations on that topic. To my surprise Design Thinking is something I’ve been using from early on at the university but didn’t know its fancy name. Here’s what its process looks like:
I need an anchor point to start designing, so I had always conducted a lot of preliminary research. The two architectural projects I am particularly proud of — one designed to help the refugee crisis in Germany (2014) and a…
“I’m an Architect” sounds so cool when you introduce yourself to people. I always loved designing so why have I changed my career to something most people don’t know exists?
The following points are my response to all the questions I got from my family, friends, recruiters and even my classmates from UX Design course. If you are also frustrated with your architectural job for the below reasons, you might consider finding a career that is a better fit for you.
I love working fast and crossing out items on my to-do lists. During my architectural career, everything was always…