I’ve been a designer in the professional sense for almost 8 years. In that time, I have gone through valleys and plateaus of learning and growth. My first FTE job was a great accomplishment and I was learning a ton, for a year. My second job connected me to a…


This is a simple and paperless solution to contracts for small side projects

I work full time in Seattle, Washington as a UX/UI designer. The company I work for, Palador, builds enterprise apps and websites for local and international companies. Sometimes we build internal facing applications, sometimes it’s a public…


How often do you brush your teeth? Once, twice, three or more times a day? How often do you shower? Once, twice, 7 times a week? What if you combined the two activities at least once a day? I promise it will make your life easier. …


Unless you’re black in America, you don’t know what it’s like to be black in America.

I feel like I live a pretty normal, white person life and many of you will be like me. When I see violence in the media, just like everyone else, I make quick assumptions…


Facebook is discovering how to most effectively permeate with our social lives. And it’s quickly becoming the most efficient tool for physical interaction we've ever had.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last night and I saw an official Facebook ad. It was a video showing friends and family…


Insight: The real wake up call

What does it take for a video to go viral today? It takes social media, plain and simple. Every week as we scroll through Facebook and Twitter, there’s a new often touching video that explains the big picture of society and the effect the internet has on us. …


While both UI and the content are equally important in an app, bad content will always poison the screen, even if the UI is fantastic. Lets look at two examples that have really nice UI and yet still rely on great content to look good.

Take Medium for example. Clean…


You can’t deny the truth behind this piece, just like good design.

Good design and art are basically as opposite as it can be. Good design, unlike art, is non objective. There is no adding or subtracting from, and still maintaining a good design. Good design conveys it’s function through it’s form, truth. Art is completely ornamental, an expression of the artist, not its function. There is no grey area here, it’s either art or design.

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I was creating a false sense of meaning behind individual experiences.

I recently had a self reflective moment where I said, “I want to go about UX design a little differently next year” and this is why. I was creating a false sense of meaning behind individual experiences.

I was obsessed with learning about experience design, any experience that was possible…


The credit card is designed around the machine, not the user.

It occurred to me this morning when I was paying for coffee that every time I get this card out, I have to look at it and figure out which way to swipe it. Multiple times a day, I’m faced with this challenge. Just to be clear, I’m not complaining…

Tyler Savin

Sr. UX Designer, living on Earth, Milky Way. www.tylersavin.com // @OlyTsav

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