A User-Centered Design approach to expense management tool.

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[First, let’s clarify something: this article is written by a non-English native writer, so Shakespeare, please, my apologies: I swear I’m trying to do my best].

I’m in the sixth week of the UX/UI design Bootcamp in IronHack Barcelona School. Only two weeks left. Yes, we are close to finishing it. A sad song in my head while writing this (this one for example). LET’S GO!

Challenge: Develop a SaaS tool

Of course, things are getting serious (more serious if it is possible, indeed). Now it’s time for a bigger project. …

(Or how to see absolutely everything from a UX point of view without, almost getting crazy).

Spanish omelette with eggs, onions (although there are people that hate adding onions, not me of course), and potatoes. Lavanguardia.com

It’s Friday night. FINALLY.

The week is almost done, and after a hard week at IronHack Barcelona UX/UI Bootcamp (these guys know what they are doing when teaching, I can assure you), it’s time to have, not only some rest but also some dinner.

First of all, let me tell you something pretty personal: I am not exactly a very good cook (sorry Gordon Ramsey). Although I always try to do my best, my skills as a cook are far away from being great, let’s assume it.

A brief approach to a brief design-thinking process.

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I am sure I’m not the only one that when it comes the time to split a taxi fare, an awkward silence comes to light. And you know what? Yes, sometimes I’m the sort of guy that at the end pays for it.

So, oddly enough, at the UX/UI Bootcamp I’m doing at IronHack Barcelona, the last project we were asked to do was to design a feature that could solve this problem. HURRA!

In my case, to be a bit more specific, it was related to MyTaxi app. …

The company

Whole Bank started operations in Framingham, a small town in Massachusetts, United States. Their goal was to offer a different way to save and manage money by giving customers innovative options such as virtual currencies.

The Problem

Whole Bank detected that the conventional Credit/Debit System shows big inconveniences for travelling customers.

Customers depend on the card to be able to get money from the ATM machines or to make payments. So they would like to develop a tool to let the bank customers pay without having to use the physical card.

Cards traditionally offer a number of perks that make them suitable…


This is an attempt to a usability case study and redesign of the Marylhurst University website, as an exercise for the UX/UI Bootcamp at the IronHack Barcelona I’m starting this January 2019.

Here’s the link: https://www.marylhurst.edu/

Marylhurst University is located in Oregon, USA and, with a size of 50 acres, it was established in 1893. One of his most important values are (as its websites saids):

  • “Offer an excellent education with a liberal arts foundation”
  • “Respect the life and dignity of each person” and,
  • “Put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first”.

It’s important to highlight that Marylhurst University…

Prototyping with Invision, now, thanks to Craft plugin for Sketch is super easy!! But I’ve to admit that is not my first prototype… :)

An approach to visualizing information.

This is a pretty simple but very interesting way to learn how to visualize information and take notes in real time.

Is based on a Ted Talk by Margaret Gould Stewart (Facebook’s director of product design): How Giant Websites Design For You:

Here are my first attempts to do the exercise:

It’s been a while since I started wireframing… First, it was with Illustrator, Indesign, then, what I consider the ugliest and coolest software at the same time, Balsamiq.

Now it’s time to do it with Sketch, and let’s admit it: It’s the best way to do it, so far. The tons of free material and kits you can find online are infinite, and it makes simpler to do it. That’s all. No discussion.

I did this exercise pretty fast (1 hour?) and the result is great (I think). Let’s keep an eye at it:

It seems the things are going bigger and bigger… and I like it.

Here’s my new little approach to Sketch:

The more I use Sketch (I’ve to confess) the more I love it. It’s super easy to get into the interface (and if you’ve been designing with Illustrator or Photoshop or other “design” programs, much more…)

Is super cool the fact that you have an infinite canvas, and I love the way shortcuts work!! I’m a shortcut lover, so imagine the size of my happiness right now!!!

This is not the first time I’m using Sketch, but I’ve to admit it’s pretty a terrific software…

As a digital designer, art director, blah blah blah, it’s been a bunch of years working with Adobe suite… Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and that weird for some called Fireworks… Yes, for me Sketch is kind of a son of Fireworks, but it’s much more easy to work with and the possibilities that it offers are simply amazing…

Quique Sánchez

Always trying to improve UX/UI skills

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