Final Project -:-:- Weeks 8 and 9 -:-:- Ironhack Bootcamp Berlin

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PREFACE

Why would you want to make people quit their jobs and take a mid-career break? Isn’t it an insane thing to do?​ On the contrary, it might be the only sane thing to do if you look at some alarming figures.

According to a Gallup survey conducted in August 2018, only 15% of all German employees like their jobs which leaves 85% dissatisfied. Eighty-five percent! It is not surprising that every second German citizen feels threatened by a burnout (aerzteblatt.de, April 9, 2018).

Given these figures you…


EVOKING MEMORIES THROUGH THE MOST INTIMATE OF OUR SENSES — TASTE

Task 6 -:-:- Week 6 -:-:- Ironhack Bootcamp Berlin -:-:- Individual Project

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TASK
This time, we were to come up with a responsive microsite for desktop and mobile devices. I decided to create one for memory popsicles, an exhibition at Helsinki Design Week 2019.

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BACKGROUND

Helsinki Design Week
Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries, showcasing design from various fields, as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. The festival is a platform for new faces and phenomena of design…


… FOR YOU TO FEEL THE RIGHT KIND OF ENVI (NO, WE HAVE NOT MISSPELLED IT, OUR ENVI COMES WITHOUT A “Y”)

Task 5 -:-:- Week 5 -:-:- Ironhack Bootcamp Berlin -:-:-
Team of 2 (Canada and Germany)

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TASK
For this task, Ironhack had already conducted most of the user research for us. We were offered several user personas to choose from to design a responsive online magazine both for desktop and mobile use.

High-fidelity prototype of online magazine


… WITH A NEW ATTRIBUTE READY FOR FACEBOOK AND MESSENGER

Task 4 -:-:- Week 4 -:-:- Ironhack Bootcamp Berlin -:-:- Individual Project

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TASK
New week, new task. Four days to work on it. Ironhack style. Think, brainstorm, and get this idea on paper (and prototype)! Focus on UI, user interface design. Align your new feature with the given brand as if they had really incorporated it. Let there be no difference in style. Be precise. Take a close look at the brand.

The feature I was to create was a payment function among Facebook friends. Get the money issue…


… AND LEARN A LANGUAGE WHILE USING IT

Task 3 -:-:- Week 3 -:-:- Ironhack Bootcamp Berlin -:-:-
Team of 2 (Germany and Germany)

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TASK
Smart People Inc., a company offering traditional English and Spanish language courses, as well as special summer camps would like to offer an equally engaging online experience to kids who cannot attend a real camp. 12 to 18 year-olds should be able to study a language while at the same time enjoying a wide range of activities, combining learning and fun.

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EMPATHIZE AND DEFINE
Summers can be long. Summers can be unbearably long if you…


A NEW WEBSITE FOR BUCHBOX!, A NEIGHBORHOOD BOOKSTORE IN BERLIN

Task 2 -:-:- Week 2 -:-:- Ironhack Bootcamp Berlin -:-:-
Team of 4 (Germany, Israel, India, New Zealand)

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BACKGROUND
With all the big online platforms and e-shops, it is vitally important for small local businesses to have an appealing, sound online presence and shop to remain competitive.

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BUCHBOX!
ABOUT — THE SOUL OF BUCHBOX!
For our project we chose BUCHBOX!, a neighborhood bookstore with four branches in Berlin. The staff is very dedicated to promote its high-quality books to its customers and is very helpful when you visit the stores. The…


Task 1 -:-:- Week 1 -:-:- Ironhack Bootcamp Berlin -:-:-
Team of 4 (Germany, Lithuania, United States, Mexico)

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PREFACE
Most problems in design cannot be solved by means of a linear process because they touch many components or affect various clients or decision-makers with opposing interests. As a result, there is no right or wrong. There is not only one solution to a wicked problem, there is many. Think of Hydra — just when you think you have defeated her because you cut her head off, two heads grow back. A wicked problem is there to be conquered by combining systems…


“Select a university website from a given list and examine it a little deeper with a user. Pin down one of the major pain points and come up with a solution to fix it.” These were the instructions given for this task.

OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE WEBSITE

Just like me, my friend who was so kind to serve as a user was surprised to see how modern the website of Oglethorpe University (OU) in Atlanta, GA looked. “It’s obvious it’s an old campus”, she told me, “but you can tell they are open to new developments and a modern approach…


HOW SIMPLE SHAPES AND BLACK AND WHITE GET YOU RIGHT TO THE CORE OF AN APP

In this exercise, we were to take the reverse path from high-fi mockups to wireframes. emov is a Madrid car-sharing app to rent electric cars, which aims to expand its business in Spain but also in Germany, France, and North America. The elaborated emov app shown below served as a starting point to simplify things and come up with mere wireframes.

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Hand sketching

I started to reduce the information of the high-fi mockup doing a hand-drawn sketch. I enjoy putting things down on…


Sketching is easy, isn’t it? — That’s what I thought when drafting a very basic rocket earlier today but the sketching exercise you can see below proved to be tricky. Why? We were to build two screens of a travel app, coming up with a design as close to the original as possible. Nothing too complicated, I thought, but — I’m used to working with Photoshop and InDesign and while some features and shortcuts are similar in Sketch, some are missing or are the direct opposite, e.g. the order of the masks. …

Sonja Reichel

Berlin designer & author (my novel “364 Tage” has been published by acabus-Verlag); Art Director at V-Formation GmbH. https://www.grafikstelle.com/

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