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Yes, you may have guessed it from the title. I’m back again yet with another design challenge/exercise. As being involved in several interview opportunities, I’ve come to accept that design exercises are expected in the interview process because it helps see how a designer will approach a design problem and if they can connect the basic dots. I’ve started to enjoy these challenges and embrace them as practice to exercise my creative muscle and critical thinking skills.

For this specific design exercise I was asked to create a simple design experience surrounding the use of business communication tools. I was…


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This is the first year that September has rolled around and I’m not enrolled in school. Yep folks, I made it to the finish line. I graduated this past May, and am currently on the hunt for a full-time job. Crazy how time flies when you’re having fun… or in the middle of a pandemic.

It feels like it was only yesterday when I was coming back to my college campus for the first semester of my final year. A lot has happened since that moment in time, including a lot of personal development. …


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After interviewing for the role of a product designer for a startup, I was asked to complete a 24-hour design challenge in order to showcase my ideas when it came to designing for an e-commerce site.

Seeing as this was my very first design challenge in an interview process, I was excited and decided to record my process.

I was given the task of redesigning the Checkout page, for their e-commerce website, with the constraint of designing an experience for a user that is completing their second order using the existing checkout page.

Here is what the existing design of…


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Being consistent in definitely easier said than done. It takes practice, hard work, and paradoxically, more consistency. The topic of consistency in design and life popped into my mind as I was shuffling through the pages of Universal Principles of Design, co-authored by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler. According to the book, consistency is “the usability of a system is improved when similar parts are expressed in similar ways.” After reading much about the principle of consistency, a light switch in my head clicked. I realized that there is so much overlap between design and how we live…


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Illustration by Sami Alur

Last weekend, I saw the upcoming film, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Growing up in the Bay Area, I have always had ties to San Francisco, but have only started visiting the city more as I’ve grown older. I hadn’t seen a movie in a while, so when my brother’s girlfriend suggested that we go watch this film, I jumped at the opportunity. Little did I know that I was going to have a life-changing experience.

In a way, this film hit close to home because I have always been in awe of the great city of San…


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A couple nights ago, I had the pleasure of attending a talk at Butchershop Creatives about The World’s Greatest Internship for SF Design Week. The World’s Greatest Internship is a paid internship in 6 different cities for 6 months at 6 of the world’s top design agencies with their lodging and travel expenses covered. This past year, they had received a total of 1,000 applications of which they had selected only two interns: designer, Whitney Badge and writer, Madeleine Carrucan. At the panel, Whitney and a bunch of the heads of agencies that she had spent time at during her…


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Illustration by Sami Alur

Last night, my parents and I were walking back to our car after having a nice family dinner in Jack London Square. We had parked in a random back lot near the CAL train station, so our walk was quiet and almost ominous. My mother had jokingly stated, “this is the perfect place to film a scene from a horror movie.” To my surprise, she wasn’t far off from her statement.

Almost seconds later, as we were about to turn onto the street where we had parked, we start to hear this low groan. Turning the corner, it starts to…

Sami Alur

Industrial Design student @ RIT. Lover of books and the great outdoors. Bay Area native.

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