Q&A with designer Kate Braham about timeline event & photo cards concept, Principle, & apps (#10)
Q: What are you focused on?
Kate: Deep diving into mobile interactions and experimenting with animations.
Q: What projects have you worked on that you enjoyed most?
Kate: The User Testing SDK and working with inmates at San Quintin through “The Last Mile” to build an interactive map.
Q: How would you describe this design you made called “Event Cards”?
Kate: This was a design exercise based on redesigning a screen I created for a previous project. I like the idea that the user would have to do very little to see curated feeds of their travels, similar to Google Photos.
Q: How did you decide on the animation from when you tap on something that becomes a timeline?
Q: How did you decide on how to represent the timeline on the bottom, as well as about how to indicate how many photos there are to swipe through?
Kate: The challenge was to create a timeline that shows the differentiation of days, content within those days, and selected states. I use ticks to show the days, dots to show content, and gold to signify what is selected and being viewed above.
Q: What alternatives did you consider?
Kate: The previous iteration is a standard list view animating to a feed of titles and images. This iteration is more manageable from a development perspective and follows more traditional mobile patterns.
Q: What do you think of the software Principle for Mac?
Kate: At Raizlabs, we are constantly talking about “designing between the screens.” Principle makes you think about how elements are connected by providing a simple UI to create complex transitions.
Q: How have your thoughts on Principle changed as you have used it?
Kate: Initially, I thought it was another prototyping app that would fall short of what I needed it to do. However, after using it, I have incorporated Principle into my typical workflow.
Q: What feature requests would you suggest for Principle?
Kate: Radius blur because it is an iOS standard effect.
Q: What are your favorite apps and why?
Kate: B&H Photo on Android — contains awesome illustrations done by a fellow coworker
Instagram — great new discovery feature
National Geographic Atlas — amazing graphics and seamless interactions
LUXE — Visually they could use an update but the service and concept is amazing
Q: What app / product / service do you think has the most upside in future growth / development /etc and why?
Kate: In terms of design work flow I think InVision is positioned to take over. There are a few other apps like zeplin that are making waves.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?