The weekend had arrived.
I slowly glanced around the room, at each and every participant, all seventeen of them, sitting quietly around this very large classroom table, eagerly awaiting what was to come before them. Our guest Jewelry Design Instructor standing at the head of the table. Me sitting at the other end.
Two very special days with this super-hero Instructor. She guiding them step-by-step through the processes of design and construction. Demonstrating how to use the tools. Then the technique. Then the discussion about strategy and materials. And finally, beginning this fabulous necklace project design.
The excitement was palpable…
Late last year I received an invitation to try out and review Mockitt, a UI prototyping tool. I had never heard of it before, and judging from the eminent and annual UXTools survey, it wasn’t picked up by the masses either.
I have to admit I’m having a hard time keeping up with the latest tools. I stick with tried and tested industry standards, just enough up to date to fit in with most design teams I join as a contractor.
My personal experience aligns well with the UXTools survey when it comes to tools used for UI design and…
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Identifying common issues your design team may face.
Decision making process for leaving your current design job (or any job really) or for deciding to keep at it.
This blog post by Rubrik will walk through how they recently approached modernizing their design system to dramatically accelerate development while tackling the scaling challenges we encountered as their product portfolio expanded.
Lessons on how to make an impact beyond our products, how to collaborate beyond Zoom calls, how to organize ourselves beyond our bubbles, and how to improve our craft beyond art…
(1) What does it mean and require for you to be resilient as a jewelry designer?
(2) What does it mean and require for your jewelry design business to be resilient?
(3) What does it mean and require for you as an individual to be resilient?
(4) Why is it important to be resilient?
(5) How do you manage resiliency?
Resiliency is a form of power. It describes our ability to bounce back from overwhelming challenges. It is necessary for survival. Organizationally. Business-wise. Professional-wise. Psychologically. It should be at the top of the To-Do list for every designer…
An online survey quickly comes to mind if you want to find out which customer segments use your product the most or want to know how satisfied they are with it. It’s fast, cheap, and you get quantifiable results and statistics. Your decisions are therefore crystal-clear and evidence-based. Isn’t it fantastic?
A survey is very easy to set up. But it is even easier to set up a bad survey.
A survey is very easy to set up. But it is even easier to set up a bad survey. The fact that your customers answer a number of questions does…
Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!
Future of E-Commerce. Interesting article which focuses on upcoming trends which will impact the E-Commerce universe. In the past I’ve alluded to articles where this evolution was being rendered with the integration of AI systems, Decline of Monolithic Platforms, Hyperscale Computing, Measurement across all Devices, not to mention Personalization and Customization, but this article sheds light on additional topics, such as Voice Searching and Drones to name but a few. Well worth a read. Highlight of the article includes:
“Drones have been spoken about for years now, and the average…
Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!
Usability. Another pertinent and always worth reading article from the Nielsen Norman Group. This in particular focuses on the topic of Usability, and how that is measured in Digital Products (websites, applications). The article details elements that are fundamental when assessing usability, namely Learnability, Satisfaction, Efficiency, Memorability and Errors. It’s an article that is well worth revisiting from time to time, as it forces everyone to really focus on what is essential when devising product solutions. Highlight of the article includes:
“On the Web, usability is a necessary condition for…
A few weeks ago I wrote an article explaining objectives and key results (OKRs) as a method of setting goals and maintaining a path towards a product vision. This week, I’m discussing some social media experimentation I did with regard to the social marketing OKRs I established for myself.
In that post, I explained the uses of the OKR framework and created a number of them for my social media content product. …
A key part of the designer’s role is to interact with the various clients in such a way that construction of the relevant knowledge — assumptions, perceptions, expectations and values and desires — results in shared understandings. Not as difficult as all these big academic-type words sound.
The design process should be partly seen as creating a learning environment. The collective goal of this environment is to elicit shared understandings and feed back this information into all the choices involved with the design.
Design requires that works and words connect. As soon as we look at a design — even…
The designer needs / wants / demands some level of acceptance by the client for the design. It is important to anticipate and assess how the client will form an opinion and make this kind of judgment.
For the client, some things will be accepted as true and right without proof. We call these things assumptions.
Other things for the client must be interpreted as to what they mean — a mental map or impression. We call these things perceptions.
The client will also have certain beliefs about what will happen or should have happened. We call these things expectations.
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