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Collaboration between designers and developers is essential for creating great products. Every company has different organizational structures for designers and developers. Some companies have designers and developers on two separate teams. Those development teams may also break up developers in sub-teams as well. For example, they may separate by front-end developers and back-end developers. In other companies, designers and developers… Read More →

A good product is a lot about the problem that you pick & the ideas that you implement. But a well-sorted & deliberate design-development process can play more than a handy role; ironing out quite a few wrinkles that can cause unnecessary escalations and ad-hoc duct-taping later during the execution phase. “As designers, we are the guardians of execution and… Read More →

A mechanical engineer by training, I’ve always chaffed at using the word process to describe something as messy and nonlinear as design. At MIT, I learned about processes for solving problems like how quickly heat moves through a block of metal, or how to calculate the impedance in an electrical circuit. To me, a process is something with a set… Read More →

Great! You’ve got your design brief, areas of interest you want to look into, and some interviews lined up. But what‘s next? This article provides you with hands-on advice on why and how to conduct interviews in your UX process. Some of the recommendations you are going to read might seem trivial and obvious but neglecting only one of them… Read More →

Do you often hear the word ‘empathy’ at work? Do you find that it gets thrown around too much in the world of design? Do you know what it means? Would you like to be able to improve your empathy and become a better designer in the process? During my time as a designer, I’ve heard the word empathy a… Read More →

I’ve been designing in the iOS space for the past few years, and sometimes there was friction at the handoff between design and development. Everything changed when I learned how to code in Swift. Fresh out of art school, my design process looked something like this: design an interface, get my art director to review it, update it, get my… Read More →

When moving apartments in Singapore I tried Carousell, a Southeast Asian peer-to-peer marketplace similar to Letgo (US) & Mercari (Japan). I was instantly impressed with the ability to monetize my unwanted belongings with speed and simplicity. Every sale felt like I was getting free money since the other alternatives were 1) letting items collect dust at home or 2) donating… Read More →

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” -Aristotle Collaboration is a practice where individual contributors work as a team to achieve a certain goal. It relies on the individual qualities such as self-organization, motivation, engagement and ability to deliver the work. It is essential to be focused and open in order to collaborate successfully. The magic of… Read More →

Crafting a good experience is like telling a good story Stories are core to various activities, tools and methods applied in UX. Stories are how we remember. We tend to forget bullet points (Robert McKee on HBR). Bullet points make as little of a good story as multiple isolated touch-points don’t make a good overall experience of a product or service. In… Read More →

Oh, the hamburger menu. An icon of three stacked lines (two buns and the meat in the middle) used to represent a menu. Clicking/Tapping on the icon reveals available navigation options. A lot of posts have been written about the hamburger menu, mostly by designers, arguing against it. If you missed all, read Hidden Navigation Hurt UX Metrics by NNGroup…. Read More →

The journey from a basic idea to a great product requires clear communication and close collaboration between design and development teams. In this post we are discussing why and how engineers should be a part of the design process, how to create shared understanding and how to build a better design and development culture. This post is written in co-authorship… Read More →

As a startup founder, one of the most common questions I’m asked is: “How can you do both design and development, as well as business tasks?” I’m an iOS & macOS developer first, having been coding since I was 13 years old. However, currently, I’m doing all the design tasks for my startup  —  Flawless App. It’s a tool for… Read More →