Category

Viewpoint

It’s been a couple of weeks now, two, as I’m writing this, since I got the email. I’d had a super long day so I was lying down feeling sorry for myself when I saw this: Hi Viba, I came across your application and am impressed by your experience and design work. I work on hiring students for our Product… Read More →

We’ve all been there — hopelessly staring at the screen and waiting for design inspiration to swoop in and save the day. When that doesn’t happen, use these tactics to help you get out of those design ruts: Sketch it out There are certainly many scenarios when we have to move quickly to crank out a design. But when it’s possible,… Read More →

During a recent conversation with David Sleight, Design Director at ProPublica, I found myself realizing and saying “we need design that is faster and design that is slower.” Who are we and what is this thing called design? When I say “we,” I mean our whole industry, when I say “our whole industry,” I mean design, and when I say “design,”… Read More →

Five pitfalls that get in the way Today’s change of pace demands that collaboration and processes be sped up to meet the growing expectation of customers and stakeholders. But is this growing crunch on time stifling creativity? It isn’t enough to make decisions, products and services quickly, we must encourage creativity and create an environment to help the business succeed in… Read More →

What is self-awareness? It’s the old Socrates saying: “know thyself.” It’s the ability to see who we are clearly, to know our strengths and weaknesses and understand how we fit into the world. How would one evaluate self-awareness? Let’s dive deeper into what self-awareness means. The phrase “know thyself” doesn’t actually come from Socrates; it’s an inscription among many others… Read More →

Using Shortcut app on iOS Voice UI was the hot topic last year and will continue to be so in 2018. Something I have wondered is how voice designers prototype conversational interfaces, especially voice UI. What is Shortcut? Shortcut is an application on iOS that lets you automate tasks as simple as calculating a tip to appending a note to a… Read More →

Since I started speaking about calm technology and designing with attention, designers and developers often ask me if a particular product they’re helping create is calm — i.e. designed to seamlessly, unobtrusively integrate with person’s life and daily habits. We deal with non-calm products every day. Jeremiah Owyang noticed that the new Facebook Messenger asks users to turn on notifications… Read More →

At times, it seems like eCommerce is a never ending search for conversions; for a strategy that leads to sale after sale. But, as you’ve undoubtedly realized by now, that’s sadly not possible. Sure, you can do something here and something there that will help you out—to a certain extent—but nothing remotely close to an eCommerce holy grail that makes… Read More →

Why all the products on the market look the same? Have you ever been searching for a product that could solve your needs but could not choose one because all somehow look the same? Or it becomes harder for you to choose between 2 services because they offer the same features? The only thing that differentiates them is their design, but… Read More →

There are lots of great tools for drawing wireframes today. However, I still prefer my good ol’ paper wireframing kit. In this post I’ll tell you why and explain how paper wireframing will make you a better designer. In 2012 I was planning on taking my wireframing skills to the next level. I had gotten the excellent app Paper by… Read More →

Your portfolio is a story about you and your work — your expression of growth through all the obstacles, surprises, successes and failures. This is your epic. Illuminate the arc of your career and why you matter. For the audience, your portfolio showcases your problem-solving superpowers, hard and soft skills, and your ability to reflect upon your successes and failures…. Read More →

Animation is a big part of user experience. When it comes to transitions in mobile apps, there are a lot of things you can communicate very subtly with animation. Send the message, open Settings, check the box, navigate to another page — these are all moments of change. Animating a transition is an excellent way to reinforce the user’s action…. Read More →