Why are User Flows Important?

February 1st
stephanie
Design
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You are about to kickoff a new project. Whether it is a mobile app or a website it’s good to have a process. Through brainstorming sessions you and your team can map out how the product will work overall. For instance, a lost and found product. People loose things. Lets get them back to them. In the brainstorming session a lot of ideas are thrown around vocals, on scraps of paper, post-its and a white board. These ideas are loosely connected at first.

The next step for a User Experience designer is to take those loose thoughts and map them out into a user flow diagram. Some tools to do this are:

  • Google Draw – great for collaborative work
  • Axure – great for quickly adding elements and sharing
  • Illustrator – good for designer who feels comfortable in this tool and wants to share through a pdf.
  • Paper Sketching – Grab a role of paper and a pencil. Also good for collaboration. Anyone can grab a pencil and make notes

What ever means you use the ultimate goal here is to map out how the product will flow for a user. This creates efficiency when building the product, answers most questions about features and makes sure everyone is on the same page. User flows help layout the features for UX design as well as development. Once these flows are agreed upon by all stake holders the wireframes can begin.

How to Build a Product Development Team?

October 25th
stephanie
Design, UX
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Here is a great video by Jeff Gothelf on how to build a successful team. Some highlights are

  • no silos
  • small teams
  • close location or communication to reduce the feedback loop (at least have to be awake at the same time
  • dedicated (not pulled off on other projects)
  • self sufficient – if it needs to write code someone can write code, if it needs to design someone can design, if it needs research someone can research, product management decisions, someone needs to be there to make that – it doesn’t mean you need representatives from those disciplines, just people with those competencies.

Where do you find inspiration?

April 16th
stephanie
Design
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Today I found it here learning about

Julian Schnabel
Every angel has a dark side

Julian Schnabel: In The Course of Seven Days on Nowness.com

The importance of being font happy

March 21st
stephanie
Design
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fonts

I find it hard to pick fonts sometimes and tend to go with the ones I have loved in the past: Futura, Adobe Garamond, Helvetica Neue, Franklin Gothic. In my font library you will find some fun House Industries fonts (Chalet, Las Vegas, Neutraface). Eventually when my budget allows, I will buy more House fonts because I love them so much. Sometimes I find suitable free fonts when I need a fun, scripty or quirky font like Lobster, University or Champagne and Limousines.

Today I found Fonts In Use, a fantastic font resource that I would like to share. It’s a website that shows graphic samples of fonts used in action. What a great way to pick a suitable font for a project. This site could help making font choices easier.

Here are some great samples of Founders Grotesk.

Your creativity is not defined by the software you use.

February 28th
stephanie
Design
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Lojo lost and found uploaderFor my last mobile project I chose to use Axure for my prototype. As an old school Photoshoper I was somewhat apprehensive about creating something using a new tool. I felt like my creativity flourished when I used Photoshop and without it I would be limited. However, I was pretty excited to learn something new and Axure has features to easily add interaction in prototypes. As I started to learn Axure I realized my limitations were defined by me. My mind was trapped in Photoshop. Once I started I realized I could utilize Illustrator and Photoshop by making assets and laying out my design and adding interaction in Axure. It was a great combination and really helped keep me focused on a user centered approach to my design. I wasn’t growing by limiting myself to photoshop. Sometimes I need to be reminded to embrace new technologies because they usually make work easier and better. Yay Axure!

Don’t Forget the Footer

January 24th
stephanie
Design
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Designers in general need to focus on the project as a whole. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the footer or get lazy when you design the footer in your rush to get a project “out the door.” Well here are some samples to inspire you.  Creative ways to make the footer of your project exciting.

See all fun footers here.

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Business Card Inspiration

October 28th
stephanie
Design
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Moo

Surfing around today and happened to find this site that makes business cards. I was impressed by the design quality of their templates

Designing a Logo – Stop Procrastinating and Start Here

October 23rd
stephanie
Design
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angela

Great article on questions to ask when designing a logo. Thanks to a fabulous brand expert, Angela Glyda. Follow Angela.

The Art of Vines

July 1st
stephanie
Design
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I was recently turned on to Vines. I was like what? A super short video? How do you make this cool? Well it’s all about an idea and then the rest is simple. Here is a cool one called Hypnosis found featuring Dark Night of the Soul featuring David Lynch by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse on the soundtrack!

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Cute UI for Pregnancy App

June 6th
stephanie
Design
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Great UI sample for Pregnancy App. Like the use of stitching and the unique send icon.

Pampers Baby App

Pampers Baby App

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