Hello!

Hello again hahaha it’s been so long. Sorry I have been busy with the wedding preparation (and tried as much to keep the wedding news secret until near the day) Phew~ I have been wanting to write (the draft) so much about the wedding preparation since long. However, that may have to wait because I have not made any draft hahahahaha.

If you know me and have questions about wedding preparation, feel free to ask me through Whatsapp (since some of my friends already did) :p

Today I want to write about today or maybe the last 24 hours or maybe about career. LOL.

I feel great today despite only getting 2 hours of sleep zzzz. Why? Because yesterday night, until 4 a.m. today I did a UX task which I have not done for some months (calm, let’s not cry, there’s a story behind this). If you know me well or know how my sleep habit was in boarding school, you know how I cannot stay awake all night. Last night I made it! I didn’t sleep until 4 a.m. working on the presentation, no music, no tv. The task I did yesterday, it’s like a wake-up call of what should I do as my profession :p

I feel like that kind of work is the kind that I want to put my heart into it… well, I did try to love what I do… and that’s a different feeling.. with the last night task, it feels easier to put my heart into my work (whatever the result is)

Perhaps doing things-that-I-want-to-put-my-heart-into give me more energy instead of making me tired. 

Well, I still need to sleep tho.. but, I feel in a great mood today because of the work. I hope I can experience more of this kind of feeling in the future days~ 

Praise be to Allah 🙂

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Foodies – App to Order Food

Hi everyone, this time I want to show my design for #AdobeXDUIKit contest on twitter. The contest was to design a food order app using Restaurant icons from Ana Miminoshvili . This is my first adobe XD contest haha. I did this contest to give myself a design challenge. I know there’re still things to be improved from my design. However for now, I just want to post this 😀

 

This is a clickable prototype of 2 screens. Feel free to try and give some comment 🙂

 

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Cognitive Designer – Don Norman

I want to write about UX and this is just baby steps. I hope I can get better in writing. For now, it just several points about the video I watched yesterday. It’s nice and concise 🙂

 

 

Several points from this video:

  • Cognitive designer is a new kind of designer that includes all the other kind designers.
  • We’re trying to make tech work well with people. We take what we understand about the human being, human cognition, and apply that to making tech, services, systems better for people.
  • Applying cognition for the benefits of people. A bridge between tech, people, and human capabilities.
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Adobe Experience Design (XD) Finally Arrived for Windows

Yes, as you have read on the title, Adobe XD finally arrived for windows device 🎉🎉🎉 I was browsing this morning when I stumbled on something about this awaited software (which actually has arrived 2 days ago *cmiiw). 

Finally arrived!!

Wait no more (fortunately I have finished my task), I went to Adobe XD page and downloaded it right away and did my first trial. Well, the installation process was quite fast and the app is light in my laptop. The software interface is so simple, which is nice since the canvas will be filled with many elements of app design. At first, I was a bit confused about how to use it, but thanks to YouTube, I could learn how to use it quickly.
Here’s the YouTube video which helped me to use it~

Adobe Experience Design: Interactive Wireframing

Though all the hoopla around XD has involved finsished designs, let’s not forget XD can be a great tool for creating interactive wireframes and Rapid Prototyping.


Thank you~

I was excited and so happy, I made my first wireframe with this app and also try the interactive prototype 😆😆😆

My first wireframe with Adobe XD

Yaaay!!! Can’t wait to explore this app 😆😆😆

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Why Storytelling?

As a person who works in UX field, I know that storytelling is important. However, I did not really understand why they said storytelling is important until I found this article in HBR (https://hbr.org/2003/06/storytelling-that-moves-people)

A big part of a CEO’s job is to motivate people to reach certain goals. To do that, he or she must engage their emotions, and the key to their hearts is story. There are two ways to persuade people. The first is by using conventional rhetoric, which is what most executives are trained in. It’s an intellectual process, and in the business world it usually consists of a PowerPoint slide presentation in which you say, “Here is our company’s biggest challenge, and here is what we need to do to prosper.” And you build your case by giving statistics and facts and quotes from authorities. But there are two problems with rhetoric. First, the people you’re talking to have their own set of authorities, statistics, and experiences. While you’re trying to persuade them, they are arguing with you in their heads. Second, if you do succeed in persuading them, you’ve done so only on an intellectual basis. That’s not good enough, because people are not inspired to act by reason alone.

The other way to persuade people—and ultimately a much more powerful way—is by uniting an idea with an emotion. The best way to do that is by telling a compelling story. In a story, you not only weave a lot of information into the telling but you also arouse your listener’s emotions and energy. Persuading with a story is hard. Any intelligent person can sit down and make lists. It takes rationality but little creativity to design an argument using conventional rhetoric. But it demands vivid insight and storytelling skill to present an idea that packs enough emotional power to be memorable. If you can harness imagination and the principles of a well-told story, then you get people rising to their feet amid thunderous applause instead of yawning and ignoring you.

So What is a story?

Essentially, a story expresses how and why life changes. It begins with a situation in which life is relatively in balance: You come to work day after day, week after week, and everything’s fine. You expect it will go on that way. But then there’s an event—in screenwriting, we call it the “inciting incident”—that throws life out of balance. You get a new job, or the boss dies of a heart attack, or a big customer threatens to leave. The story goes on to describe how, in an effort to restore balance, the protagonist’s subjective expectations crash into an uncooperative objective reality. A good storyteller describes what it’s like to deal with these opposing forces, calling on the protagonist to dig deeper, work with scarce resources, make difficult decisions, take action despite risks, and ultimately discover the truth. All great storytellers since the dawn of time—from the ancient Greeks through Shakespeare and up to the present day—have dealt with this fundamental conflict between subjective expectation and cruel reality.

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Bauhaus Design & Web Design

Form follows function.

Simplicity and accessibility in design.

A return to the basics of craftsmanship.

(Image from http://www.ronenbekerman.com/bauhaus-at-dessau-by-walter-gropius/)

These ideas guided a design revolution. You’re probably thinking about User Experience, but in fact these philosophies were popularized almost a century earlier, defining the Bauhaus movement. Bauhaus was founded by the German architect Walter Gropius in 1919 as a school of art, architecture and design. The name Bauhaus, or “house of construction,” comes from the school’s building which the school viewed as the epitome of their shared principles: its rooms unadorned, its construction prominent, every detail a matter of function, down to the doorknobs. Architecture, art, and manufacturing were finally wed.

Today’s web design owes an unusual amount of debt to Bauhaus. Because websites not only need to look great, but also function smoothly, Bauhaus is the ideal guiding principle for web design. Looking into the history of the Bauhaus movement not only yields a century of inspiration, it also clues us into future directions of UX design.

Today’s web design is a Bauhaus renaissance. At the heart of the Bauhaus and responsive UX movements are a few core elements: reducing design to necessary function, making it beautiful and effortless, as well as crafting every small detail. For Bauhaus, this meant “art as life,” and as a result everyday objects like chairs and dinnerware became art; similarly, web design has made leaps in the design of icons, menus, and typography, things once commonplace and universally bland became beautifully functional.

For complete article, read here http://www.dtelepathy.com/blog/philosophy/how-bauhaus-design-helping-build-better-web

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