30 Days of Design Thoughts with Nancy Chen

Eager to learn more about UX design, my good friend, Nancy Chen and I decided to start a month long activity where we would tweet one design thought everyday. This was done for the month of June and proved to be a great learning experience. It helped me discover many new UX experts, blogs and forced me to reflect on everything I read to decide whether the knowledge gained was good enough to be shared on twitter with my fellow HCI students. Above image is a word cloud of our thoughts (just for fun) and below is a compiled list for easy reference. I hope atleast some of them prove to be insightful for other UX beginners like us.

My (@nsht13) Design Thoughts:

Starting 30 days of design thoughts with @binxed. Day1: Your habits form your desires.

Day 2: Human thought seems more rooted in past experience than in logical deductions – Don Norman [30 days of Design Thoughts with @binxed]

Day 3: Being open to being inspired by stuff that has nothing to do with what I’m working on is really important – Duane Bray, IDEO @binxed

Day 4: What’s most important for a prototype is to choose the right fidelity for the question you’re seeking to answer – Duane Bray @binxed

Day 5: Interesting Read- How to hack your body language for better interviews (http://www.designstaff.org/articles/body-language-2013-01-24.html …) @binxed

Day 6: I am Ludwig van der Pound, arch modernist! What’s your design alter-ego? http://bit.ly/1323DHn  @binxed

Day 7: Microsoft’s design inspirations- Bauhaus, Swiss style and MOTION DESIGN! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/stories/design/ …. @binxed

Day 8: It seems like iPhone5 may be behind Galaxy S4 and HTC One has bested both! http://www.gadgetreview.com/2013/06/samsung-galaxy-s4-vs-iphone-5.html … @binxed

Day 9: We forget this frequently even though we know it- 20% of the functionality is used 80% of the time (The Pareto Principle)@binxed

Day 10: Touch Gesture Reference Guide for all possible platforms! http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1071 … @binxed

Day 11: A lot of the iOS7 design is borrowed from Android, Windows, Chrome, Path, Yahoo Weather, Mailbox and what not. Not impressed @binxed

Day 12: When designing for mobile, think of your user with just one eye and one thumb – Tony Russell Rose/ Tyler Tate @binxed

Day 13: Interesting- Looking beyond User Centered Design (http://alistapart.com/column/looking-beyond-user-centered-design …) @binxed

Day 14: Short cute videos on “Design in a Nutshell”. From Gothic Revival to Post Modernism. http://www.core77.com/blog/videos/the_open_university_presents_design_in_a_nutshell_from_gothic_revival_to_postmodernism_25037.asp … @binxed

Day 15: How to integrate environmental design into UX design process (http://alistapart.com/article/environmental-design-with-the-device-api …) @binxed

Day 16: How to deal with retina displays or higher PPI in context of images http://alistapart.com/article/mo-pixels-mo-problems … @binxed

Day 17: “We can’t predict future behavior from a current experience that sucks.” – Jason Grigsby, author of Head First Mobile Web @binxed

Day 18: A refreshing way of dealing with App Myopia http://designmind

.frogdesign.com/blog/app-myopia.html … @binxed

Day 19: The UX of learning http://alistapart.com/article/the-ux-of-learning … @binxed

Day20:There are many good ideas out there but where is the radical idea?Does it have to be rectangular because of a display?- Frog @binxed

Day 21: Form follows emotion – Hartmut Esslinger @binxed

Day 22: “Invisible apps” shun flashy infographics and rich GUIs for minimal, timely, personal and humanized content – Thomas Sutton @binxed

Day 23: Life must be experienced first and then designed – David Sherwin http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/work-life/zen-and-the-art-of-design.html … @binxed

Individuality and our malleable minds are some of the challenges faced by brain-based research. Or for that matter any UX research? @binxed

A Dark Pattern is a type of user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things @binxed

Designing down from science fiction (http://uxmag.com/articles/designing-down-from-science-fiction-a-staged-approach …) @binxed

I aim to create a tension between the aesthetic and clarity; how far can the form be pushed before it stops communicating- Mitchell @binxed

UI Faces – useful for generating avatars for mock ups @binxed

Minimalism isnt the same as being sparse – Ty Lettau @binxed


Nancy’s (@binxed) Design Thoughts:

Product vs. UX vs. UI design, nicely explained with cereal: http://qr.ae/pkfxh . [1/30 Days of Design Thoughts] with @nsht13. #design

Follow Bret Victor if you want to know where interaction design is going in the future: @worrydream. [2/30 Days of Design Thoughts]

Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think like a user. http://bit.ly/GG5F7h  via @designstaff [3/30 Days of Design Thoughts]

The @Adobe #Kuler iOS app is amazing! Pick colors straight out of the camera. [4/30 Days of Design Thoughts] @nsht13

Short clips of sweet UI interactions: http://sixux.com/ . Check it out, @CallMeKeV_! [5/30 Days of Design Thoughts] @nsht13

The Yahoo! Weather app was designed beautifully. Love the background blur via scrolling! [6/30 Days of Design Thoughts] @nsht13

7. “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” @nsht13

8. Current design trend: flat UI (http://designmodo.github.io/Flat-UI/ ). I wonder what’s next? Organic? @nsht13

Tina @swissmiss (awesome designer!) said, “if an opportunity scares you, take it!” #sxsw [9/30] @nsht13

Personal goal: design products that bring people back into the real world. #ubicomp [10/30] @nsht13

Use this Color app to get any color value from your screen! http://mattpatenaude.com/  [11/30] @nsht13

subtlepatterns.com  has a great collection of seamless patterns [12/30] @nsht13

The Mailbox app is really well designed. [13/30] @nsht13 pic.twitter.com/YUd0XAHPnT

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” —Joe Sparano [14/30] @nsht13

Are you a UX chameleon? http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/the-ux-chameleon-and-its-multidisciplinary-skin/ … [15/30] @nsht13

Design mobile first! http://www.lukew.com  [16/30] @nsht13

Enterprise apps are more complex than consumer apps by design. http://bit.ly/1280VM7  [17/30] @nsht13

Mobile prototyping: use POP app! popapp.in [18/30] @nsht13

Check your website at different screen resolutions: http://cybercrab.com/screencheck/  [19/30] @nsht13

The Little Printer is adorably well-designed. http://bergcloud.com/littleprinter/  [20/30] @nsht13

Don Norman explains design. A classic. [22/30] @nsht13 pic.twitter.com/DaxewxIcqp

Smash Mag is an awesome resource for design, code, etc. UX, UI, etc. [23/30] @nsht13

Well-designed dugouts that face both ways! Perfect when the rain is coming in horizontally. [25/30] @nsht13 pic.twitter.com/n5dXqZDcKj

Post-it’s are designers’ best friends. [26/30] @nsht13 http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-it_note …

Free Flat UI Kit! http://designmodo.com/flat-free/  via @designmodo

Speed dating = rapid concept validation! http://scottdavidoff.com/research/publications/rapidly-exploring-application-design-through-speed-dating … [28/30] @nsht13

@medium – a beautifully designed sweet spot between a tweet and a full-on blog. [29/30] @nsht13

“Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” – Brian Reed. Challenge to designer fiends: design well! [30/30] @nsht13




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April 26, 2017 at 02:04 AM

This is extremely helpful info!! Very good work. It is very interesting to learn and easy to understood. Thank you for giving information. Please let us know and more information get post to link.

manik sharmareply
January 08 at 02:01 AM

great work !!

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