September//17//2021

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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Web Quality Assurance. Another great article from The Smashing Magazine, this time around focused on Web Quality Assurance. As the tidal wave of inclusion and accessibility hopefully becomes more visible and impactful, this article sheds light on how quality on the web is perceived. The author, Elie Sloim, has been focused on Quality Assurance for over 20 years, and this article sheds light on what quality on the web actually means, looking into factors such as Visibility, Perception, Technical, Content and Services, and their relationship with Product Design itself. It…


One of the questions that constantly pops up in conversations with Designers, and one that I’ve heard in the past in the context of interviews, pertains to how Designers “influence” other stakeholders, in order to make sure solutions are driven and shaped in a certain direction (or reflective of the method that Design is putting in motion). While this is a typical question, it’s also a very loaded comment, and one that exposes at its core, one fundamental problem. If an Organization truly understands the value of Design, does it actually need Design professionals to influence other stakeholders, in order…


September//10//2021

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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The Next Century of Design Education. Hailing from the Marvel Design Blog, this article is an interesting reflection from author Albert Shum, CVP of Design at Microsoft, on what the future of Design holds, particularly from an educational standpoint. Some of the topics he highlights and advocates for, are essentially elements that have been discussed previously, namely expanding the myopic views of the Design discipline, focusing on enhancing notions of Psychology, Business Acumen, Research, among other fields, since they essentially allow for Designers to have a more dimensional view of…


August//27//2021

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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Building an Ethical User Research Practice. Great article from Smashing Magazine on the topic of building ethical user research practices. The article focuses in detailing what Ethics in the context of product design actually is, and how that also impacts research practices. It also focuses on how to effectively build a research practice with ethics in mind, namely contemplating crafting a Code of Ethics, with details including getting familiar with relevant laws, brainstorming core principles, implementing feedback, to name but a few. Very pertinent and relevant.


August//20//2021

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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Flexible Thinking. Very interesting article from The Fast Company on the topic of Flexible Thinking. Its relevancy is particularly exacerbated these days, when everyone is under such pressure to not only devise new ways to work remotely and effectively, but also continue to be engaged, innovative and adaptive. The article provides good recommendations on this topic by highlighting aspects such as seeking inspiration in other industries and fields of expertise, observing different points of view when it comes to ways of solving problem, to name but a few. Well worth…


This article has had an interesting genesis. It was one of the topics I had on my list to eventually tackle, but recently one of my good friends specifically reached out wanting to get more information on the topic of Designing with Data, and what that actually implies. I decided to share a Keynote I have created specifically addressing this topic, and this article is going to compliment much of that document with practical examples and additional context. The information on the Keynote is also capture in the body of the article itself, and not just on the image provided.


August//13//2021

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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Customer Experiences and Service Design. As habitual, a good read from the Nielsen Norman Group on the topics of the relationships between Product Design, Customer Experience and Service Design initiatives. While not an in depth look at the complexities involving Service Design, it’s well worth a read, since it details the general touch points this practice touches upon, and its impact in the overall journey the client embarks on, when establishing a relationship with an organization. Having just been involved in a considerable endeavor in this domain, I can attest…


August//6//2021

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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Designing for Older Demographics. Another pertinent and timely article from The Fast Company, on the topic of designing Product Solutions for older demographics. As Professor Don Norman has mentioned in quite a few of his articles, many of the products available to consumers, and not only technology driven ones, lack insight and practicality when one considers the wide variety of users that are part of their ecosystem. The question always remains the same: how inclusive are the products being designed, how accessible, and ultimately, how effective are those solutions, considering…


If I may be permitted to say so, most of the articles I write about, focus on Design centric operations improvements, Design centric process refinement or establishment and generally speaking, on how Design as a discipline can impact the output of Product Solutions. I have not particularly focused on behaviors, aside from my article on Ego in Design, since behaviors in general are not limited to Designers but also to all the team members they interact with, and who are as deeply invested in the Design process itself. …


July//30//2021

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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User Personas: Creation and Usefulness. Interesting article hailing from author Nick Babich, on the topic of Personas (to read more about Characters, click here) specifically focusing on defining what they are, their importance, and how to use them effectively. The article details such fundamental items, including crafting personas based on actual data (obtained through surveys, customer interviews, to name but a few methods), identifying behavioral data, adding pertinent details, involving multiple team members in crafting these personas, among other very relevant aspects pertaining to this rich topic. Well worth the…

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