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How can designers become better designers by looking beyond ‘design craft’?

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When I first started working as a UX Designer, all I cared about was how much I knew Sketch, how many UI components I could name, how many UX laws I could apply, and whether or not I had read every single “must-read UX book” out there. I was inclined towards learning all the different prototyping tools and learn how to make the coolest looking mocks out there. To me, these were the key elements of becoming a great designer.

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“So, when the user clicks here, this will pop up”

“What if user doesn’t clicks there?”

“What do you mean?”

“What if user clicks elsewhere?”

“Oh. hmmm……..”

This was my first design grooming session with PMs and developers. We were discussing about potential designs which would go into the next sprint. I had thought that I had come up with a pretty functional, no-nonsense flow for a new project that I was working on. I prepared myself to show the designs and get feedback. Till this point, I was used to more of an academic design critique where I would…

How can we create a dashboard which crunches all of the data at one place, with easy to follow insights?

The Problem

For months, I was working on a data project on Facebook Trolling. I wanted to learn more about how are people trolled, which demographic gets affected the most, and which country/location has the most amount of troll incidents. This required me to gather data on-

  • Demographics
  • Geography
  • Type of Trolling

Step 1: Gathering Data

The first step was to gather data through simple survey responses. I created a simple survey to collect responses on the data points mentioned above-

Step 2: Deploying a second survey

My second survey was more…

I am working on a project called Harp which is a HPC-Cloud convergence framework for Big Data. It is basically a library which runs complex datasets converging with HPC which can be used for Machine learning projects.

The Goal

To make Harp’s library more usable and developer-friendly.

The Approach

Understand how data scientists and developers work

- Understanding what they do by having co-design sessions
- Understanding the product by attending data workshops
- Understanding how they use and implement the code by having co-design sessions

Improve Documentation UX by

- Restructuring Information Architecture
- Redesigning vector diagrams that explain different algorithms
- Restructuring…

This post is about a classroom project we did for the course “Interaction Design Methods”

What it is and how it can be used to help you better understand the people you are designing with

We did a class assignment last week where we were supposed to conduct a cognitive mapping activity. The first question that popped in my head was “What exactly is cognitive mapping?”. Moreover, I had no idea why I as a designer should do something like this.

What exactly is cognitive mapping and why should I care about it ?

A cognitive map is a drawing on a piece of paper, drawn by the participant. This drawing is a mental map of any metaphorical or physical space around the participant, drawn purely out of a recall from memory and reference. …

This post is about an assignment we did for Experience Design, Spring 2017 at HCI/d, taught by Prof. Jeffrey Bardzell .

What is diary study btw?

Kim Flaherty, a User Experience Specialist with Nielsen Norman Group explained diary study in her article as:

A diary study is a research method used to collect qualitative data about user behaviors, activities, and experiences over time. In a diary study, data is self-reported by participants longitudinally — that is, over an extended period of time that can range from a few days to even a month or longer. During the defined reporting period, study participants are asked to…

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