Daniel McKenzie

digital product design

MUSINGS ON DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE {STUDIO NOTES}

Archive for the 'Design' Category

We all need analogies to help us better understand our creative roles. By using the analogy of craftsman, a designer can gain a clearer picture of what they need to do to succeed and meet the expectations of their clients or boss.

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The following will help designers become familiar with Android tablet app design by understanding the differences between the iPad iOS user interface and Android 3.x “Honeycomb” UI conventions and elements. We will also take a look at Honeycomb design patterns and layout strategies, and review some of the best Android tablet apps already out there.

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Selecting the right features for your digital product takes a combination of process and magic.

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The ability to put oneself in another’s shoes and accurately intuit their experience is one of the most overlooked skills, not only in the area of design but also business, politics, education and the many other facets of our society. Empathy and the human connection is so fundamental to understanding our audience that without it, no amount of analysis, documentation, engineering and management can save us.

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To My Favorite Web App: I just wanted to take a moment to sincerely let you know how much I appreciate you always trying to please me (and I know I’m not always easy) and to also share with you some areas where we might need some help.

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Business as usual is slowing changing with the help of three methodologies: Design Thinking, Customer Development and Lean Startup. They are practices that provide a road map to building successful companies and products on purpose rather than by chance. These three methods have so much in common with each other that upon learning about them for the first time, you can’t stop to wonder — “Aren’t they all talking about the same thing?”

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Almost as complicated as finding the right design solution, is the process of finding the right kind of designer for the job. An in-house design team may be knowledgeable but lacks out-of-the-box thinking. An agency may have an army of resources but is over-the-top expensive. A freelancer may be agile but not always available.

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Learn how to minimize risk and begin building a successful product from day one.

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We need to recognize that good design is often lead by individuals who have mastered their craft and because of this, are able to present their design with confidence and conviction.

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Design thinking is an innovation process that uses the designer’s sensibility to find unmet needs and opportunities in order to create new solutions that matter to people.

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