15 3 / 2014

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Far too often, organisations blame an employee’s lack of engagement and motivation as an individual problem when in actuality it is a two way street. Whether personal or professional, healthy/productive relationships require effective communication flowing in both directions. As easy and appealing as it is to adopt a reductionist’s view in dismissing a team member as being an “ill fit”, it is the why that should be considered. Open communication and asking the right questions early enough in a relationship can help manage expectations between the two parties which in turn can go a long way in salvaging damaged trust. 

14 3 / 2014

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For businesses to remain competitive, it’s becoming imperative that they consider designing around services and building customer relationships through overall experience rather than relying solely on quality and workmanship of their product. With the ushering in of a new digital age, we are starting to see a shift in how technology is altering people’s behaviours and how it relates to business end goals. It goes to show that even something as staid and established as the auto industry would do well to pay heed to the winds of change. 

12 3 / 2014

This basically illustrates how i feel about the Oculus Rift and Game of Thrones exhibit that showcased at SXSW this year and I haven’t even experienced it firsthand. Imagine the possibilities! Must. Try. Now! 

Josh Ong writes about it on TNW

HBO’s Game of Thrones Oculus Rift exhibit is the most immersive entertainment I’ve ever encountered.

10 2 / 2014

A few years ago when I made my first foray into the UX market, there were few resources to rely on for a good tips on how to market yourself as a UX designer. But luckily for you,  has asked the hard questions and compiled the top 5 things he believes that will set you apart from the rest of the flock. Be sure to visit the UX Mastery blog to get an indepth explanation of each of his points. 

1. Make connections

2. Get real experience

3. Practise Telling your UX Story

4. Fine-tune your Portfolio

5. Practise your Interview Skills

And if that’s not enough I’ll include a link to how to draft a perfect UX portfolio by Luke Chambers. You’re welcome. 

(source: UX Mastery)

09 2 / 2014

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

“Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company,” he said. “Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.”

After reading this article, I found that it made a lot of sense. I’ve always thought that common sense will lead you to designing a great product, one that does not involve reinventing the wheel. Some of the most successful products to date have been ones that builds and improves on an existing model. 
(source: Wired)

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

“Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company,” he said. “Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.”

After reading this article, I found that it made a lot of sense. I’ve always thought that common sense will lead you to designing a great product, one that does not involve reinventing the wheel. Some of the most successful products to date have been ones that builds and improves on an existing model. 

(source: Wired)

08 2 / 2014

Love this article extolling UX as the future of design. I’ve felt this way for a while and do believe that in order for brands to stand out they need to appeal to their customers experience as a whole. Long gone are the days of it being just about the product, nowadays it’s about the service that serves the user too. 

07 2 / 2014

Granted, this may not make much sense unless you’ve already gone through at least one, if not 2 or even 3 full-cycle UX projects already, but here’s an extremely useful article outlining what to keep in mind when planning UX design projects. 

Skill-level: intermediate

06 2 / 2014

The UX Portfolio: Telling your Story
Great advice on how to present your portfolio. As UX practitioners, I’ve always felt that one of our most important assets is our storytelling abilities. Important because in every project, somewhere along the way you’ll need to be able to explain to stakeholders and co-collaborators your rationale behind why things should be done a certain way. Not only that, but each time you practice telling a story, it preps you towards becoming an expert communicator, an essential skill in any UX designers toolkit. 
(source: Patrick Neeman)

The UX Portfolio: Telling your Story

Great advice on how to present your portfolio. As UX practitioners, I’ve always felt that one of our most important assets is our storytelling abilities. Important because in every project, somewhere along the way you’ll need to be able to explain to stakeholders and co-collaborators your rationale behind why things should be done a certain way. Not only that, but each time you practice telling a story, it preps you towards becoming an expert communicator, an essential skill in any UX designers toolkit. 

(source: Patrick Neeman)

04 2 / 2014

Wow, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted something to uxcidental! I’m back now though, hoping to pick up where I left off with updates on great things I run into on the daily. To be perfectly honest, this long hiatus can attributed to a very busy winter with long work days, no time, other social media channels I’ve migrated to, and a loss of enthusiasm with tumblr after four long years of posting to it. It’s true that posts may not happen with as great of frequency but I still think tumblr is a great blogging platform and don’t see anything replacing it as my go-to blogging tool anytime soon. For all my other ramblings and posts, please check me out @designchick on twitter and Pinterest. So without further ado, here are some great recent examples of parallax scrolling used in storytelling. 
flat vs. realism - the story of how flat design has changed the digital landscape with a sweet surprise in the middle. 
kennedyandoswald.com - a website promoting the Killing Kennedy movie on the national geographic channel. 

Wow, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted something to uxcidental! I’m back now though, hoping to pick up where I left off with updates on great things I run into on the daily.

To be perfectly honest, this long hiatus can attributed to a very busy winter with long work days, no time, other social media channels I’ve migrated to, and a loss of enthusiasm with tumblr after four long years of posting to it. It’s true that posts may not happen with as great of frequency but I still think tumblr is a great blogging platform and don’t see anything replacing it as my go-to blogging tool anytime soon. For all my other ramblings and posts, please check me out @designchick on twitter and Pinterest.

So without further ado, here are some great recent examples of parallax scrolling used in storytelling.

flat vs. realism - the story of how flat design has changed the digital landscape with a sweet surprise in the middle.

kennedyandoswald.com - a website promoting the Killing Kennedy movie on the national geographic channel. 

19 10 / 2013

Want to be great at delivering presentations and inspiring audiences? Here are 10 (give or take a couple) things you should NEVER say during presentations.
(via TNW)

Want to be great at delivering presentations and inspiring audiences? Here are 10 (give or take a couple) things you should NEVER say during presentations.

(via TNW)