At the start of every software project, we spend a few intensive days gathering information about the client, their business, and what they want to build. We have a toolkit of exercises to choose from when we’re planning a customized kickoff. One that always starts us off on the right foot is the Ecosystem Map. […]
Whether it’s marketing, advertising, web design, or software, designers as a whole have gotten a reputation for being a bit too optimistic. We are supposed to be the ones who always have our heads in the clouds—the ones who think about the details later. We are supposed to generate thousands of ideas, and throw a […]
Oftentimes, we think of projects in terms of two statuses: in-progress or complete. As software designers who work on complex, long-term projects, “completing” a project is not a daily occurrence. Getting to “finalized,” shipped software is a process, and the end of that process is usually filled with jubilation and celebration. I mean, it’s not […]
“Should software designers code?” I have heard this question asked over and over again within the design community. There’s not a definitive answer, but if we extrapolate the question and ask it in a few different ways, I think we can better understand the role a designer plays in writing code for projects.
In the previous two posts, we went through creating some basic building blocks, such as colors and icons as symbols, and combining them into nested symbols for buttons and table cell elements. If you’ve already read those two posts, I hope you were able to think of other elements that could be “symbolized”–such as primary […]
In Part 1, I covered some basic building blocks for nested symbols—colors and icons—as well as grouping symbol groups and proper naming conventions. In this post, I want to expand on nested symbols to create buttons and table elements that you can quickly customize on the fly.
If you have found this article, chances are you are working on some Enterprise-level UI mock-ups. Chances are, you find yourself recreating the same navigation elements, buttons, filter lists, table headers, and cells…Chances are, you’ve noticed that there are many elements that are quite similar, but have minor differences. And chances are, using customizable symbols […]
As I near my one year AO-versary (as we affectionately call our anniversaries at Atomic Object), I have started to look back at how much I’ve grown, not just as a UX designer, but also as a consultant. I also recently had the opportunity to be a client to some other consultants: the designer and […]
With the new year ringing in, I thought I would share a few of my tips for keeping my process fresh and not falling into a rut in the office. Give some or all of these a try, and let me know what works for you.
As the term User Experience Design or UX Design is becoming more mainstream, we are on the cusp of diluting its meaning and misappropriating it.