Never fall in love with your design

September 28, 2016

On a lot of occasions, I have seen designers vehemently ‘defending’ their work even when a usability study begins to show that the UX is failing. It happens because they fall in love with their designs, head over heels. They fail to realise that their brainchild is falling short of meeting the expectations of the […]

3 reasons that could lead to design failure

August 22, 2016

Design Failure! I had this experience once early in my career – a very embarrassing one at that. I failed to gauge the business expectations. My strategy began nosediving the moment I started my presentation and went further into the depths of Mariana Trench by the time I was out of the meeting room. The […]

What is minimalism? My take on it

July 4, 2016

minimalism /ˈmɪnɪməˌlɪz(ə)m/ n A movement in sculpture and painting which arose in the 1950s, characterized by the use of simple, massive forms. An avant-garde movement in music characterized by the repetition of very short phrases which change gradually, producing a hypnotic effect. Deliberate lack of decoration or adornment in style or design – Oxford Dictionaries It […]

Why I like Google’s home page?

June 15, 2016

  My Violin guru once said, “It is not how much you learn, it is how good you are at what you learn.” In addition to the aspect of motivation, what I found in this statement is that it is universally valid. Consider applying this to design; it doesn’t make much sense to have loads of […]

Speaking to Users? Try to look further and beyond

May 24, 2016

Are you going to speak to Users? Then you must be looking further and beyond just questions. The questions alone rarely get you the full picture and help you in your analysis. Here are a few pointers that can help you look further and beyond. Not every question gets you the right answer Let us be […]

Have you been prototyping often?

May 9, 2016

A friend of mine had a ‘drink-water’ alarm set on his phone. Someone told him that drinking water at regular intervals is great, and he got on to the job with the help of an alarm. It might sound funny to some, and some might nod their head in approval. But the reality is he […]

It’s time to get rid of CAPTCHA

April 16, 2016

  Humans build computers and interact with them to simplify their lives. Computers show promise. But, somewhere along the line, during the interactions, the computers begin to get confused between humans and fellow computers. To counter this, the computers decided to ask humans to identify themselves since they felt it is easier to do so […]

Experience Design – Gear up to think beyond interfaces

January 13, 2016

“What do you do for a living?” Arguably, the most intriguing question of all. Answering it always had been a soul-searching experience. It is a very exhilarating ride from the time I begin my response to the point the questioner, and I, call it enough. Often, these conversations end up making me question myself about my […]