Weekly Design Inspirations #4 - Parallax Websites that Scroll Horizontally


Art director Marcus Brown and developer Aristide Benoist built this beautiful editorial style site that celebrates the history of Amsterdam Canals from the 17th century.

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Weekly Design Inspirations #3 — Creative and Beautiful Analogue Clocks that may be Hard to Read

1 — Trace by Studio Ayaskan

Design studio Studio Ayaskan designed the clock with the light sensitive liquid that gets activated with UV lasers, leaving ephemeral traces of colors projecting hours, minutes, and seconds.

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Weekly Design Inspirations #2 - Colorful Gradations in Space

This weekend, I happened to be at Art Basel Miami Beach, and it inspired me to explore colors in space.

1 — Freiburg School by Peter Zimmermann

Designer and visual artist Ruslan Khasanov used gel on illuminated CD surfaces to compose these colorful and fluid typographies.

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Highlight the Most Important Messages– Grouped Notifications

A lot of Android users might have been making fun of iOS notifications until iOS12 was released, when the grouping function was introduced for notifications in WWDC 2018. With the release of iOS12, users also could easily customize the granular experience for how they would receive notifications. 

Everything New with Notifications in iOS 12 on iPhone & iPad | AppleInsider

Notifications’ immense access to users’ attention has been one of the most valuable mechanics to bring users back to apps. According to Invesp, sending push notifications can boost app engagement by up to 88%, whereas 65% of users return to an app within 30 days when push notifications are enabled. Push notifications can contribute to app retention rates up to 10 times more than apps without them. (From Get Users Onboard with Your Push Notifications).

At the same time, more apps started to heavily rely on notifications for app retention, and this trend brought too many notifications for users. As too many notifications were sent, many of them began triggering users to delete apps. According to some studies, people are receiving an average of four times more notifications on their phones than what they want for. In fact, the initial intent of the notification design was to keep users away from looking at their phones all the time, instead of grabbing their attention all the time.

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Weekly Design Inspirations #1 — Three-Dimensional Typographies

1 — Marmalade Type by Ruslan Khasanov

Designer and visual artist Ruslan Khasanov used gel on illuminated CD surfaces to compose these colorful and fluid typographies.

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Intuitively scheduling international meetings — a 4-hour UX challenge

I was asked to challenge a design exercise, and I had four hours to complete it. I loved it. I love structuring design processes within time constraints, in which choosing the most efficient steps and articulating effective communication methods are part of the challenge. Here is my design exercise prompt:

Valentina leads business and sales development for a Fortune 500 company. She travels three out of four weeks in the month, and when she travels, it’s almost always international. Between her travel across many different time zones and a busy meeting schedule in numerous cities, Valentina finds it challenging to keep up with her calendar to show up to the right places at the right time. Design a calendar flow and interface that is smart enough to suggest meeting times, accounts for changing time zones, and is proactively working for Valentina to make sure she is always on time for her meetings.

Image source: https://unsplash.com/photos/JaoVGh5aJ3E

Given this four hour constraint, I chose to spend at least 75% of my time exploring solutions and the rest, executing my presentation. Strategically, I chose the following steps to derive solutions in most effective way:

  1. Defining problems
  2. Competitive research quick research on similar products (scheduling tools)
  3. Inspirational research– quick research on other industries tackling similar pain points
  4. Craft presentation– create designs and slides that effectively explain the concept in a short presentation
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Boids- A Simple Way to Simulate How Birds Flock in Processing

It is mysterious how birds fly together in groups, heading in unpredictable directions at the same time. This behavior of flocks is not the result of one leader passing instructions to others, nor is it a result of all the birds knowing where they are heading to- instead, it is the cumulation of each bird’s reaction to its own immediate neighbor. For instance, birds try in general to stay close to their neighbors to protect themselves from their predators. However, they, of course, try to avoid crashing into each other.

This rather emergent behavior is known as the flocking system. I have probably tried creating flocking systems over ten times in various coding languages throughout my career. However, I’ve never had the chance to document how a simple flocking system works and can be simulated. In this entry, I would like to document how the most simple flocking system can be recreated.

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FACTS | Fintech and the Future of Finance

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11/20 2019

PayPal – acquires shopping and rewards platform Honey for $4B

  • Honey’s 17 million monthly active users
  • PayPal aims to add Honey’s technology to its own product line, expanding its reach to PayPal’s 300 million users.
  • Honey’s overview
    • Originally only a web browser extension, Honey tracks sales, and retailers’ promo codes
    • Works across approximately 30,000 merchant websites
    • 10 million members had saved over $800 million, 2018
    • Honey had raised $49 million from investors

11/05 2019 – CNBC

Robinhood – ‘Infinite leverage’ — some users have been trading with unlimited borrowed money

  • The cheat code was being shared on social media site Reddit
  • One trader claiming he took a $1,000,000 position in stock using only a $4,000 deposit. 
  • Through Robinhood Gold, the start-up’s subscription service, users can borrow money from the company to make trades.

11/01 2019 – The Verge

Digit – help you pay off your student loans

  • link your student loan account to Digit
  • Fact
    • Approximately 45 million people owe $1.5 trillion
    • Student debt owes nearly $50,000

10/23 2019 – Business Insider

American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa have launched a joint buy button

  • online checkout experience
  • Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) standard developed by EMVCo
  • UX
    • Upload multiple cards from any of the card networks
    • Switch which one they use as they like
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FACTS | Rideshare and the Future of Transportation

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11/06 2019

Gett, Lyft – Juno shuts down its operations in NYC as Gett signs strategic partnership with Lyft

11/14 2019 – Business Insider

Uber – The head of ‘Uber for Business’ explains how it’s helping the ride-hailing giant finally turn a profit

  • CEO Dara Khosrowshahi hinted that some of the financial improvements would come from “premium product offerings”
  • Originally people would just tend to use Uber when they’re on a business trip
  • Corporate riders tend to go more premium – corporate shuttles could be replaced, for example.
  • The division is growing 400% annually

11/14 2019 – Bloomberg Law

Uber – Hit With $650 Million Employment Tax Bill in New Jersey

  • Owes New Jersey about $650 million in unemployment and disability insurance taxes
  • Audit launched last year

11/06 2019

Didi – relaunch Hitch carpooling service this month

  • in seven major Chinese cities (Beijing, Harbin, Taiyuan, Shijiazhuang, Changzhou, Shenyang, and Nantong)
  • with additional safety features (after murder)
    • Only allow trips under 50km
    • Only in metro areas between 5am and 8pm for female users (Male until 11pm)

11/05 2019 – The Verge

Uber – thinks it’s a ‘good thing’ for cities, but cities are having second thoughts

  • Researchers from New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management profiled 13 major markets
    • All cities are either regulating or planning to regulate these companies
    • Most cities require ride-hailing companies to submit trip data
    • Adding taxes to trip
      • New York City – a $2.75 per-trip fee in the city’s congestion zone
      • Mexico City – 1.5 percent per-trip tax on ride-hail trips (emission tax)
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