Weekly Design Inspirations #4 - Parallax Websites that Scroll Horizontally

1 — CANALS 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.

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.

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 […]

Emoji - the most voiced language digitally

In one phrase, emoji is used by three billion people making it the most spoken and fastest-growing language in the world. Now about half of communications are done through some technology and emojis are used to add an extra layer on top of what simple words can convey — emojis are modern facial expressions, hand gestures, or depicted objects […]

Discovery of the Uncanny Valley

In The Power of Familiarity in Design: Skeuomorphic Triggers and Personified Machines, I explored and concluded how introducing familiar attributes to a new concept can provide the following three benefits: Hint and trigger users: When a technology is new and alien to users, familiar attributes could hint its function and trigger these users to take an action. […]

The power of familiarity in Design: skeuomorphic triggers and personified machines

In 2007, right after Steve Jobs first revealed the iPhone in a presentation focusing on Apple’s intent to reinvent the phone, Jobs opened the conversation on the revolutionary user interface: The iPhone replaced the physical keyboards of every smartphone at the time with a full-screen interface maneuvered by a pointing device, the human finger. He […]

UX Case Study: Handling Offline for Impatient Users

I recently came across a blog post on inVision listing the most influential UI animations of all time (Inside Design by inVision). On the list, it starts out with a flashing cursor and a command-line interface from 1967, and includes AOL login screens from 1995, and the iMessage “is typing” chat bubbles. Many of the […]

Is the chatbot a hype of the past? What are the key takeaways?

Why did people get excited about chatbots? Facebook debuted its Messenger bot platform in April 2016, and Google announced its Google Assistant in May 2016. During this time, I was on the team that launched The Wall Street Journal bot, which partnered with Facebook, and I witnessed how people’s expectations got so inflated. Unlike regular […]

Get Users Onboard with Your Push Notifications

Push notifications are an essential tool for bringing users back into 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 […]