I’ve written about the reflective power of writing. E.g. here.
I bet, there were similar articles about writing ever since writing was invented.
It’s quite difficult to carve out a space in our multimedia world to sit down and write and reflect and create. Many times I just feel like I am part of the echo chamber. Not adding any value. Not going deep enough.
One reason to keep your blog going is digital memories.
The weather was beautiful today. Sunny and warm. I tried to capture the day and hold onto the moment with these snapshots.
Walking down the stairs:
Crossing the river Rhein at the Kraftwerk:
This bicycle colour is cool:
Just like in San Francisco, the fog moved in at around 5 pm:
I am continuing my Vine experiment. Here’s the new water fountain in Riehen Dorf:
Here is a handheld shapshot taken along the river banks of the Rhein during dusk yesterday evening:
When I moved to Basel many years ago, some of my conversations went like this:
Nchenga at Chiperoni.ch: I really like Basel. It’s got a lot of cultural events, museums, cinemas for a city of this size. It’s well-connected, has a great public transport system, just the right size, etc.
Swiss counterpart: Basel doesn’t have a lake.
I heard the same comment several times. Until it occurred to me.
Many Swiss cities are located near a lake. Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern, Lugano, Locarno. A sizeable city needs a lake.
Some notes and photos from Saturday’s UX camp in Zürich:
Adrian Sameli took us thru the process of building infographics. His tip on tools to use: Excel and Adobe Illustrator. He tried one or two infographic tools but didn’t like them much. In the discussion we looked at d3js.org.
Next, I attended a session on atomic design. Design systems not pages.
Developers need to agree early on with designers on the semantics of the smallest, small and medium building blocks. These then are used in templates to build pages.
The discussion after the presentation got straight to the daily challenges. Questions like
How do you get developers to use the existing pattern? Nobody reads documentation. In an ideal world, developer and designer sit in the same room and discuss the initial elements and define the markup. In real life the UX team may be much smaller than the developer team and might be geographically distributed, etc.
Is anybody using Pattern Lab in real-life projects? Very few projects get paid to build a pattern library. Pattern Lab is really more for larger projects due to the effort involved. How can this be improved?
Main idea: Often you see some obvious problems in your UX design after your first or second test person. Instead of going thru the whole test with the remaining test participants, change the prototype with your improvement between tests. And then continue testing your changed prototype. Main requirement: Designer needs to watch the user test. This shortens discussion time afterwards. Tools used: Sketch and inVision.
Don’t change too much. Follow Medlock’s classification.
Want to try RITE? Start with the traditional method first. Only use RITE after you have gained some experience in carrying out user tests.
Prio 1 obvious cause, quick solution, implement the fix and test with the next participant.
Flickr photos embedded in the old way are not showing in Google Chrome on Mac. But they are showing in Safari on the same machine. I disabled all my Chrome extensions except Lastpass, but the photos are still not loading.
This is how they are embedded:
Any ideas why the photos are not showing in Chrome on Mac?