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Art shapes society (And so does design) Back in 1999, I remember how important art was to me, as it could inspire. Either inspire for good or for evil. Art shaped society, just as music defines the culture or period. Artists were role models, good or bad.

What is the strongest driver of loyalty? – prototypr

Interaction Design Foundation - Johannesburg Chapter (Meetup) Tuesday 01/08/17 Info below is a bit of what occured at the meetup as well as my thoughts which were inspired as a result of the info gathered at the event. Let’s recap, for those who missed out… In any industry, what is the strongest driver of loyalty?


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The scarcity of UX Design professionals in South Africa

How did this problem come to be? Context? I could go into a long debate about politics and educational system in SA. But I hate politics. So let’s start here instead: Don Norman was a pioneer in UX, being the first “User Experience Professional/Architect” in 1995…(an electrical engineer and cognitive scientist) - yes, a beautiful combination of science & design.

Design : life lessons from my mom – prototypr

An effort to understand the origin of my biases 1981 September, final year of high school, before writing her final paper…my mom went job hunting. She couldn’t afford to go to college, as she was raised by her pensioner grandmother. 2 Dec she wrote her final exam.

Out with the old, in with the new… – Designerd – Medium

BROWSERS: SPEED/ MEMORY USAGE/ UNINTERRUPTED WORKFLOW Chrome - Vivaldi - Safari - Firefox Chrome has always been my favorite. Being a die-hard Google fan. I’ll love anything they create. I left Safari as soon as Chrome was released, probably ±2008/9. But a few months ago, I decided to test out a few others.

Practical Principles – Designerd – Medium

PART II Although, some of Bruce Lee’s quotes are derivatives of former philosophers, if you think about it, most great leader’s quote’s are inspired by others and adapted to their own field. As T.S. Eliot says: “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different”.

Imagineering the education system – Designerd – Medium

“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.” - Confucius Imagine a world without school as we know it. School, the institution creating a production line of employees.

15+ jobs in 10 years – Designerd – Medium

Employee years…Corporate Industries 10 years ago I started my first job as Junior Designer. Since then I’ve worked for 15+ companies. Apparently, that’s a bad thing. Moving “looks bad” on your cv. But when a portfolio spans a decade, why worry? You learn more “just jumping in, unable to swim” than just staying in your first job.

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Vivaldi vs Chrome

 

 

 


If your browser reminds you of your mind… ie. with so many open tabs that the panels start looking slightly more square, instead of their normal rectangular shape [ I’m talking like 78 browsers open in ±5 windows in total…maybe more ]…then…Vivaldi is probably for you. This is the browser, not made for the “average person”.

Definition of “average person”: checks the same 1-2 sites every single day, most likely at work, with no exception to this rule and accepts anything they read, never researches or questions the source.

I think the perfect epitome of the average persona is best described as “Simon” from David Thorne’s blog 26bslash6.com

-If you don’t know who’s David Thorne, you have not lived, and I feel very sorry for you.

Nope, Vivaldi was made for the power user… or in my terms, the religious Googler.

Some background…1994, 2 developers [Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita ] created “Opera”. They stayed close to their users, continuously improving their software based on user feedback, and in 2015 they reached their next level in freeware browsers “Vivaldi”.

I’m still undecided…As I only started playing with this last week. And…I believe “All things Google is Good”, so I refuse to believe there’s a better browser than Chrome. Or perhaps, I’ve just been using Chrome so long, I didn’t think of what else could’ve improved. I assumed Google had checked all their boxes.

I would say however, that to customise practically everything, even whether you want your tab panel on the top or bottom etc. is kind of cool. I do like the visual tabs.  I haven’t gone through all the settings for customisation, so I’m sure there’s a way to solve my problem, just haven’t really played enough with it yet.


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If you’re like me, you’ll love side-by-side browsing. The adaptive interface is a nice touch, changing colour scheme and tabs to match whichever site you’re viewing, nothing to do with functionality, and literally just a “nice to have” I guess. The speed dial is also a really cool function. Apparently this was in Opera, but I wouldn’t know, I probably used Opera for like a month back in high school somewhere around the year 2000.

I’ve been told by a trusted source, that all the things I love about Google actually came from Opera, namely tabs. This is an innovation in browsing history. But to verify this statement, I will research further, only if I decide that Vivaldi is for me.

Mostly I use a 13″ Macbook, and for this reason, I don’t really like Vivaldi. It feels too cluttered on a laptop, as I am already a multi-window-multi-tab-type person. Or maybe this problem is easily solved, and I just haven’t figured the full extent of Vivaldi’s awesomeness. Once I find what I’m looking for, I will officially convert from Chrome to Vivaldi.

In the meantime, I think Vivaldi’s cool for larger monitors. It may suck on this 13″. But it will probably rock on 21″ and larger. If you started with Opera and plan on dying as an Opera fan, then you’ll love this.


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View of my current browsing scenario…yes, I know, I should learn to close my tabs


Usability testing

user testing advert

 

I’m scheduling 60-minute usability interview in Auckland Park/ Sandton on Friday 26th and Monday 29th August
Selected participants who complete the interviews will receive R500 gift voucher/ cash.

Please complete the following questionaire:

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[ your information will remain confidential ]

Participants will:
– Be willing to sign our standard confidentiality agreement
-Allow us to record the session
-Not require an assistive device or software to use a computer

* Recruiters please don’t contact this job poster
*Do not contact me with unsolicited services or offers.

Current projects

Employee Management Dashboard 2015

Working with start-ups can be awesome, but with NDA’s in place, it will be a while before I have anything to upload.

This year, I have worked on UI for a social app, UX and UI for tourist and financial app. As well as something government based. But that’s about all I can say I guess. Upcoming, security and another social app.

I would like to work on projects for children and the environment, so if you have something in mind along these lines, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Also, if there’s a nursery school wall which needs a mural, I would be happy to offer my services [ just provide the wall and the paints ].