A great design doesn’t imply glitzy colors or eye catching icons, but it’s about being simple, effective and reducing cognitive load. So what’s cognitive load? - It refers to the total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory. The working memory is where we learn, where we calculate, where we reason and it’s what we use when we’re using any application. Working memory processes information that’s stored momentarily in our short term memory and more perpetually in our long-term memory.
Developers and designers have very varied roles in the creation of a product. While Designers are completely engrossed with things like graphics and interface features like color schemes, web developers are into behind-the-scenes stuff that makes the product work — basically developing codes. Hence it’s obvious that designers and developers have a disconnect and exchange of information occurs when the designs are shared, bridging the gap can help in cohesively building the product.
Technology advancements and emergence of cloud computing, virtualization, and GPU acceleration have made voice user interfaces a reality. The experience landscape is set to transform from taps and clicks to screen less experiences like the Voice User Interfaces. Research from Gartner indicates that 30% of interactions with technologies is set to be done by means of voice in 2018. Brands are relying more on voice interfaces which have no display or a tactile interface. The advance interfaces are beyond the limitations of swipes, taps, and clicks. The new wave of voice user interface design is based on conversation and is on the cusp of becoming mainstream.
Angular is the most popular open-source web framework that simplifies the development of web applications. Web developers can build unique and advanced web applications using various front-end frameworks that support AngularJS. Web developers can build dynamic, single page web apps (SPAs) using Angular as it supports the Model View Controller (MVC) programming structure.
Becoming a Narrative Artist Artists, whether they’re aware of it or not, have origin stories: a psycho-analyzable fear or frustration or insecurity that explains why their work is the way it is. Mine just so happens to be a lifelong deep-seated feeling of being misunderstood, a constant gnawing sense of living on an alien planet, trying to convincingly blend in and not be discovered.
Stories are an effective way to capture user interests, they offer extensive information and represents user goals that are to be achieved. User stories are used to articulate the user’s perspective by enhancing their creativity and imagination. Designs influenced by user stories help the user to engage with the design effectively and the impact on the user is massive. Stories are a vivid way of delivering a message subtly.
Nature and landscapes have been the predominant themes for artworks. Artists get inspired with landscapes and capture the beauty of nature by sketching and painting mountains, trees, rivers and more as these are incessant source of inspiration. Even for modern artists nature remains to be an inspiration and its complexity is what motivates them. A few artists precisely replicate the beauty and transpose it into a completely new medium like canvas or a wall; while a few of them manipulate the existing view and then turn it into their own art.
The famous quote by St. Augustine explains “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” Travelling has given me great experiences and memories that make me immensely happy. When life gets stressful (or really busy), I believe travelling brings back a sort of balance in everyone’s life. Stepping out of the comfort zone, encountering the unexpected and experiencing varied cultures, is the beauty of travel. Travelling has progressed towards becoming a fundamental aspect of our lives. Since I have a partner who enjoys travelling as much as I do, it makes most of our holidays perfect.
All of us live in the age of pixels. We want everything to be visually appealing but at the same time we need to ensure the image sizes are down for performance. As a developer I believe there is only one way to achieve this and that’s through - SVG. Scalable Vector Graphic looks clean for all screen resolutions, they are very small size files which are editable and can be modified effortlessly.
For any web designer it is imperative to design webpages that can effortlessly garner attention and traffic among the users. The user interface design plays a key role in engaging the users and enticing them towards the brand. A great user interface not just enhances the usability but also allows the user to navigate effectively and delivers a sense of flexibility to the user. An effective and simple user interface design will help the user connect better.
Brands are now communicating with visual elements that echo the mindset of the users and are more adaptive in terms of design than ever before. Being consistent with design is the need of the hour since customers have multiple touch points like web, mobile, social and much more. Whether it is on a mobile, tablet or a desktop we are reading this blog on, everything has a design and brands are everywhere, so making a brand stand out from the rest is a complex task.
Mobile applications offer unique design challenges that vary from traditional desktop based applications. Designers often tend to design them like web pages that are designed for mobiles. While designing smaller screens with shorter attention spans, the interfaces need to be quite simple to interact and easy for novice users to connect.
Art sparks creativity and innovation. Art awakens our imagination and strengthens our own experience. Any form of art enables the artist to represent culture, values, perspectives, and much more. We are taken on a journey into a new world where reality and imagination are intertwined.
User Experience is not just about how the website or application looks and functions but rather how efficiently users are able to interact and connect. User experience creates a significant layer of competition between the competitors and an analysis can help to identify the weak spots where the competitor might be out-performing. The analysis helps to build an enhanced strategy and design a blueprint to deliver better.
Scrum is an agile framework that addresses complex adaptive problems and changing requirements where the end user will have a working module at regular intervals. Scrum has a unique approach - Self-Organizing Team. In scrum framework, the development team decides the measure of highly needed Product Backlog to set as their objective for each sprint. When the development team decide how much to commit to – and when the commitment is realistic and achievable – the team’s focus and drive is channelized, and helps to produce better results when compared to the traditional model where one person assigns all the tasks.
Material design by Google is a visual language with specifications for user interface elements and its key objective is to have a coherent and accessible visual language. Material Design themes convey meaning through color tones and contrasts, while the theme color palettes helps to deliver a consistent experience throughout the application. When more custom styling is required developers need to write CSS rules with custom selectors, or build a custom version of the angular-material.css file with SASS and custom variables.
Being a design graduate I was inspired towards different art forms and when I was asked to sketch as a part of my curriculum, I did resist. My interests were leaning more towards photography and typography. I thought sketching and illustrations were not my cup of tea, but my admiration for them was never less. There were times when my passion for photography was at its peak and it was then, that I was able to click a few good photographs that made me feel genuinely content.
A dashboard is an interface that’s very similar to an automobile's dashboard. They consolidate and deliver information at a glance in a way that is easy to read and act upon. Dashboard design becomes complex and hard to analyze when multiple data needs to be displayed. The complex part for any designer would be to conceptualize the way to present data and finally take a call on what needs to be showcased predominantly as the key metrics on the dashboard need to resonate with the user.