Join Me: An Hour on Zoom

In these uncertain times, we are sure to see some impact on our work. The leaders have been encouraging and we all need to be prepared for the new streams in our work. I am hosting a series of one-hour Zoom meetings to discuss our work. Series 1: The Ninety Percent in Design 02 and 09 April 2020, 07:00 PM …

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Happy Teachers Day is Happy Customers Day

Who teaches us the best in our work. We enrol for training, and make notes when in talks with our leaders or industry experts because we want to learn. Fair point. However, it is the customers who teach us the best lessons, most often the hard way. This “Teachers Day” is for anyone who is not happy with a product. …

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Pixel-Assured before Pixel-Perfect

Designers are hooked to design pixel-perfect layouts. In last twenty years, I have seen design teams investing in PSD to HTML, and later to a variety of libraries, extensions, and tools to ensure that designs are pixel perfect. Ironically, in every product team where I am involved after the development starts, I have a hundred percent record of getting a …

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8Knorks — Design around Dinner, in Chandigarh

8Knorks is a dinner table where eight voices combine and rise to discuss the future of design, and its impact on the people for whom we design, around their stories, their success, and their constraints. The table is set in the beautiful Chandigarh, on 12 July. A Friday evening. Windy. Say it Loud Does your current work engagement give you a chance to …

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Digital Design Services Agencies—A Radical Perspective Required

The bottomline for a digital design services agency is to ‘win a project’ and start drawling lines and writing code as soon as possible. This is a conventional ‘services mindset’ where we are hired to do a job — to design and deliver a product. By contract and by conventions, agencies have nothing to do with product’s success, there are no stakes involved, …

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The Hardest Part of Our Work

Tori Street tweeted a few days back where she asked the content practitioners for what is the hardest part of our work. Hey Content Designers and Content Strategists – can we talk honestly for a moment? What’s the hardest part of your job? Which part do you – personally – feel you have the most growing to do?#contentstrategy #contentdesign — …

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Introducing Content Strategy in the Middle of Project

How do you introduce content strategy in a product team where the product is already half-developed? I had that experience two years back where the team was designing the product purely for the specifications that spoke in the language of what the founders wanted or how the project manager had envisioned. As I had anticipated, there were no standards or …

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The UX Battles – Pixels and Dollars

While in a general conversation for the Outcome conference and for our dinner series, our crew member Tanu Sharma asked me for any pointers to raise the bar in her design work. When I talked about research oriented evidence based design, and how to ensure that our designs are scale-able, I sensed her curiosity. “What will you do with all this …

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Borders and Margins in Our Own Code

Most of us have used browser’s code review functions to a quick reference to the code styling. For example, I use Chrome’s Inspect Element though I rarely need it. Last week, I had to say NO to a potential project because I found that one of the partners in client side was not easy to work with. It was a …

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