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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Designing for the OUTCOME: A Conference, Products Culture, and Startup Ecosystem

The startup ecosystem noise gets louder and is more widely distributed now in Chandigarh. I love the way students are now entrepreneuring their muscles from idea to pitching, and sometimes prototyping on their way. My co-working space CEED gives me regular chances to talk to Chitkara University students. Many a times, they surprise me with their startupreneural questions. Also, CEED …

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