Motivational energy for the day

It’s always important to remain focused and inspired in my line on work. But what is also important is to take my skills and attitude to the next level as well. Get sum!

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How to create animated GIFs for UI design presentations: Part 2

Weather app animated GIF

Weather app animated GIF

This is the second part in the series of creating those awesome cool, animated GIFs of UI designs. In the first part we had used Adobe After Effects to create two compositions. One for transitions and animations of a weather app. The other one for how we want to present it on a mobile phone background. In this second part, we save our composition properly in preparation for optimizing it into a GIF.

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Gamification in social media for businesses

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As businesses attempt to engage with online customers on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, new approaches of engagement with customers are required, to create sustained interest in a brand’s offering over a period of time. Traditional social media marketing campaigns can help drive spikes in activity and traffic on social pages, but to create a sustained engagement, different approaches are needed. One such approach is Gamification. Continue reading

Trends in UI, Interaction, & Experience Design

The 18 minute “Connecting” documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming “Internet of things.” Ultimately, when the digital and physical worlds become one, humans along with technology are potentially on the path to becoming a “super organism” capable of influencing and enabling a broad spectrum of new behaviors in the world.

Strategic solutions for mobile design

So what exactly is the best way to design for mobile devices? What is the difference between native apps and sites created in HTML5? Are there patterns that one can learn or even copy from, for their mobile project?

In this post I share an insightful Slideshare presentations by one of my mentors, mobile UX consultant Theresa Neil presenting at Door64 in Austin.  Theresa presents mobile design strategies taken to design mobile apps successfully. In a nutshell, the first 45 slides look at the mobile strategy options and explains each, the next 150+ slides deep dive into the four options: responsive, mobile optimized sites, native apps and hybrids.

Mobile Design. Strategic Solutions.

Stanford University – Need finding User experience assignment

After having done a Human Computer Interaction course with Stanford University online over several weeks through Coursera, I really found their need finding phase of the course insightful. On this blog post I share how we went about exploring user needs in our surroundings and my thoughts and improvements around the course.

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6 tips for solving software development problems

The software corporate world can be very intimidating with companies requiring developers and designers to know how to do just about anything and everything, with any type of software under very strict deadlines. Its to be expected though, considering the pace at which technology is changing opening up new and exciting possibilities for what is possible.  Its important to realize how critical one’s problem solving skills are as an important part of your arsenal. The bigger the problems you can solve, the more money companies will pay you. Here are six problem solving techniques I have used on numerous projects to get the job done well. Continue reading