AuthorUday Gajendar

Storyboarding the human drama

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It’s typical in product development to write “user stories” and “use cases” predicated upon a self-identifying rubric meant to suggest a tremor of empathy: “As a geologist analyzing rock patterns, I need…” Of course it’s a minor pale shade of what true empathy means, codified into a simplistic formula to crank out at rapid pace and high volume tons of use cases to fill up engineering backlogs —...

Sketch to explore, not solve

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Sketching is simply the essential skill for any designer at any level. This is simply a definitive fact. However, lately I have noticed an odd reluctance to sketch, particularly among design candidates we have recently been interviewing with the UX team, for which I serve as UX Architect. I wonder if this reluctance is due to an unfortunate presumption that “sketching = solving”, as...

Reflections & Intentions: 2018 > 2019

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Looking back, for me 2018 — which felt like it lasted a decade! — was a year of transitions and connections, of not knowing and adapting to the unexpected, while seeking out those elusive moments of … discovery? achievement? fulfillment? Perhaps it’s simply the search for the most mundane thing of all…quite simply progress. As Mad Men’s Don Draper said often, “move...

Disposability in design: feature not a bug

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Building upon the previous post’s point about the need to “show the ugly” in design, not simply jumping to and showcasing your gorgeous Sketch mockups via templates and plug-ins…There’s another point about the value of disposability that’s worth mentioning briefly. To be disposable in the design process is essential to the overall nature of design as a progressively iterative practice of...

Showing the ugly in design

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Perhaps due to the ease & proliferation of Sketch templates for creating high-res mockups that look production-ready — dashboards to admin consoles to social feeds — there seems to be a strong bent towards going all realistic and photo-ready from the start of a project. Please don’t do that. I mean sure, why not make it look beautiful and well-formed, as if it’s already coded — indeed...

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