AuthorUday Gajendar

Retro classes for “classic design skills”

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Recently I commented on a LinkedIn post that maybe it’s time to bring back “retro” design classes which foster what I’d term “classic design skills”. In this era of churning out “UX Designers” through 6-week academies & online programs, there’s a vital need to fill something far more valuable then a quick easy certificate to get a UX job — a deeper understanding of visual communication...

The victims of velocity

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Moving faster and faster and faster. That’s just the norm nowadays with software development cycles, most noticeably at startups but prevalent pretty much anywhere, as artificially self-induced pressures dominate — but that’s a whole other topic to explore 🙄🤔This self- imposed urgency to deliver more at a higher rate of velocity — being diligently measured, of course — is...

Storyboarding out the human drama within

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

Sketch to explore, not solve

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Sketching is quite simply the essential skill for any designer at any level. This is a definitive point of fact. And yet, lately I’ve noticed an odd reluctance to sketch out ideas, particularly among candidates we have been interviewing to join our UX team, for which I serve as UX Architect. I wonder if this reluctance is due to an unfortunate prevailing presumption that “sketching =...

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...

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