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We all are talented, which means we excel at something. Lucky people are the ones who recognize their talent in the first place and do it passionately, which helps them attain specific work achievements.
However, the problem is that it makes us feel too special to be replaced by someone else. The truth is that life revolves around nobody. We can be good at something and out there full of people who are also doing well or even better than us.
There was a time when I started to get upset that perhaps I am the best fit for the…
A good design is not only solving the right problem but also creates positive emotions for the users. Back in the old days, a physical product could be through the 5 human senses to create emotions; but it seems hard for a digital product because it’s only dry interactions on the device screen, followed by a series of services.
So Digital Product Designers need a deeper understanding of each type of emotion and the psychological principles that can create them.
According to Don Norman, people develop emotions with an object on three levels: visceral (intrinsic), behavioral (behavior), and reflective (reflection).
What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?
When I was a child, this was my most impressive riddle. The answer is quite simple: it is the “NAME” of each person. From the moment we were born, perhaps the first thing we own is our name. NAME also signals your “presence” in this world, and then the “Ego” comes to light.
It is the fact that the older we get, the more vulnerable our ego becomes. Children only need one candy to be happy, while adults are so egotistical and not easy to calm down. …
I’ve been curious about why some people are doing very good at something but not being able to do something else that is just as good. Over the past years, I’ve been searching for that answer — you may already know it’s people’s competency.
But how can we increase our competency?
Before looking for…
Typically, a designer will start a new project with eagerness because:
This client seems easy-going. He also has good taste and has all his faith in me. This definitely will be a project which I should proudly add to my portfolio. Let’s do it!
Later on, after lots of changes and suggestions, that easy-going person is nowhere to be found. He has transformed into a demanding client with weird taste, which ruins your initial good ideas. …
You are the best person to tell the story you create. So when the opportunity arises, tell it impressively!
Since ancient times, stories have been a useful tool to connect and convey human culture. People who were merchants, adventurers, transporters, hunters, and people with different professions passed on their journeys, experiencing stories over the campfire and liquor glasses at night. To reduce loneliness on the way of adventure while ensuring that there were still legacies if something happened.
How can I make this Design more beautiful?
This is the most challenging question for a designer when looking at a design on the screen. Perhaps you have discovered a great treasure of beauty definition for human beings if you can answer it.
The Oxford dictionary defines:
“Beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.”
The philosopher Immanuel Kant once said:
“Beauty is not on the rosy cheeks of a maiden but in the eye of the beholder”
When we discuss ugliness or beauty, we always admit it…
Humans need the confidence to survive. In the olden days, we needed the courage to escape from predators. As time evolves, we need faith to overcome false prejudices like the sun revolving around the earth.
There are two different types of beliefs in us: Social and Personal-one. While the former is a form of self-expression outwardly, the latter is the courage to face fears from within. And the people who do creative work are those who have sensitive and vulnerable minds.
When I was in college, my drawing class was full of students from all the fine arts majors: graphics…
I structured the Knowledge and Expertise of a User Interface Designer base on levels of creativity. To catch up on this story better, please read my previous article: 5 levels of creativity.
To be able to design a complete product, UI Designer also needs to coordinate with UX Designer. But because the nature of the two positions is quite different, so in this article, I will only share the knowledge around UI Designer, hoping to provide useful information for those interested in this sector.
Firstly, it will be a huge advantage for those who have a Graphic Designer background when…