Design Critique: Airbnb (Android App)

Airbnb, Inc. is an online platform for arranging or offering lodging, homestays, or experiences. It acts as a mediator for hosts and travelers. The company was conceived after its founders put an air mattress in their living room, effectively turning their apartment into a bed and breakfast, in order to offset the high cost of rent in San Francisco; Airbnb is …

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Contextual Inquiry – Understanding your users in their environment

Contextual inquiry is a semi-structured field interview method conducted to obtain information about the context of use of any service or product. The participants are interviewed one at a time in their natural environment, while they perform their daily tasks to show how they use the product or service. As the users are interviewed in …

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Design Critique: PMC MicroMarket(7 Th. Floor)

Introduction Since my first day at Pratt Manhattan Center, I’ve became a heavy user of the MicroMarket in our building. The market locates on the 7th floor of Pratt Manhattan Center , aiming to provide Pratt students with fresh snacks and beverages with self-checkout technology. By linking technology to users’ everyday activities, the MicroMarket has …

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Understanding UX Concepts by Games

Introduction UX designers play an essential role in a team. We confront a situation that developers control the universe. How can we transition their developer-centered approach design to a user-centered approach? How can UX designers better communicate and express UX concepts? Games can teach us UX concepts that improve productivity, taking the UX concept – …

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Participatory Design: What makes it so useful?

Introduction Participatory Design, also known as co-design or co-operative design is a creative approach that attempts to actively involve the stakeholders and end-users in the design process to ensure that the eventual solution meets their needs and is usable. In cases where the users feel that the products they use force them to adapt to …

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Using Origami As A Tool For Design Thinking

I heard about the technique of using origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, for design thinking from Daniel Stillman, who is the author of the book The 30 Second Elephant and The Paper Airplane Experiment. I attended one of his workshops on facilitating a workshop at a meetup event hosted by DesignSprint NYC. Nowadays …

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Design Critique: AdBlock (Google Chrome Extension)

About AdBlock AdBlock is an open source browser extension for blocking intrusive or distracting ads on websites. It is inconspicuous in the browsing experience but has a powerful impact, with the ability to block banner ads, pop-ups, and video ads.  This extension has been my ad blocker of choice for close to a decade because …

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Participatory design, help your stakeholders better define and scope their business

It is always easy to come out with an idea and share it with the team, but not every person is able to understand it and consider it as a business opportunity due to their background and knowledge. How do you make sure your ideas will fit into their business? Well, it is the time …

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Assistive Technology: Antsy Labs Fidget Cube

The Fidget Cube is a six-sided hand-held toy designed to encourage focus by enabling fidgeting behavior. Each side of the Fidget Cube presents a different form of tactile engagement: a switch, a wheel, a joystick, a series of lock gears, five buttons of varying resistance, and an oval impression based on a worry stone.  The …

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