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Why I feel Medium is great place to build your Design Portfolio and showcase your UX and Design Thinking skills

Aug’17 I enrolled in Interaction Design Foundation(IDF) and completed five of its courses in three months. To get practical hands-on I then completed Freelance Web Design course on Udemy, and have written more about it here.Soon I started participating in design contests on 99Designs and submitted two designs. But soon realized that it is better to build portfolio and start approaching for work instead of putting too much time and energy on crowd-sourcing design contests.I was looking for a better way to create a portfolio. I did not want to just put out my design on Dribbble and Behance. I wanted to put my thoughts and research which goes behind the actual design and explain the process. This approach was inspired by The Dribbblisation of Design, special and heartfelt thanks to Paul Adams. I still go through this article every now and then to make sure I do not fall into this trap.Luckily I came across Portfolio Principles by Martijn van den Broeck and following the lead I started working on mine, Portfolio - Vikrant Singh. Since I saw many people talking about design, I thought to introduce this new way of building the portfolio and putting oneself out.Let me know your thoughts on this!

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it's always about the story ...not looks!

answered by Charan Singh

Netflix vs Youtube : Which is better product in terms of UI/UX, Search etc? and why? Answers with some visual representations highly appreciated.

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What do you think about the UX & design of PayTm Inbox?

So, yesterday paytm rolled out it's in-app message service PayTm inbox that will allow users to chat, send & request money to other users. What do you think about it's overall user experience and design?

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This is a start of something big and new. I believe it has the potential to become a very important part of the Platform and help in transforming the way we send money to atleast our Closed ones. I'm not sure if it can serve the purpose for single time transactions though. The New process is really simple and the overall User Experience is pretty good.They've even gone the next step to implement a somewhat new design with the fields and layout ( so i feel a paytm redesign might be in the works ) . It looks really neat and the Empty states look coool. :-DThere are a bunch of problems with the UX  based on my experience though. 1. There's no confirmation on sending the money to the Receiver. You think you'll be asked for a confirmation while sending the sum of money in case user commits an error but once you hit send, it's gone.2. Upon requesting money, it just says money requested. I believe there should be a very small description that tells more about what exactly is happening. There should a brief explanantion of how it'll work.3. The way the icons are paired at the bottom can be better, I believe the icons for receiving and sending should be placed first as they are the the USP of the Feature and will also allow for easy scanning from left to right as otherwise they fall in between standard attachment icons and location icon which i feel is a bit odd. 4. The search icon on the toolbar gives you the affordance of being able to search the contacts whereas it's the global search for PayTm. 5. The Position of Orders seems a bit off to me. Considering the fact that it doesn't even show my transaction history which would have been more relevant to the Inbox, they decided to put It as a part of the Paytm Mall orders which i don't think belongs here. Although, it might help in cross promotion of PayTm mall which i feel a lot of people are yet to discover but from the user's point of view i just feel it's an extra addition and might not serve a real Purpose. 6. The Inclusion of Games is something new. People might want to try it and placing it inside Inbox at this point of time when everyone will be checking the Inbox feature certainly would help it gain popularity otherwise it might have been overshadowed by the hugeness of the platform. This can also help generate even more revenue by putting more sponsored apps/games and would drive more audience if done with big companies. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _Overall, I think it's definitely a step in the right direction and i would definetly be using it to send money to people close to me. What do you think ?

answered by Nitya Gupta

Smooch.io vs Zendesk: Which has better homepage in terms of UI/UX & Why?

I think Zendesk did a better job. Zendesk has done a phenomenal job adding in subtle, yet advanced, animations across their site.

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The question asked 10 months ago, I am not sure whether they have changed their website design or it is still the same. Deciding on which UI is better, you should define some pointers like Which company have taken users' seriously by their UI?Smooch.io have a completely different mindset, it is targeted at youth, startups, energetic business persons. their name itself depicts those feelings. Yet it has a lot of Texts contents which fails it to be a user-centric. Whereas Zendesk is old and strong, they have used flat human graphics which makes it more mature and smart in terms of look. Fewer texts than smooch.io make it stronger in terms of user's consumption of textual contents.  

answered by Abhishek Sharma

What would you say is the next big trend in UX & design?

According to me

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Which designers do you follow closely?

I have learnt a lot by following some of the great designers like Aarron Walter (@aarron) & Wilson Miner (@wilsonminer). I thought it would be great to share our design inspirations with others.

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My inspiration and mentor would be @donnorman

answered by Anu Prasad raja

What are the easy-to-use libraries/kits/themes/packages for building UI in React Native

There are many easy-to-use UI kits/JS/themes to build web UI. Similarly do you know of any for React Native UI developement.

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Flipkart vs Amazon: Which is a better product in terms of UI/UX, Search etc? and why?

Why

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Don't remember the last time when I used Flipkart. :) So I opened both Amazon and FK right now and did a search (for powerbanks). This is how they show the products in the result grid:My observations:1. Amazon's font is much more readable and easy on eye2. Amazon packs in more results on a page due to smaller size of each result. 3. Amazon show the seller quite clearly. Not sure why FK doesn't show it.4. Amazon shows savings in rupees, while FK makes me do math calculation5. FK's "Assured" logo is too much over the top. "prime" is much more subtle.6. Amazon shows reviews better than FK, in my opinion. Filled stars is much more visual than writing a rating like 4.2. 7. FK shows "Add to compare" which is a good feature. Amazon missed this one out.So for me, it's Amazon all the way!

answered by Nikunj Verma

what do you think of recent Redesign of Dropbox ?

Dropbox has rebranded to promote itself as a creative platform rather then simply a file-sharing service -  but the design has attracted criticism for its use of clashing colors.

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Puzzled by this redesign. More than the aesthetics, I hate the UX changes. Tweeted about it here and got response from Dropbox team that I couldn't understand: https://twitter.com/nikunj_speaks/status/922388516801101824

answered by Nikunj Verma

How to conduct user observations ?

How would you practise user observation in their own environment, as i feel user interviews are insightful, but people think something, say something else and do something else.

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The good way of doing this is using contextual inquiry and shadowing tools. In these methods, you observe/sketch the client interacting with in his/her space and while doing tasks in habitual way. Using these observation as evidence, asking questions will give better insights and helps you understand the 'how's'. Also, you can ask the user to speak out loud while doing the task, gives info about the thinking (understand the why's).

answered by Nithin Vemula

Whats the best alternative for zeplin (Free and can be used for windows) ? to create pixel perfect style guides for smooth hand offs?

Creating meaningful Specsheets

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try "Avocado for windows".

answered by Charan Singh

UX/UI , what is it actually ?

Well , so  I have been into photoshop for more than 4 years now.Al these years I used to do works like manipulation and all.I have never been into ui/ux design. What actually is it ? Can anyone explain with examples and the softwares used ?

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This is the simplest way to answer this question :)

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Which aspect of design you give the highest priority to? why?

There are a series of design aspects like typography, content, interaction etc. that you take into consideration while designing, what are the top proirities for you. 

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First of all, My approach starts with user empathy. Higher the scale of empathy, higher the chances of success will be there in designing. Because once user intentions & experiences are clear, You can take a look at the similar kind of products that they use. Not in just terms of digital products rather physical objects also. It gives you a clear picture of their behaviour which will help you in designing better interactions around your context. Typography, content etc are later parts but still important. If you can get the psychological preferences around the context of product from the empathy research then you can utiliize all those benefits in visual language too. At the end, Visual senses are also the part of our daily experiences around the objects and their appeal in terms of colors, alignment etc should be similar either digital or physically to precieve them easily.

answered by Charan Singh

How do you estimate the timeline of your own design process?

What methods do you use to set goals for yourself.

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Sticking close to your question, I will share my method regading only the design process. I am not sure how standard it is, but it works.Whenever asked for a design estimate, I take up some time (around half an hour) to understand what is required of me. During this time, I am planning how to proceed step-wise. With that, I also analyse how much time each step would take. This is purely based on one's skill to analyse the time. Mostly, during the above-said half n hour peroid I make myself ready for what's coming.At the end, I give out the time frame required for the process.Usually, I take 1-2 hours buffer time to refine, however I never give exact time estimate rather a timeframe. I don't know if this will work with other people who deal with different kinds of managers, seniors, etc., but giving a ranged estimate helps me to focus without any pressure on the delivery.

answered by Kuldeep Sharma

How do you work with Engineers / Product Managers / other designers? What process do you follow?

While working in a team, how do you manage expectations and deliver where everyone pitches in with ideas/concepts. What process do you follow, also since everyone has their own perspective of design how do you decide and lock down on the final design. 

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The Stories feature on communication apps are slowly becoming the standard for how we interact. How do you design for such an interface?

Snapchat, Instagram, Whatsapp and X number of apps have made *Stories* into a full blown feature where the complete screen is used to either show you an image or a short 10 second video. How do you design imagery for such an interface where the attention span is significantly low.

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Yes, Stories are now coming on most of the communication app but I still doubt their success. I have hundreds of Whatsapp contact and only 2-3 people update Status(stories) on regular basis. Also, I find that on apps like Snapchat, Insta, etc., popular people (mostly celebs) use the stories features more. Normal people like us are rare. I am talking with respect to my contacts, may be other people have more contacts with Stories.Coming to design, I feel the time given is quite less. The attention span is really low as you said. Maybe we can call it "Shorts"? I think Stories is too big a term for what we get. Also, I feel there should be no time frame for any image. Usually the image dissappears before I figure out what's happening and I have to bring it back. I think it should be swipeable. Once you are done understanding and admiring the pic, you can swipe for the next.

answered by Kuldeep Sharma

Is user experience > design or is a balance a better way to go about it?

.The best designs are generally subtle and minimal. What would you give more priority to user experience or design.

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Both the components are very important for the App. UI is what user sees. That is the first impression to the user. A neat and good UI will help your app live. (The Looks of a car, both in and out)UX is how user feels and interacts with the App. Howe difficult or easy is to find a button, menu, item. Its more about how many interactions the user has to do before reaching the desired section/topic/page and How easy or difficult it is to find something in the App/page. Try not to make a user learn something just to use the App/Page. (The drivability and confort of the car)Both are equally important and decide whether the App lives or is deleted. Whether the user will visit again. And since both the components are different, i dont thing there is a balancing act that can be done on the two. 

answered by Rajdeep Sharma

What challenges have you faced while designing for conversational interfaces?

Conversational interfaces are very popular right now. How do you make your design stand out as the scope is limited.

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What learning resources you'd suggest to a UX newbie?

If I'm a beginner in UX and want to learn, what slides, blogs, podcasts, videos would you suggest?

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Medium Articles by leading product designers from Google, FB, Uber. Don Norman Book "The UX of everyday things." Design Critique by FB to take your design thinking to the next level.  And there are infinite more. . . 

answered by Charan Singh

What are some apps or websites that you would rate more than 9 out of 10 for UX?

Apps & websites these days focus more on User Experience and is one of the most important factors guiding product design. Which apps or websites do you think provide one of the the best User Experiences in India or abroad.

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Trello.Building a productivity tool that is used by so many people in different ways is hard. Plus, there are team workflows that need to sync seamlessly across multiple clients. The way Trello handles all this complexity is sheer genius. Some examples:Almost everything can e edited by double clickingMost often used actions are easily accessible - they just slide in. A click opens up a window with more detailed options.Typography is nice and the app is easy on eyes (important for a tool that people use for >4 hours a day)

answered by Nikunj Verma
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