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August 23, 2016

PicsArt App UI/UX Design Review

I was asked by the PicsArt design director to "have a couple slides reviewing PicsArt and suggesting a few improvements (with some limited visual design)" in regards to a senior mobile UX designer role.

Here are my slides to be used as talking points with their team. Get past the bugs section for some great design insights.

Flip through the slides in full screen mode. It's better.

 

The first step in this process was the easiest. Be the user. Test everything. But wait, what are the actual use cases for this product? Editing photos via my mobile device seems to be the most obvious reason to download and try the app. Then there's the various other functions, sharing, potentially engaging with other people on via the app, and then my own profile and platform shared images to have other people engage with my creations. Attempting to use the app from these perspectives quickly runs into problems.

The main challenge that arose when looking over PicsArt was knowing where to start and where to stop because of how much was broken, poorly designed, repetitive, or confusing to use. Then, of course, how to get all that information into easily consumable slide form to use as talking points for meeting with some of the PicsArt team.

The outcome of the app review was a large amount of great user experience and interface insights for immediately actionable design changes and long term improvement of the PicsArt flagship product. That is, in addition to actual bugs and crash reports.

PicsArt

PicsArt - See slides above for more info.

October 12, 2015

Seriously good sandwiches

Sandwiches are the best! Easy to make, convenient to eat, and with no rules about what you can and can’t put on a sandwich they are an amazing foundation for flavor experimentation. Here are some that I’ve made recently for your inspiration. Enjoy.

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September 28, 2015

The Best Homefries

The best home fries (hash browns, breakfast hangover potatoes, whatever you call 'em) you’ll ever make. And really easy to make.

  • 1 medium size red potato
  • 1 medium size sweet potato
  • Panic bread crumbs
  • Butter
  • Seasoning. (salt / red & black pepper / paprika / dill) or just some steak seasoning like I use.

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April 9, 2015

LinkedIn Jobs App

When you're looking for a new job you will probably start to hate applying and look for easier methods. According to linkedin: "applicants who apply to job opportunities on the first day they’re posted are 10% more likely to land the job." The Jobs app is their take on solving some of those problems and help job seekers stay on top of their employment search. While my general review is that it works as a decent minimum viable product; I think it still has some problems to tackle. I guess the app has interesting challenges for the LinkedIn designers who are (hopefully happily) employed and have to try to put themselves in the mindset of someone looking for a new position.

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February 24, 2015

Suing in Civil Court

Not a recommended experience due to having to see the person you're suing. I did feel rushed at the end due to the court running out of time. But overall the court staff and judge were pleasant, accommodating, and generally seem to understand that it's a difficult situation for everyone.

Oh, and you get to dress up in the monkey suit; always a treat in a town where a t-shirt and hoodie are considered business casual (thanks Zuck).

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January 11, 2015

Custom Step Stool Design & Build

A few years back I designed and built this step stool with a custom logo inlayed in stone as a christmas present. While a step stool might not seem like the coolest present; for someone that's about 5'1" tall it's probably pretty useful.

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