Image of floppy disks
Image of floppy disks
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This article was inspired by a conversation I had with Ryan Warrender on our Podcast Design Huddle.

There is also the old joke of a kid seeing a floppy disk for the first time and asking his Dad why he has a 3D printed version of the save icon.

Well a while back when I was on Twitter, a Japanese user’s asked an important question about Microsoft Excel’s UI, and the question was “Why is the save icon a vending machine?”


How to design for weird user behavior.

Image of a lady eating Chocolate cake smeared on her face, but she is happy and content
Image of a lady eating Chocolate cake smeared on her face, but she is happy and content
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This article was inspired by a conversation I had with Ryan Warrender on our Podcast Design Huddle.

User Fudged Experiences are when users do something unexpected with our products or service, usually in a hacky way. Here are some examples.

Story 1: McDonald’s Milkshakes

The Golden Arches were trying to increase the sale of their milkshakes and interviewed users to find the perfect recipe. The outcome was more richer shakes, but sadly sales remained the same.

They then hired a consultant, Clay Christensen, find a solution. Christensen’s approach was to sit in a restaurant, 18 hours a day watching customers come and go. …


This week its all about NTFs and the UX challenges around them

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Design Huddle logo

We have launched a bunch of videos for our Podcast, Design Huddle, featuring me and Ryan Warrender.

This week we talk NFTs. NFT stands for “non-fungible token.” Similar to a Bitcoin token, you trade it for real money at a varying market value. However, unlike Bitcoin, each NFT is unique.

The token that says you own something, like an art piece, you trade it, however, if you do, you’ll be getting an entirely different piece. It is essentially enforced scarcity, which in turn is supposed to drive up value.

But is it all what its made up to be?

Are NFTs the emperors clothes or a way for artists to make money

My general feeling is there is an opportunity to do something fun with NFTs but sadly, for now anyways, is mostly people trying to make a quick buck.

We come up with a concept of a UX app that could enable designers and artists


Interview with: Brendan Kearns, a designer who has worked at Twitter, InVision, and Google

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Design Huddle Logo

Introduction

I have joined podcast, Design Huddle, as a co-host with Ryan Warrender.

The premise of the show; We breakdown what’s new in tech and design. Each week we talk about what’s trending in tech, have some epic interviews, and drop some knowledge on you so you can stay ahead of the robot apocalypse.

Listen to the latest episode;

In this weeks episode, we are speaking to Brendan Kearns, a designer who has worked at Twitter, InVision, and Google. He has recently set up his agency and now works with clients from Europe to Silicon Valley.

We discuss how he started as a Business Major at…


I have just launched my first ever course on skillshare.com titled “Basics of Mobile UX: Design and Prototyping”. The course leads you through the creation process of a mobile app that allows you to order coffee on the go. Think of it as Uber but for coffee lovers.

You can see the course here bit.ly/mobileUXdesign and also get two months off on their premium accounts by using this link: https://buff.ly/2U2wA8H. Enjoy!


This article covers the process and the lessons learned when designing a PWA and the things we learned.

Checkout out material.money

NOTE: This article was inspired by a conversation I had with David East, A Firebase Developer Advocate at Google, for our YouTube series “Designer vs. Developer”. You can also listen to a longer version of the conversation by downloading or subscribing to our podcast on Spotify, iTunes or Google Play Music.

A progressive web app (PWA) is a website that has app like features, for example, it can work offline, send you notifications and provides more seamless integration into the native features & behaviors of your phone & desktop. …


Google hosted a panel discussion on these topics regarding designing for speed and the need to think about slowing down an experience.

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NOTE: This article was inspired by a conversation I had with Adrienne Porter Felt, Software Engineer and Lead at Google Chrome, for our YouTube series “Designer vs. Developer”. You can also listen to a longer version of the conversation by downloading or subscribing to our podcast on Spotify, iTunes or Google Play Music.

I have argued in the past about designing for speed and hacking user perception. I feel it is essential to employ several design devices to help reassure a user — or person — that something is happening. Alternatively, at the very least, let them know how long…


The autonomy of design systems like material design and how one can start to build their own.

NOTE: This article was inspired by a conversation I had with Nick Butcher, Design and Developer Advocate at Google, for our YouTube series “Designer vs. Developer”. You can also listen to a longer version of the conversation by downloading or subscribing to our podcast on Spotify, iTunes or Google Play Music.

A design system is a set of principles that helps guide designers trying to navigate a platform, environment or ecosystem. Sometimes they impose restrictions and force rules, but a good set will always seek to guide. …


How we can be creative and realistic with the websites, we create.

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NOTE: This article was inspired by a conversation I had with Lynn Mercier, Lead Software Engineer for MDC Web, for our YouTube series “Designer vs. Developer”. You can also listen to a longer version of the conversation by downloading or subscribing to our podcast on Spotify, iTunes or Google Play Music.

For graphic designers, this will seem quite odd, but to produce boxes with rounded corners on the web was tricky to implement 10 years ago. To get them you needed hacks and horrible HTML tricks to get a box with rounded corners. …


In this article we will look at the steps to take to conduct UX research, focusing particularly on usability studies.

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NOTE: This article was inspired by a conversation I had with Jenny Gove, a UX researcher at Google, for our YouTube series “Designer vs. Developer”. You can also listen to a longer version of the conversation by downloading or subscribing to our podcast on Spotify, iTunes or Google Play Music.

To start with, I have to state that you should always have professional researchers on hand to do research properly, in the same way, you need a trained designer or engineer. …

Mustafa Kurtuldu

Design Advocate @google. I write code like I mix paint.

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