A Kindle Paperwhite showing one of device's downloaded books cover

10 Books to Read in 2017 and Beyond

Writings

April has come to an end, the temperatures are getting cooler and the year is already full on with things to do, see and learn but it’s also a good reminder that I still have many books to read.

Earlier this year I’d planned, among other things, to read about ten books, that’s one every five weeks. Having read just one, it looks like I’m way behind schedule already.  Frankly this post itself was supposed to be published in January, but hey, at least it’s not a draft anymore. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Brainstorm Exercise, Drawing Inside Circles

Design
Brainstorm exercise: sheet of paper containing several pencil sketches drawn inside two dozen circles

Circles can be the constraint, the frame or part of the illustration itself.

Coming with a good idea is hard.

Coming with several, perhaps dozens, of ideas sounds harder still, but one of the takeaways from this Ideation course I’m enrolled to is that you’ve to let go of judgment and just jot them down, and to sketch away any ideas that comes into your mind.

Admittedly, I’ve spent more time in this exercise that I’ve planned but the process was insightful nevertheless.

Storyboard for the Economaze project

Storyboarding Design Ideas

Design

In today’s post I’ll share the result of the second assignment for the HCI specialization course I’m enrolled with this trimester.

From the assignment instructions:

A storyboard presents a scenario that takes a hypothetical user from setting (a problem, need, or desire embedded in a specific situation) to satisfaction (an outcome achieved through a design that addresses the problem/need/desire). Storyboards show what a design enables the user to accomplish without specifying a particular user interface. A good storyboard begins by introducing the problem: what does the user seek to do? The subsequent panels walk through what the user does. It introduces how the user begins using the system, any exploration that they do, and how the design helps the user accomplish their goal.

For these storyboards I’ve drawn inspiration from an interview with my colleague Paula Maria and other community needs I’ve been observing for some time.

Little red shards in pavement

Email Background Images with CSS: Unveiling the Myth

Code

There’s a deeply rooted misunderstanding among e-mail marketing folks that background images don’t work in e-mails and, therefore, can’t be used to illustrate or beautiful creations.

In fact, if we inspect today’s available HTML and CSS attributes in major e-mail clients and providers, we’d think we’ve taken a lift with Marty McFly and brought back to the remote year of 2001 in which websites were built using just tables and sliced images.