UX design process is often preached as the best way to design the think that suits the customer needs best. Which such process might be highly effective in some cases, it cannot be applied as a one-size-fits-all solution. Teams tasked with solving problems quickly and creatively, should bypass formal UX process for sake of delivering into market quickly, failing fast, and learning from the experiments.
You go to bed at 1 AM, your alarm goes off at 6 AM in hopes of getting you to that 7 AM yoga class. You snooze, over and over again. Finally, realizing you'll be late for your first meeting at work, you drag yourself out of bed at 7:45, and rush to the door skipping breakfast.
You barely make it to work on time, you're hungry, and you didn't have time to catch up on your emails before getting into your day.
We've all been there. When we wake up "just in time", productivity is generally shot for the day.
For the past month, I have been challenging myself to get up before 5 AM, on a consistent basis. I live about 50 minutes outside of Boston, and one of my favorite Yoga studios that actually offers a morning class is in Cambridge. In order for me to make that 6 AM class, I have to leave my house around 5 AM.
I've been coming to this magical place for almost 3 years. The Cape Anne area is probably the most beautiful spot on the New England coast. Few places offer such sweeping views of the water, marshes, islands covered with trees and hills, historical New England cottages, antique shops, and a plethora of local seafood options.
Sebago Lake in Maine is a special place. I've made a habit of visiting almost every year. The lush forests surrounding the lake, the wide open water, bald eagles, world-class lake kayaking, fishing, and pristine sandy beaches are all the things that make it worthwhile coming back to year after year.
There is a myriad ways to make a side table for the living room. So many different shapes, sizes and materials available. I've wanted to make something that would be modern, simple, functional, and durable.
After a series of sketches and renderings, I've settled on a design that is inspired by contrasts found in nature. A design that is beautiful by simplicity.
The New England seacoast is a magical place. Small fishing towns, beaches, miles of marshland, islands and inlets. The seacoast is a source of income for many local fishermen, business owners hoping to cater to the bustling summer beach industry, as well as a source of inspiration and creativity. Many antique shops and galleries are scattered throughout towns like Essex, Portsmouth, and York.
Recently I was working on building a DoJo-based widget (DoJo 1.X uses VanillaJS in the background) and I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why a globally-defined array is getting updated across different instances of that widget.
Distracted in awe of Whistler's beautiful scenery, I suddenly realized that I only had one pole as I was about to get off Crystal Chair. Most of the lift line goes over rugged, wooded terrain, so my chances of finding the ski pole I somehow dropped were slim. Nevertheless, I spent about an hour trying to locate my pole, but eventually just ended up buying new poles.
That's how I ended up with a single pole, with no use to it.
Rather than throwing it out, I decided to upcycle it and make a wind chime.