I have thousands of applications on my devices. I’m an active user of iPhone and Samsung at the same time. If smartphone addiction comes to your mind, you did not guess it right. I am a product owner. Every time I start working with a new market or on a new product, I install the applications of the key market players. This research helps me to understand what experience, functionality, and design are usual for the target audience.
It is not another design article. It is just a confession about my pain. My personal belief is that everything in the design must be logical. No matter if you create the UI for the application or you are designing a chair. Designers need to understand that good design is not the one which hits the eye with colors, textures, or sizes. The best design is one that makes users’ life easier.
What is the difference between a designer and an artist? What is the primary goal of design? How can you recognize outstanding design? My mind is getting around the answers to these questions. I am passionate about the design in all its appearances. Everything like the graphic, industrial, interior, and product design excite the imagination. Art and design are close terms. They are so close that people tend to mix them up.
My very first budgeting tool was MS Excel. It was a really convenient solution 12 years ago. I created my budget items and planned my expenses per month. Every evening I put some numbers in this document. These actions helped me to understand my expending performance. Using this information, I could improve it and save money for my big goals. Basically, with that spreadsheet, I started to understand my financial behavior and work with it.
Many applications use charts to simplify perception of numeric information for a user. It is a straightforward and user-friendly solution. Nowadays we can not imagine any monitoring, health or trade application without this graphic element. Designers adore charts too. There is so much space for creativity and self-expression when using these visual elements. So many different kinds of animation can be implemented. Charts are used in every second app (mobile and web).
Do you check the effectiveness of your design processes? We do. Basically, our projects and team tendency for self-improvement made us review the tool-set and methodologies we are using. Our Dashdevs company has 8 UI/UX designers who are mostly working solely on the projects (we are not taking design cross review into account). This spring-summer period was very intensive for us — we started working on an interesting challenger bank project.