Nowadays, people can run the world via their mobile phones. We can communicate with friends, perform task management, financial operations, order or buy things, and so on. Nearly every aspect of our lives is becoming easier and more convenient. From this perspective, the unstoppable growth of the digital banking system inspires me the most. People are ready to give financial institutions or branchless banks their money without visiting the official branch.
It is no surprise that fitness and sport are so popular. Physical activity is natural for people. People are looking for two things to feed their soul. These things are inspiration and connection. In a technological society, sport meets many personal intentions. For example, to look physically attractive, stay healthy, and fit, establish your mind and body connection. Fitness is not only about health, and well-being, but it is also a pleasure of movement, controlling and strengthening your body.
Have you ever googled “Uber invite codes”? There will be thousands of results with suggestions on how to use this invite codes, how to receive extra bonuses, how to ride for free forever. There are even YouTube how-to videos about it. These invite codes help Uber to become popular. People are searching for these codes on forums, asking friends, trying to brute-force it. In other words, people are promoting the Uber brand.
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.
We all live in a digitized world. We use dozens of different applications daily. Messaging apps, sport tracking apps, apps to manage daily tasks, audio and/or video providers, banking apps, and others. When downloading an application from the App Store or Google Play, to start using the app, we usually need to register. During the registration process (signing up), we enter our identification data so the system can verify our personality.
The moment an idea sneaks in the startuppers’ head, it occupies every free space it can. One doesn’t want to evaluate it. One just wants to deliver it on. The entrepreneurs who are led by such a vision are great. They can find thousands of ways to release it. Sometimes it seems like they are out of this world. They don’t see any blockers, only a target. You might have experienced such inspiration yourself while working with startuppers.
Time is fleeting. It seems like yesterday to make a transaction or receive the money we had to go to the banks, stand in queues, experience technical issues which caused a delay in the whole process. And we can not omit the human factor -the incorrectly filled bank form. Missing data. Problems with requests processing due to the large volumes of data. Or incorrect structuring of huge data arrays. All these things cause the impossibility of conducting immediate operations and irritate people deeply.
Despite widespread misconceptions, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is not only about communication and manipulations. And definitely not about the picks-up and sexual seduction. Never mind the Internet which is full of such articles and interpretations of NLP. NLP as a system was born in the 1970s. Richard Bandler and John Grinder wanted to know how people can become professionals in an unknown area in a short period. They start to work with world-famous experts such as Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, and Fritz Perls.
Machine learning is one of the top topics popular online. There appear more and more articles, discussions and examples of implementation of ML in solutions addressing real tasks in the media. Among implementation options, the highlight is on the feasibility of using machine learning models in mobile development. Being a Junior mobile developer, I wanted to become involved and figure out how neural nets are built and how they work.
Outsourcing is a rather popular approach for the software industry. Companies start to use it because they want to solve some internal issues. They want to reduce the cost, increase the speed of producing, and use intellectual property. Every outsourcing company has its own approach to project management. Most of them have project managers or scrum masters on the board. These positions are responsible for the process of development. Is project management enough for the successful business model of software development company?
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.
“Startup” has become a usual word for us. Everybody knows what it means, but this word had no official definition for a long period of time. Commonly when we talk about a startup, we often think about a young company with innovative ideas and the will to scale. At most of the cases, such companies have a few investors ready to help them to grow up. Angel investors always chase the future “unicorn” — a company with a valuation of more than $1 billion.
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).
Each company wants to obtain loyal customers and real evangelists of the product. In order to create these tight bound relationships, they make a lot of efforts on marketing, advertising and sale process in general. The emergence of the mobile devices had changed the rules of the game. Now the Company can have personal direct approach to the customer. The era of Loyalty program applications has begun. During a few recent years, it has been a ‘must have’ thing for key players of the markets.