How to expand your design explorations? How not to explore just “safe” design options?
Daily UI Design Challenge #26: Subscribe.
Imagine:Jamie works busy city life. She hardly has time to cook dinner these days. Going out every night costs a lot, she discovered that, sadly, as she jots down numbers for recent months’ spendings on food. $15, $20, $17… it doesn’t seem much per meal, but it’s a lot when all adds up.
She starts researching cheaper and convenient meal solutions. Instant ramen noodles? $2 per bag, but no, too unhealthy. Meal ingredient delivery services? No, too much work. Cooked dinner delivery service? Hmm. How much is it? $9.99. Recipes look good and healthy. A 30% off deal for first week’s subscription. Not bad.
Jamie wants to give it a shot. She inputs her credit card, reviews dinner choices and ready to subscribe to the service.
Daily UI Design Challenge #24: Boarding Pass.
Imagine: Jamie Smith and Winnie Lam are about to travel for business from Los Angeles, California to Maui, Hawaii. They booked their flights with Swift Flights, which is famous for its swift services. They arrived at the airport, printed out their Swift boarding passes from the kiosk. There’s about 30 minutes after they got through the checkpoint, so they went to a cafe and worked a bit.
Jamie took the picture as they put their boarding passes on the table.
A fun little design side project on this simple game to get me started in animation. My husband Yanbin and I will collaborate to make it real.
Hmm, yet another book on becoming more creative?
I did some interesting practice on making denotative images and connotative images. A denotative image is a direct representation of an object from real life, whether it be cartoonized or realistic, made by pen or something else. A connotative image added an extra layer of “meaning” to the denotative image.
To start, I needed to choose an object. I chose a sock. My mission was to quickly do 10 denotative images (using different ways) and 3 connotative images on paper. A lot, huh? I thought so, too. After all, how can socks be sketched differently into that many images? But I decided to give it a try.
The creative juices come from life. To be mindful of all the surroundings and engage with the world in a more proactive way one pumps us with ideas.
“Becoming Steve Jobs” is a great book. As the authors Rick Tetzeli and Brent Schlender say, this is a growth story about Steve Jobs — how he grew from a two-person team to managing a company that has thousands of employees. There are a lot of books and articles depicting him as a complete genius and at the same time, a complete jerk. From this book, I saw his soft side, his care about his employees, friends, as well as his and others’ families.
When it comes to trying to solve problems with creativity, it’s very important to keep the right mindset — how you think will have direct impacts on whether you will arrive at innovative and impactful solutions.
It’s great that they can continue to live somewhere in this world.