Express Your Designer Self through Writing

Recently, I gave a presentation to a group of 100 designers on how to get started in writing and keep it up.

In this presentation, I shared my stories – why I started writing, some tips on what to write, how to write it, where to publish, as well as how writing can help with them to become better communicators at work.

My audience was Chinese designers in North America, so I delivered the presentation in Chinese. The slides were in English though. Check out the recording.

Event Notes: Design with AI

In the event Design User Experience Driven by AI, Paul Lambert (Product Manager) and Annika Crowley (Interaction Designer) from Google gave us great talks on how Gmail designed the Smart Compose feature, and five strategies to create great user experience with AI (see sketchnotes).

What would be the 10-star experience & beyond?

Trained academically as a computer science student, I was used to/still sometimes evaluate feasibility too early. When a solution appears, my mind starts asking “is this feasible” very quickly. That’s the downside of having an engineering mindset: you may run “feasibility evaluations” for your design solutions your head too early, rather than putting all the solution options onto the table, and waiting for your engineering partners’ expertise. This resulted in eliminating certain solutions prematurely. When you care about “what is feasible” too much too early, you stop going an extra mile to add a level of star experience for your users.

“Perceived Performance” – Eli Fitch

Waiting in a line at DMV. Enjoying an exciting concert. Working on a project with a tight deadline. People perceive time differently in various situations. How would a bit front-end engineering effort make a difference in people’s perception on applications?

I have some learnings from Eli Fitch’s excellent presentation “Perceived Performance”. The quality of presentation is as amazing as the content.