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Month: February 2015

The UX of Google Inbox

Google is trying out a new interface for GMail called Inbox.  I asked for an invite and received one that day. Clearly the design has been lifted from Google+.  It’s all circles and material design. At first, I didn’t like it because it was too full.  Then I discovered a new way to “Archive”. They have these checks which allow you to “Mark as Done”.  As many people have, in GMail, I let my inbox get huge.  I never archived anything.  Literally, the effort of archiving just didn’t seem worth it. (Yes, I am that lazy) However, I got the…

The UX of the Carwash

We had a UX team exercise today, where we tried to redesign the car wash experience. It started with a picture of a completely dysfunctional UI. Funny, isnt it? Then the team all designed alternatives.  My mind wandered to my feelings about the car wash experience in general. As a kid, I remember going with my mom or dad.  It was like a strange trip into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.  All of these noises and tentacles slapping the windows. I remembered this scene called the Wonka Wash. I didn’t want to make the car wash user interface streamlined. I didn’t…

The Story of School

My kids (and many others) often complained about homework and education. “Why do I need to know this?” They were avoiding homework.  As a kid, I didn’t do any homework.  I had a 2.2 grade point average in high school.  I went to community college and then University of Hell, I mean Buffalo. On my resume, it does not have a great school. When they asked about this, I told them the Story of School. Warning: Please don’t troll me on this. Raise your own kids. Don’t correct my history or tell me I am a bad parent. I am…

Icons Designed for Design Teams

Last year, I tried to switch to a newer icon collection.  We researched hundreds of different collections and chose one by Axialis.  We thought our requirements were this: Looks nice and modern Lots of variety in shapes Big sizes (up to 256) We then went about converting the icons in the system to Axialis.  Unfortunately, everything went wrong.  Here are some of the negatives we experienced: Small Size: 256px is just not big enough.  For anything in print, you need 512px minimum. No Vector Type: Modern devices are getting smaller, but their resolution is skyrocketing.  The Chromebook I recently purchased…

The UX of Monarch Sofas

We have had the same couch for almost 20 years.  It looks pretty ratty at this point and needs to be replaced.  We have been searching around at different places and stumbled upon Monarch Sofas.  Really interesting and counter-intuitive UX. The website looks cheap.  Made us think it was a discount place, when in reality it is a premium, hand crafted furniture company.  We went to the showroom to see what was up.  As opposed to Scandinavian Designs, whose website looked premium and showroom was a palace of elegance, the Monarch showroom was a plain concrete box.  No art on…

Superbowl L

This year was Superbowl XLIX or “49” to us normal people.  Next year, is 50, therefore Superbowl L.  Doesn’t quite have a ring to it, but 50 is a milestone. The institution has held up over the years and not turned into a joke that is painful to watch. You know who I am talking about Academy Awards! Superbowl L may be my year.  It’s L for Lipka, right?  L for Lucky.  Or Maybe L for losers. I mean, of course, the New York Jets.  They have a new coach and new GM. Lots of salary cap space. They have…