Pixelmator 2.2

by Lawrence Mei

Pixelmator 2.2

Apparently, the Adobe industry is moving from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud. What does this mean? NO MORE PIRATING! On a business side of things, why wouldn't they do this? You can't pirate a cloud based app, which means the only way to get Photoshop or Illustrator or any Adobe app, is to buy it. For us cheap, broke fans of Adobe though, this might be a time to move on to a different application. One of the better tools out there that can actual handle vector images (something that separates Photoshop from the "other guys") is Pixelmator. Although it won't have all the functionalities of Photoshop, this is a great substitute and what could turn out to be an extremely effective UI design tool. 

Progress Bar Illusion

by Lawrence Mei

This is really funny to me, but at the same time ingenious. This is the reason why I was majoring in psychology at one time in my college career. The mind is so easily fooled and it's our job as designers to use this to our advantage and help the people. Like Steve Krug said, "Don't make me think." If we can reduce the stress of users and help them think that they are doing less work than they are, we have succeeded. 

Effectively Planning UX Design Projects

by Lawrence Mei

This is a great read for anyone interested in going into UX or even people working in UX right now. Even for a student like myself, it's important to get my self well-acquainted with all the UX tools, knowing time constraints, and familiarizing myself with budget outlines. Case studies are things I always like to use to study UX and the one in the article provides a nice representation of what a planned out UX plan looks like. 

Magic Scroll: Scroll the Web

by Lawrence Mei

Confusing and a little bit intimidating at first, but as you scroll along, this is definitely a tool everyone can get used to. I was wondering why this tool was so effective in helping me read the pages when I realized that it has the same properties as reading a physical book, being able to view two pages simultaneously. Excellent design and execution in my opinion.  

The Rise of the UX Expert

by Lawrence Mei

As a student of UX, this is an extremely comforting article. I know that UX design is a fairly new field, but I'm a firm believer that every product and every service needs to dedicate a majority of themselves to user experience design. It doesn't matter what you do or how great you think you can do it; if your users don't get it, it will all be for nothing. As Susan Dray once said,

"If the users can't use it, it doesn't work. "