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  • Feb. 05, 2018

    DailyUI Recap

    Prompts Collection Week 2

    And here comes the second wave of my DailyUI challenge.
    Let's gather the creations I shared on twitter last week.

    my dailyUI number 6 006 :: Contact information within a user profile page
    my dailyUI number 7 007 :: Settings for a social app
    my dailyUI number 8 008 :: Customized error page
    my dailyUI number 9 009 :: Music player idea for smartphone
    my dailyUI number 10 010 :: Clean interface for sharing music

    Any thoughts? Leaving your feedback is really appreciated.

    This challenge is going very well.
    Let's get ready for the next week.

  • Jan. 29, 2018

    DailyUI Recap

    Prompts Collection Week 1

    As promised, I completed my my first week of DailyUI challenge and here is a collection of the creations I shared on twitter.

    my dailyUI number 1 001 :: Sign Up for a learning community website
    my dailyUI number 2 002 :: E-commerce ordering process
    my dailyUI number 3 003 :: Landing Page promoting sustainable development
    my dailyUI number 4 version 1 my dailyUI number 4 version 2 004 :: Calculator
    my dailyUI number 5 005 :: App Icon for a pizza delivery service

    Any thoughts? Leaving your feedback is really appreciated.

    I am ready for the second week, this is very motivating.
    Thank you for your support.

    More creations coming 🔜

  • Jan. 22, 2018

    #DailyUI 001

    Prompt: Sign Up

    I made my first DailyUI prompt today. 😄 I'm so happy to share it, any feedback is very welcome. Don't hesitate to leave a comment or ask anything about design, I'll be pleased to share my thoughts on twitter. my dailyUI number 1 Output of my DailyUI 001

  • Jan. 12, 2018

    Welcome 2018

    Become a better designer

    Small update to announce that I officially scheduled my #dailyUI challenge.
    First prompt will be coming Monday the 22th. I'll be sharing the solutions I made once a week every next Monday with a summation including the prompts of the week.

    I'm quite impatient to get your feedback.

  • Dec. 29, 2017

    DailyUI announcement

    a 100 days designer challenge

    At the beginning of the new year I will be starting the famous #dailyUI challenge. A really good way to improve our skills in visual design but also a manner to maintain good habits.

    Who wants to take up the challenge?

  • Dec. 14, 2017

    Website update

    A brand new layout for 2018

    I'm really happy to show you the new website that is mine.

    It's been a while that I wanted to update my personal website in order to have a decent one that represents me. I also added a new section (journal) where I can tell you all about me and more.

    Now I can present my (side) projects, highlight recent work and even write some thoughts that I want to share. Not only words but also pictures, here is a beautiful landscape that I found on the internet last month. landscape Woooaw !

    Thanks everyone for supporting and reading me.
    Stay tuned for fresh news coming 2018 🙌

  • Nov. 10, 2016

    The World Usability Day

    Event hosted by UXprobe in Anywerp

    I had the great opportunity not only to assist but also help preparing and hosting this international event in Antwerp (Belgium). If you are not aware of it, here is what you have to know in order to continue your reading throught my review in the next chapter.

    World Usability Day is single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups for our common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. It is about celebration and education – celebrating the strides we have made in creating usable products and educating the masses about how usability impacts our daily lives. It is about making our world work better. It is about reaching out to the common citizen and spreading the message: We don’t have to put up with products and services that don’t work well and that human error is a misnomer

    This event is the occasion to meet other people working in the usability area and celebrate the power of UX together. The theme for this year is “Sustainable User Experience” or “Green UX”. Sustainability and UX design are innately intertwined since they are both about creating the best experience for people. Green processes and sustainable products take into account goals such as recycle, reuse and incremental improvement. It’s about taking existing products and services and developing ways to refine and redesign them to be more effective, efficient and reusable in ways that enhance a person’s life.

    Here is the program: a full day of hands-on workshops and short talks that will allow people to sharpen their knowledge of User Experience and learn more on how sustainable the discipline can be. A panel of discussion animated by UX experts will end the day.

    As a web designer we focused our activities on digital products (there were also activities for tangible products). So in the morning we participated to 3 workshops centered on usability and design process.

    • #1 Lean and Agile User Testing
    • #2 Atomic design as a communication tool
    • #3 Internet of Things Ideation

    people experiencing workshops about Usability people during 3rd workshop

    The afternoon was dedicated to presententions from differents people specialized in usability and/or design.

    “People before Pixels”

    Natalia Arsand shared with us her thoughts on design and especially user-centered design. We should first solve user problems before even thinking about how it looks. She also spoke about the evolution of design and how we should endlessly adapt in order to better understand the user's needs.

    people experiencing workshops about Usability Designing for the behavior of a sustainable future

    We finished the day over a drink, having discussions about our daytime and sharing some thoughts with other participants until the event ends.
    Have a look at the aftermovie made by UXprobe.

    You can see all the information about the event on the official WUD website.

    World Usability Day 2016 was a huge success, thanks to anyone for participating. Thanks again to UXprobe for allowing me to be part of this great event.

  • Mar. 27, 2016

    Relative units  — the great debate

    EM vs RM

    Nowadays, one of the best practices to typography on the web is to use relative units like EM and REM.

    So the main question remains, which one should be used? We are going to bring answers and define how to use them to build modular components.

    What do we learn? The fact is that the font-size is the same because the parent context is equal to the root context. But the most noticeable difference is the impact on the margin property.

    The font-size is relative to its parent context while the other properties of the same element are relative to its own context (to the actual defined font-size itself).

    It means that the margin will be changed while the font-size is modified. It offers a kind of “responsive” aspect. On the other hand, the REM margin will always be calculated with the font-size of the HTML element.

    In conclusion, we can say that most of time, the EM unit should be preferred for easier responsive design. The REM unit can be interesting while working with a 10px default font-size (HTML defined at 62.5%), it makes calculation time shorter but it should not be used in every case.

    Thank you for reading, this is my summary and personal opinion about an article written by Zell Liew.

  • Mar. 20, 2016

    Animation in browser over the years

    CSS animation vs JavaScript based-animation

    How did the animation process improve in the past few years? Lets have a look at the enhancement of those different methods we use to employ.

    At the beginning, most developers used to animate things with jQuery but it only allowed them to do simple stuff. While projects begin to be more important in terms of interactivity, high performance became increasingly essential. Flash and HTML5 were not enough so they needed better tools and jQuery was not designed for that, it does not bring what we’re actually looking for.

    Finally, CSS animations are still great for simple transitions between different states (like rollovers). On the other hand, JavaScript-based animation is commonly used to deliver far more flexibility, better workflow for complex animations and richer interactivity.

    While JavaScript and jQuery may be quite slow sometimes, one of the best alternative is GSAP which offers the faster and smoother animations in browser.

    Thank you for reading, this is my summary of a CSS-TRicks article.

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