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Giving more for less

November 21, 2017

Mobihealth posted an interesting article that highlights one of the most significant challenges in bringing connected wellness devices to the masses. Most apps and devices still ask too much of the user, or lack truly meaningful outputs, to become a permanent part of daily life. 

“There’s a tendency when you’re making gadgets and connected devices and technology to forget the frictionless part, and to ask the consumer to do more, but not give them a whole lot in addition to what they can get from other devices without you,” he said. “You have to give more without asking them to do more, or when actually asking them to do less.” 
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Mood Boards

May 8, 2017

Generating mood boards for visual design concepts is an essential part of the design process. A well-crafted mood board helps to set the expectation for the look and feel of what's to come for a given concept. They provide contextual examples which can be helpful when sharing early concepts with your greater organization.

Pinterest has long been the defacto collaborative mood board tool; however, Moodboard is another great option for creating simple and private mood boards.

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Designing Nudges

April 20, 2017

The goal of many medical apps is to help patients help themselves, and it’s our goal as product designers to make that process as easy and engaging as possible.

As I learned from a recent talk, we can enhance the potential for success by leveraging behavioral economics.

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Design Like a Developer

January 24, 2017

Designing an app that looks good is always within one's reach, but getting another human to see your design through to a finished product is where the real challenge is.

Design like a developer is a great article with advice for how designers can improve their deliverables for developers. The section about thinking in terms of "Views" was particularly interesting to me. This method provides a logical organizational structure and specifications for a developer to follow. 

I'm very interested in finding ways to bridge the gap between design and development. I see tools like WebflowZeplin, and Sketch plugins like Power Tools as big steps forward in creating consistency between design concept and the finished product.

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