Prototyping is an important part of the UX toolkit. It helps in designing the ‘feel’ part of a product’s ‘look and feel’. After trying a bunch of the new prototyping tools, I decided to go deep on Framer Studio. I love how it can be used for small vignettes or full flows and how it streamlines sharing and provides full control of the micro-interactions since it’s a code-first tool. Framer was integral in prototyping the Hightail Spaces mobile and web apps.
I’m a fan of finding things people already do and then designing that thing out with intention – paving the cow paths or the adaptive path idea. Case in point are those self-portrait every day videos – but creating them, especially before camera phones, must have been a major pain. Luckily, someone paved that cow path and created the Everyday app, which I use multiple times a day to take portraits of my three boys. It’s only been a couple of months, but fast forward another couple of years and I’ll have an artifact that will be a digital treasure.
Zite is an app that makes me feel like I learned something. You plug in your topics of interest and it feeds you the freshest content on said topic. I know the Zite brain is plugged into Flipboard now, but I still prefer the original. I’m old fashioned.
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