User Experience with a Singaporean twist

For the past month we have learned a bunch of new tricks in the realm of user experience and user interfaces. Why? Because we’ve had the pleasure to work and get to know our newest adventurer.

Meet Sherizan

by Sherizan, UI/UX Httpster, the newest flavour at booncon PIXELS

Hey guys! Thanks for having me. I’m super excited to be here and be part of the growing booncon PIXELS family as a User Interface Developer. It is truly an honor. It’s only been a month but I’m already having such a wonderful experience with the new projects together with my crazy-talented colleagues.

Before my adventure with booncon PIXELS began, I was actually living in Singapore (which is where I am from) and worked with quite a handful of tech companies and startups. With the knowledge and experience I have under my belt, I am sure to bring them to good use at booncon PIXELS and rock out some cool stuff in the future with the team.

Apart from my undeniable passion for tech, music is something I can’t live without. I picked up a mahogany Ibanez ukulele a couple of years ago and have fallen in love with it. Recently, me and my missus started collecting very old vinyls from flea markets and that has turned into a new hobby! There’s just something about the sound of the vinyl that makes it so appealing.

That same appeal was what I felt when I stumbled upon booncon PIXELS. Their design philosophy and work culture is something I am familiar with, which brings out the best in people creatively. To allocate 25% of your working hours to learn a new skill is ingenius.

I am already impressed and fortunate to work with my new colleagues. Being part of a young & vibrant team, sharing our experiences and collaborating on interesting ideas just makes you want to do it over and over again, everyday. It’s incredible.

In a way, I did expect this role to be challenging as I was given a pretty complex task from Tom during my interview process but I prevailed! YAY!

To wrap it up, I leave you with a quote that has struck a chord in me…

“Pleasure in the job, puts perfection in the work” – Aristotle

Putting the X back in UX Design

Before I start writing about how User Experience is involved in our projects, I’ll briefly explain the fine lines between UI and UX which can get confusing for some.

  • UX is everything BUT visual design
  • I would say UI Designer = Front-end Developer
  • UI heavily involves HTML and CSS for early stage development
  • Without proper UX done, UI will most likely fail (true story)

(by Jennifer Aldrich, UXRocks)

At booncon PIXELS, we go through a typical set of (tweaked) UX framework from the get-go to suit our needs.

To have a successful project, we need to know what we are aiming for. It’s so much easier to have an action plan which we can continually refer to as we go along and having checkpoints to keep ourselves on track.

In a nutshell, here is the process that we use:

  1. Analyze – client/user goals, target users & user stories
  2. Design – finding solutions by wireframing and mockups
  3. Build – mocking up prototypes and best solutions
  4. Test – this is when the rubber hits the road
  5. < If > fail – repeat Step 2 < else > move to production
    This framework is a pretty fun way of working and involves all team members to ensure that we are aligned with our client’s vision.

In a fast paced, agile environment like ours, practising and applying a simple process like this saves our clients plenty of time which can be allocated for other resources.

If you wish to get started and learn more about how booncon PIXELS can help you kick off your project, take a look at our Kickoff Workshop.

That’s all for me today and thanks for stopping by!

Signing off,
Sherizan

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