In July I traveled to Costa Rica to attend a friend’s wedding. During the trip I was able to visit a coffee plantation. Ever since then I have thought about the visit whenever I fill my coffee cup at RPA. I wrote a short blog post about my experience on RPA’s culture blog.
It’s always encouraging to hear a designer talk about what inspires them. Regardless of the field, design attracts people who are dedicated to making everything that they touch better.
Design ideas do seem to come directly from the experience of working with your hands, even if it just means sketching before heading to the computer.
A few weeks ago I was designing a web application that included a form. When it came time to design and spec the submit button and I realized that including an inactive (or disabled) state for submit button was not only unnecessary, but it would detract from the usability of the application. Please check out the blog post I wrote about inactive states on UXBooth.
Last weekend I had the pleasure to work with three brilliant Harvey Mudd students, Ozzie Gooen, Rahul Swaminathan and Paul Hobbs building this mobile web app Instapol for Mobile Hack Days. Instapol is a mobile web application that allows presenters to gain instant feedback from their audience. Instapol creates real-time graphs of audience responses to questions.