Fostering Innovation for Better Design

I was so excited to be invited by Zhi Min from Institute of Systems Science NUS to share about Viki, product development process, best practices, and our work-in-progress ED (Emotional Design) Score. We need more of this collaboration to foster innovation for a better design. Good job to Teo Choong Ching and Esther Fan for sharing the best practices in user research and prototyping.

Unique Place for UX Workshop

I went to Jogjakarta – Indonesia last week to conduct a UX Design Workshop. What I like most about it was the place. It’s designed to be like a traditional hall, and I liked it a lot! The people were also awesome. Some of them are connected with me through LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter, and we met in-person for the first time. So excited! The part where people were queueing to take some pictures with me was also awesome 🙂

I think I had enough trips this year. Need some good rest until end of the year. Nevertheless, the pass 2-3 months have been awesome, and I can’t wait for what’s coming in 2016.

Quantity. Quantity. Quantity.

We have a regular design meetup, called DesignDojo. This month was about Sketchstorming. We’ve been using this method a lot, as part of our ideation stage in Viki, and I was so excited to see how people used the method and shared their ideas. Sketchstorming is about releasing your confidence in communicating your ideas and to overcome the fear of rejection. It’s about quantity. Coming up with as many ideas (sketches in this case) and discuss them with others, be inspired by others, and hopefully it can trigger a better design/idea/approach.

Feel free to join our DesignDojo Meetup. See you there.

The Sweet (or Sweat) Spot of Good UX

The sweet (or sweat) spot of good UX, is about users desirability, business viability, and technology feasibility. It’s even more challenging when we’re working on improving our Viki Homepage. I felt good about the launch (although we didn’t touch the visual design yet), because everyone was involved in the process, from our top executives (I flew to SF to meet all of them) to our engineers. It’s a win-win piece. It gave a great energy boost to start the 2016. To infinity and beyond!

Sharing at Google Hack Fair 2015

Emotional Design has become one of my favorite topics now. The Google Hack Fair event was awesome, there were a lot of great apps built by young people, and people were asking a lot of questions. Like a lot. The 3-hour workshop (Emotional Design + Usability Testing) that I conducted was too short, but it felt great to share and inspire others to deliver a better design for people. Flying back to Singapore tomorrow morning. Need a good sleep.