January 13, 2021No Comments

Time Journal wireframes: round two

I recently completed my second round of wireframes for my Time Journal app.

In the first round, the goal was to take the layout of my Mac prototype and translate it to the iPhone and iPad. This time, I had to expand my scope and resolve everything I could figure out with wireframes so I could move on to high-fidelity designs.

The biggest difference this time was how to organize entries. This organization would determine my layout components and data models. I also had to be able to explain how my new timers work, along with other user settings I needed for an MVP. Finally, I needed to layout mundane stuff like signing up, editing entries, and error states.

Let’s take a look.

 

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January 13, 2021No Comments

Time Journal wireframe prototypes

I’ve been having a lot of fun building interactive prototypes to resolve workflows in my Time Journal. Two of my prototypes are guided walkthroughs of the Timer and Journal sections. The third is a heavily-wired simulation of cycling through a set of work sessions and breaks using a working (but truncated) Pomodoro timer.

 

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October 22, 2020No Comments

OK Roar: time journal wireframes for iOS, iPad, & macOS

My time journal app is coming along, albeit slowly. There have been some significant changes behind the scenes which have required some ramp up before I could move forward.

This post is mostly a progress report to talk about changes I made a while ago to the Mac app prototype and to show some initial wireframes for iOS, iPad, and macOS. I also have a Figma prototype I put together to show how the timer screen would work on iPhones.

Let's dig in!

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December 13, 2019No Comments

8 useful plug-ins for managing your Sketch Library

Managing a Sketch Library doesn't have to be hard. With the right tools, it can be easy to create, organize, and change your library without breaking your production flow.   This is a list of plug-ins I frequently use to manage a complex design library. Each of them solves a unique problem, but many are not limited to my specific action, so try them out and find what works best for you. Most of these are free and compatible up to Sketch 61.

 

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September 15, 2019No Comments

Time Journal: user types & timers

An early step in UX design methodology is creating user types or personas for your product. For this exercise, I wanted to explore how OK Roar might serve different user types, specifically the timers.

OK Roar solves a personal problem I have: keeping track of the work I do each day. As a user, I didn’t feel I needed to conduct UX research to develop personas. Instead, I jump-started with user types based on the roles I’ve had in the past.

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September 7, 2019No Comments

Time Journal v0.2 – alternate prototype

In my last post, I mentioned I had started working on a redesign for my time journal app. My strategy was two-fold: separate the journal into its own window and simplify the entry pane.

I used this opportunity to try out some conventional UX methods, including creating high-fidelity wireframes for the entry window, journal, and preferences. I also spent some time thinking about different User Types and their requirements.

Once the design was complete, I rebuilt the app, started dog-food testing it, and the result was surprising.

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