December 13, 2019No Comments

8 useful plug-ins for managing your Sketch Library

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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

Productivity Log: user types & timers

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

A productivity log 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

Productivity Log v0.2 – alternate prototype

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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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September 3, 2019No Comments

Teaser: a modern, atomic wireframe kit

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I’m working on an atomic wireframe kit. So far, it only covers basic parts for macOS, but when it’s done it should work for cross-platform applications.

I tried out several existing wireframe kits but none of them matched my requirements. Most of the kits are outdated because they were created before Sketch offered color and type styles. I figure this was a good opportunity to flex some skills.

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August 23, 2019No Comments

Productivity Log v0.1: a prototype

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I’ve been thinking about starting a new project and/or company for the past year. I had an idea gestating for a while and when I learned Startup School was starting, I decided to join up and take the leap.

My app combines productivity tracking and management for non-managers. It’s designed to be intuitive and automated, offloading much of the cognitive overhead of self-management:

  • todo lists that break projects into actionable items
  • keeping track of what I’m doing throughout the day
  • setting task for the next day / week
  • assigning tasks to Pomodoro sessions
  • documenting daily, weekly, monthly progress
  • planning and tracking OKRs and integrating them into action items

I started by building a prototype (shown above). It’s a Pomodoro timer for macOS that asked “what did I do?” at the end of each pomo session. By the end of the day, I had a long list that I could copy & paste into my work journal.

I used the prototype for a couple of days and found it to be very rewarding, so that’s good news. I've also discovered a big UX flaw (can't add manual entries) and started on a redesign. There are other core features I'll need like user settings, metrics, and a journal of some kind to keep track of many days of entries. I also want it to start automatically and have smarter work sessions lengths.

More to come... Should be fun!