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Thoughts on: What should be my design title?

Thoughts on: What should be my design title?

What should be my design title? This is a different approach from our usual inspirational features, hope you will follow along. This question was brought up by a good buddy of mine on what should be his design title? It wasn’t a question of “Fake it till you make it” but mostly what are the industry standards nowadays in terms of what is my title and what are my roles? For this article, let’s go deeper for the case of what are the differences between a UI/UX Designer, an Interaction Designer, and a Product Designer. Shall we? I took this comparison's case because it has been brought up many times during the course of my career and the last few years with the popularity rising of the UX. Whatever if you are a beginner, professional and even if you’re a freelancer. Let’s be honestly, most of us who comes from a background of graphic design and we aren’t being called graphic designers anymore. I know some people who still hasn’t done this switch in their careers and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. As long as you love what you do, nothing else matters. One thing to remember though is there is no ultimate goal in our field, everything depends on what do you wanna do with your career. Image by Ruthson Zimmerman What is UI and UX? Here we go! In the simplest explanation, UI is about what you see and UX is all about what you feel as a user and user experience. This role means that you’re juggling between both what’s visual and the overall experience. It’s one big giant role to be in and some companies do in fact mixed it all up (between UI and UX) which is not always right. From creating your visual path for each screen, page or elements and by the same time following what has been done on the UX side of things. On top of that, you’ll be working at creating style guides and ensuring a design language across the board. Image by Andrew Welch What is an interaction? In my opinion, during the course of a project; this is usually worked near the end from the design process. It’s basically animating all the static design into a fluid transition across the product. Sometimes it can be done for a certain element in particular but overall it’s always been figured it out as we go along. For example, what happens the interface does after a user clicks on this button. How the content appears? What transition effects to use? Motion becomes the main part of the interface by providing visual guesses as to how to use the product. Image by Carl Heyerdahl> Product Design We often say that UI/UX designers do become Product Designers and why is that? In my opinion, it’s an all-inclusive term of being a designer who is involved in every step of the process including what you see and feels but also conducting user research, design UI interfaces and create UI assets. Their understanding of the user and the product itself goes beyond since they have the capabilities to select the problem and address it with either prototyping and even front-end coding. Their role involves also testing in generating solutions to problems. This is the role that we keep hearing about since companies tend to hire designers that understand the user experience, research and visual elements. Voilà! This is what these roles meant to our industry, hope these were helpful during the course of your research or growth perspective. One thing to remember though is there is no ultimate goal in our field, everything depends on what do you wanna do with your career. If your goal is to be that catch-all designer, then you have to step it out so you can understand every single compartment of a product or keep crafting your skills in your desired role. We are lucky to be in our growing community that is not shy to share knowledge or even skills. Hope you have enjoyed this read. More Links Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow my pictures on Instagram

Gather by Ugmonk: Minimal & Modular, your Next Desk Organizer

Gather by Ugmonk: Minimal & Modular, your Next Desk Organizer

Your desk, is it organized or just a cluttered mess? Most desk organizers on the market always on either ugly, badly designed or/and cheap-made. Well, our good friend Jeff Sheldon over Ugmonk is introducing Gather. A minimal, modular organizer that cuts clutter and it's amazing. We've been fans of Ugmonk for a long time, we always admire his avant garde entrepreneurship and his care of good design. This time, it's a beautiful and useful product design currently live on Kickstarter, we would like to congratulate Jeff on getting it funded in less than one hour. What a milestone of something that has been in the works for the last 3 years. Behind Gather, we have Ugmonk also known as Jeff Sheldon is the face behind the brand. A designer based in Downington, USA who has been creating products, moments and stories for the last 7 years. What is Gather? Your browser does not support the video tag. GIF Action   Why Gather? (In Jeff's Words) Clutter. You don't want to think about it, but it always creeps in over time, making it impossible to find things when you actually need them. As a designer, I spend most of the day working at my desk and reach for the same things over and over. I try to stay organized, but by the end of the day my desk is a complete, cluttered mess because there's no central place to put everything. I searched for a product to solve this problem, but all I found were ugly, cheaply-made organizers. What I wanted was a beautifully-designed, minimal organizer. Something to gather all of my essentials into one central place. So I designed Gather. Gather adapts to your workspace and workflow to make sure the tools you need are always within reach. Product Shots & Prototypes   For the past 3 years, I’ve worked through dozens of prototypes and sketches to dial in every detail. I went from chopping up rough foam models with a pocket knife all the way to working with industrial design engineers to produce 3D-models and technical drawings that are ready for mass manufacturing. More Links Support Gather on Kickstarter Follow Ugmonk on Twitter Follow Ugmonk's pictures/stories on Instagram

Mumu: A Set of Play Toys based on Taiwanese Cultural Lifestyle

Mumu: A Set of Play Toys based on Taiwanese Cultural Lifestyle

With the era of how technology has evolved, young kids have started to be pretty familiar with our smart devices and companies have started to build smaller and yet more interactive things. Well, Dualai Studio had another concept; setting aside our smart devices and introducing Mumu. Inspired by Taiwanese Cultural Lifestyle, it's a set of play toys to build their own little house structure with magnetic interchangeable parts by trigging their freedom and joy to simply play. Behind Mumu is the work from Dualai Studio. Dualai is a design studio based in Taipei, Taiwan, they have been focusing their work on multiple areas of design including: Industrial Design, Product Design, Interface Design and more. You should give them a follow via Behance. There is a tremendous variety of pretend play toys in Taiwan’s market, however, the customers are disappointed because of a lack of choice which demonstrates the Taiwanese lifestyle they are familiar with. The lifestyle in Taiwan has its own uniqueness, and it is worthy to be cherished. We aim to make mumu a hub which connects the collective memory of families through play.  

Industrial Design: Disney Camera Concept

Industrial Design: Disney Camera Concept

Let's take a look at this colourful industrial design by Soo Mok of a really kid-friendly design of a camera for kids by Disney. The idea/concept behind this design is quite fitted for kids as I quote:"The Dream Camera aims to make kids’ get-a-way in Disneyland more ideal." It's a really cute MOD design where I can see kids using and looks pretty solid, wouldn't be worried if it would fell on the floor. What strikes me the most is the different colour scheme that would represent some of your favourite characters! Which is your favourite? Published on Behance, we are following the work of Soo Mok who is an industrial designer based in Seoul, Korea. It's nice to see Soo getting out of his comfort zone from his latest designs, definitely worth checking out his work. According to the veteran photographer, David Hurn, photography is a perfect tool for overcoming shyness. In this sense, if some kids feel shy or even afraid of uncomfortable circumstances, e.g., confronting characters, a camera could be a highly useful icebreaking tool to overcome barriers in their mind by letting children taking pictures. There is no need to pose Then when you come home they will still have a picture to remember meeting the characters but don’t have to pose for a photograph.  

LYNK & CO: Introducing 03 Concept

LYNK & CO: Introducing 03 Concept

Back in October, we covered the LYNK & CO launch in Berlin for the reveal of their Model 01; that will hit the market later this year, starting in China followed by Europe and USA in 2019. Today at the Shanghai International Auto Show, they are taking it one step closer to launch by unveiling the all-new 03 concept. A bold, mid-size and sporty sedan with a classic look that will feature free connectivity and lifetime product warranty for all the other cars including this concept. This model, as well as all the following LYNK & CO cars, is based around connectivity. Customers will find a range of connected technologies on offer in the vehicles, all aimed at making life easier. All models come with a large central touchscreen and telematics systems that are always connected to the internet and the car’s own cloud. The LYNK & CO brand will also provide its users with personalized services, an open API, unrivalled connectivity with vehicle sharing at its heart, e-commerce, and the first dedicated app store for cars. Over the course of the next 12 to 24 months, a new range of premium, state-of-the-art cars at the most accessible of price points will be introduced, with the aim of challenging and redesigning the way in which automotive products are bought, owned and consumed across the world. The key aim of LYNK & CO is to enrich and simplify vehicle ownership through connectivity, e-commerce and by addressing the needs and preferences of a new global generation of customers. O3 Concept   We started with some clear defining ambitions: to look solid, have an imposing presence and to make a striking visual impression. The result is the 03 Concept – our first LYNK & CO sedan – which encapsulates muscular solid volumes, our unique brand elements and intricate, high-tech details resulting in a design that is bold and sporty, says Peter Horbury, Executive Vice President of Design, Geely Auto Group. About LYNK & Co LYNK & CO is a brand from Geely Auto Group, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group – the owner of Volvo Cars and London Taxi Company. Geely Auto Group is one of China’s largest car manufacturers. More information: https://www.lynkco.com.

Industrial Design: Barry a touch bar for creative minds

Industrial Design: Barry a touch bar for creative minds

Barry is an industrial design concept for an imaginary product, which is nothing more than an external touch bar. The project was created and shared by Alex Pluda. I have been using the new MacBook Pro for the past 5 months and I got used to the Touch Bar. That doesn't mean that I think it is amazing, it works. I got a few misses when I try to tap delete. Maybe because I am a person that makes tons of mistakes. That aside, I think there are some interesting uses. Sketch and Photoshop are good examples for me. Barry is basically a touch bar you can use it as an external device. I really don't know how useful it is but it was interesting enough that I had to share it here with you. barry is a imaginary product that aims at helping any creative by speeding up their work. It is my first attempt to create a realistic and tangible product. Hope you will like it! Industrial Design Concept Alex Pluda is an interaction designer from London, UK. He is the lead designer at Avory. For more information make sure to check out his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/alexpluda8447

Industrial Design: L-Rod Monitor for your Laptop

Industrial Design: L-Rod Monitor for your Laptop

Being on-the-go is something we all strive for and being able to be mobile for all occasions is an addition as well. Imagine having a portable screen? We are taking a look at industrial design of a monitor concept named: L-Rod. Coming with a minimal bezel and a curved display, this concept is aiming with a single USB-C cable to both be used as power and image data. It’s an interesting approach for an external screen, what do you think? Designed by Hyunsu Park, he is an industrial designer over at the Kookmin University, Seoul in Korea. Hyunsu focus his work also in product design and UI/UX. Let’s keep an eye on him for his future projects.  

Industrial Design and UI/UX: Orion Cycling Navigation

Industrial Design and UI/UX: Orion Cycling Navigation

We would like to share this industrial design by Clement Dauchy about a cycling navigation called: Orion. What’s interesting about this project is that we get to follow his process from the sketching, industrial design, packaging and the UI/UX from the product. Impressive work I have to admit and I would love to see something like Orion in action and see how the UI will react in a live environment with cars and streets all around. Published on Behance is the work from Clement Dauchy who is an industrial/product designer based in San Francisco, USA. Currently working at Astro Studios, Clement works on personal concepts after finding problems in his daily life. Looking forward to see more of him in the future.  

Product Design: Anicorn Hidden Time Watch

Product Design: Anicorn Hidden Time Watch

I think most of us shared our love for gradients. As a designer, I do! What if it shares the time through a gradient on a beautiful watch?! This is the product design we are sharing today named: the Hidden Time Watch. It’s a play on the colour contrast of the gradient to tell the time, it’s quite a genuine concept. It almost feel like an optical illusion and I think it’s such a cool factor. Currently on Kickstarter, the watch is unisex and comes in three colours including rose gold, black, and white. Published via Kickstarter, this is a design by Jiwoong Jung and according to him: "“My research on how to naturally pass time began with how hiding occurs in nature, which led me to one of the best known examples––the chameleon’s protective color. Their defense mechanism is a kind of optical illusion, but a simple and effective way to have two things together naturally when superimposed". Hidden Time's watch face features a beautiful gradient display under a crystal covering where numbers are firmly printed. As hours pass, the hour gradient disc rotates and “hidden time” is revealed.  

Industrial Design: Atelier TV Concept

Industrial Design: Atelier TV Concept

With how technology has been shifting to portable devices for your viewing entertainment, do you still see a place for a TV in your living room? Does the concept of a living room still exists? We are sharing this industrial design by Kwanjun Ryu about a Hide and Show TV concept named: Atelier. The main thing about this concept is about the Audio Mode where you can just hide the TV and enjoy some music. What do you think? Published via Behance, this is the work from Kwanjun Ryu who is an industrial designer from Seoul, Korea. Focusing his work also into interaction design and UI/UX, Ryu has won many awards including the Design Membership by Samsung. ATELIER TV is new generation of personal TV design that specialized in audio function.  

Industrial Design: Moment V2 Photo Case

Industrial Design: Moment V2 Photo Case

It’s funny somehow I am getting interested more and more about industrial design, especially with things that you’ll user everyday. This is a project by Audrey Louchart who is an industrial designer over Moment for their 2nd generation of products introducing two photo cases and a new lens. We are taking a look at their latest product called: the Photo Case. They have successfully (yay!) funded their Kickstarter project and let’s a look at their conceptual work. Audrey Louchart is an industrial designer working at Moment that is currently based in Seattle, WA, USA. Focusing her work into industrial design, photography and packaging; Audrey also has worked on products like the pencil from FiftyThree, Xbox One Stereo Headsets and more.   Credits Audrey Louchart Erik Hedberg RJ Lincoln Julia Manchik, Zach Reed, Erica Simas

Industrial Design: Nike Advanced Training Jacket Concept

Industrial Design: Nike Advanced Training Jacket Concept

I think I’ve mentioned it before but I am a huge fan of the Nike brand. I just love how they experiment all the time with their products and material. And at the same time it’s great to see designers going down this path as well. Let’s take a look at this concept by Joseph Cooper of a Nike Advanced Training Jacket. What’s particular from this concept is the use of battery (for charging) and sensors for tracking the performance of the athlete. The attention to the details are spot-on and I can’t wait to see more from Joseph in the near future. Published on Behance is the work from Joseph Cooper who is an indstrial designer working now at Black & Decker. There isn't much about him online but what you found is definitely worth a look. It's really great to see Joseph experiment with another category like fashion for example but at the same time with also a practical aspect. Hyperion is a system of intelligent textiles and electronic components which work together to give athletes the ability to customize and adapt any garment to their needs. The jacket was designed to regulate body temperature during everyday athletic training, as well as to help athletes track and improve their performance over time.  

Product Design: Kontrol Editing Tablet

Product Design: Kontrol Editing Tablet

We’ve seen tools like the Wacom and even the Touch Bar from the MacBook Pro to somehow increase our productivity and workflow. They both have their pros and cons but I would an issue I had with the Wacom for example was its size especially when you think of working on-the-go or in a coffee shop. How about we rethink it a little. Let’s take a look at this editing tablet product design concept named: Kontrol by Jonny Tran. With a minimal approach, I can’t help to enjoy the idea of having your tablet separated in different components. It’s quite neat! Published via Behance, this is the work from freelance designer named Jonny Tran based in Jönköping, Sweden. There isn’t much more information about Jonny but we know that he’s studying in Industrial Design and we shall look forward to see more of him in the near future. Kontrol is a sketch tablet that is designed for video and photo editors in mind.  

Industrial Design: Noordung Electric Bike

Industrial Design: Noordung Electric Bike

Let’s share this minimal and yet packed of features industrial design of an electric bike named: Noordung. Originally coming from Slovenia, there will be only a few of these made. With features with of course being electric, it could be also be used as a speaker for your music, lightest urban bike, charge your devices and ride your commute with an eco-friendly mindset. It almost looks like a motorcycle but it isn’t, thanks for the forwarding gorgeous design. Noordung Electric Bike  is as they say, an electric bike for music lovers. Why music lovers? The box in the middle doesn't only as a battery, it serves also as a multifunctional boombox that plays music from your phone. That means you can take it almost anywhere. We are proud to present the Noordung Angel Edition – an exclusive pre-production series of only 15 handmade, precisely crafted urban electric Noordung bikes.  

Product Design: Fitbit Charge 2

Product Design: Fitbit Charge 2 by Dan Clifton

We would like to share this beautiful product design called: Fitbit Charge 2 that we’ll be reviewing on Abduzeedo and that will be online soon. For now, let’s take a closer look at the work of Dan Clifton and his design for the Fitbit Charge 2. I would like to mention that this product is gorgeous by its looks and it’s quite comfortable to wear. From the little dots from the bracelet and how easy it is to change your band. It’s quite a product and hope you will enjoy it too. Dan Clifton  is a tremendous talented industrial designer based in San Francisco, USA. Dan has worked with the Fortune 100 companies and designed products that we interact and all use every day. I personally use the Fitbit Charge 2 and it's a beautiful product that makes you feel that you're in the future, from all the little details.  

Industrial Design: Motorbike from Great Japan

Industrial Design: Motorbike from Great Japan

I stumbled across what Honda was working on a new self-balancing motorcycle, it was pretty cool. Seeing this bike got me wanting to surf on the process behind the industrial design work of such concepts. I’ve found this stunning-looking motorcycle concept by Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko. Their concept is about their passion about the Japanese approach to design and it’s quite lovely what they have done. Published via Behance , this is the work from Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko who are based in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Ruling themselves in automotive design, insdustrial design and engineering, you will amazed by the different variety of projects they have worked in team and individually. The Japanese approach to design has always been original, which is the foundation of culture with its art of origami and the samurai spirit. The simplicity and sense of space, and today are recognized in the industrial design of the Japanese brands. But for some reason, this approach is now rarely used in the design of Japanese cars and motorcycles. It felt the impact of the European brands that impose their rules of the game, when an inexperienced user can not tell the Japanese product from the European. It's time to go back to the roots and make Japan great again!   Credits Artem Smirnov Vladimir Panchenko

Product Design: DIY Paper Polygon Art by VIU

Product Design: DIY Paper Polygon Art by VIU

With the new year at the door, comes the time for resolutions and ideas for what's ahead. For example, we were planning some renovations in the apartment and my partner stumbled across this really beautiful set of DIY paper polygon art for a room concept. After a little research, I've found the brand behind this product. It’s great to know that it’s a team of creatives behind this product design, can’t wait to order mine. VIU is a team of creatives that focus their work in branding, graphic, UX and product designs based in Seoul, South Korea. DIY paper craft product that everyone can enjoy the art at anywhere. Aside from their work, they have a brand that we are featuring today that you should definitely check out their shop .