Design + AI

The traits that make us human and that we are automating little by little

Invention and Creativity are traits that make us humans human. But how do you develop these? And if there’s a way to do it, can it be automated?

The following are brief thoughts I had around these questions, which were ignited after reading the latest research by OpenAI and GPT-3…

DESIGN PROTOTYPING

A look into the potential of Microsoft Lobe and no-code tools.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be a tutorial, but a brief account of my experience using no-code tools to dabble with Machine Learning.

I’d like to open with an invitation to put aside any “Code vs No-code” mentality when reading this article. I’m not interested in the debate…

In April 2015, I joined the Disney Parks creative team to design mobile experiences for the happiest place on Earth. I learned a lot from a diverse group of humble, creative, and smart people.

Here’s a brief list of learnings specifically about prototyping from my time contracting as an Interaction…

Working with vector-based animations in Framer

I have always advocated for using code as a tool for design exploration.

But at the same time, whenever I’m in a team that’s trying to adopt code in their design process, I identify the designers that are not on board with it. …

UX notes on planning transitions and scrolling behaviors.

A common challenge when designing digital products, specially when creating design deliverables, is having to explain an app flow, a transition between two screens, or even a change between two or more states in the same screen.

A designer’s skill to imagine these transitions is almost as valuable as the…

with Framer Studio

On observation & exploration

Deep observation improves prototyping, and vice versa.

Picture a guitarist composing a new song. His eyes are closed while his mind is exploring different rhythms and melodies through the skill of his fingers. …

Brief usability notes of a recent experience: coming back to iOS.

Context

I left iOS a bit after iOS7 was announced. I moved to Android and experienced the evolution of KitKat and Lollipop on my Nexus 5.

Out of curiosity, and now that the OS has been greatly improved, I…

“Replicant” / IlLustration by: JL Flores Mena

Breve observación en evolución de ansiedades.

Hace poco leí un estudio que se hizo en habitantes de países desarrollados en los cuales el concepto/palabra ‘iPhone’ causaba una huella neurológica similar a la del concepto/palabra ‘amor’. …

Juan F. Mena

Design strategy. Exploration through prototyping. @72mena

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