Sharing the Knowledge

You know how it goes, it's late at night and you're working on a project that's due tomorrow, but all you can think about is the necessity of dark mode and the reason behind people's obsession with it. So you start having internal dialogues with yourself talking about pros and cons of dark mode, completely forgetting about the project that's due in less than 12 hours, and before you know it you have opened medium.com and have started a new story: Does your app need a night mode?
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Design Without a Designer - Chapter 3: Logo Design Tutorial

In the previous chapter, we went through some of the basics of logo design. In this chapter, we get a bit more serious. Starting with a tutorial. If you have ever opened the Sketch app, then you should be ok following along with the tutorial:
This tutorial is meant to give you the skills necessary to start turning your logos from sketches into Sketch files. Let me know in the comments if there are any logos that you’d want me to create. You can send me photos of what you’ve drawn so far if you want help with turning them into sketch files as well.
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Design Without a Designer - Chapter 2: Logo Design Basics

You go on Instagram and you see a bunch of really clever logos, then you think to yourself: “My business needs a clever logo like those!” Alright. Let’s see what it takes to create one of those clever logos for your business.
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Design Without a Designer - Chapter 1: Question Everything

One problem that many professionals especially in the tech industry have, is that when faced with any idea, we immediately frame it within our knowledge. For example, someone might be explaining to me an app they are working on and I start imagining the interface of the app, the pages it might have, the buttons and the animations between the screens that might be there. A developer might be listening to the same conversation, but they would think about the back-end requirements, the libraries and frameworks that might be needed, and how much of it can be made with native elements.
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Does your app need a night mode?

With the introduction of OLED screens to the iPhone X, more and more people are requesting night themes in their favourite apps to take advatage of the true blacks on OLED screens, to save battery, and to make it easier on the eyes in some cases. But should you add this…
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Sketch’s new update is too little too late

Yesterday, after a long quiet period Sketch announced their new version. Sketch 49. It come with some basic prototyping features and one of the main new updates was an official Apple integration for iOS 11 UI kit. It all sounds great, but if you take a closer look it starts to fall apart.
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What I learned as a design mentor in a hackathon and how it helps me every day

About 2 years ago I volunteered as a design mentor for the Van{Hacks} hackathon in Vancouver. I ended up sleeping in the Hootsuite lounge to make sure nothing went wrong and to provide support to the teams in the form of design feedback and healthy snacks, making me the only mentor who stayed overnight.
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Why the Future Has No Room for UI Designers

In a few years the interface of most applications will be redundant. Let me tell you why. There are apps that you use to create stuff, then there are apps like games that are immersive experiences. Pretty much everything else is about consuming information...
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The right way to make a dashboard for self-driving cars.

Another CES passed by and we saw a bunch of new smart cars, with self-driving capabilities. What all of them had in common, was how they were trying to be the center of your digital experience.
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The Inevitable iPhone 8

After a visit to Cupertino and getting the silent treatment from all of the Apple engineers I tried to talk to about the next iPhone, I started thinking what the next iPhone would actually look like. This was before all of the rumours about the iPhone X
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4 Reasons Design in Marketing Matters More Than You Think

"Think of your branding as an outfit. It tells a lot about you. Even if you're the most qualified person for a job, if you dress poorly for an interview, you might not get the job."
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Why Apple is the only company that can make the iPhone killer.

In this article I’m going to talk about the future of the iPhone and how Apple is going to kill their most profitable product...
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Get Started with iPhone’s Taptic Engine.

You’re a UI designer. You’ve heard about the Taptic Engine on the iPhones and watched the developer videos where Apple encourages you to integrate them into your design. At first you thought, it’s only on the iPhone 6S. It’s a small market. Then the next iPhone came and you procrastinated more. And now it’s maybe too late to get started with it?
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Does your app really need on-boarding screens?

Some apps have dedicated on-boarding screens. Some let you skip them and some don’t. Some apps are only accessible with an account and when you open them you are presented with a log-in screen. Some leave this as an option and let you log-in later by experiencing the app first, to see if it’s really for you, and some don’t. So which is the right approach for your app?
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Spotify finally fixed the most annoying thing about their app!

They have replaced the burger button with a tab bar. Every good user experience needs to provide these pieces of information to the users: Where they are, where they can go, and how they can get there...
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Why Instagram’s decision to go black and white is great for their users

Instagram has been testing a somewhat radical new user interface of their app. A black and white approach to the infamous social media app with hints of red here and there. Here are a few reasons, why I think this is perfect for the users: The newly designed tab bar uses black, thick icons for the selected tabs and thin, grey outlines for the unselected ones...
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How can Apple fix its shift key problem once and for all

I will not be getting into the history of the shift key and how Apple has tried to get it right over and over again and failing each time in one place or the other. To get a detailed history and for an amazing read check out this article...
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Public Speaking

I remember the first time I watched an Apple keynote presentation. It was amazing! I made it my purpose to present all of my university projects just like an Apple keynote!

A few years ago I joined Toastmasters to improve my public speaking skills. In this page I want to share with you some of the presentations and speeches that I gave and I hope you enjoy them!

WWDC Vancouver Panel Discussion

After the 2018 WWDC event, Lighthouse Labs and ViDIA held a panel discussing the new announcements just made by Apple. I was honoured to be invited to be part of the panel! We had an amazing 1 hour conversation followed by a Q&A.

Design Without a Designer

I gave a quick 8 minute speech about how design thinking can be applied to even the smallest parts of your project called "Design without a Designer" at ViDIA's 2018 May meetup.

The Inevitable iPhone 8

I was honoured to be asked to speak at the 2018 February ViDIA meetup group to talk about an iPhone 8 concept design that I've been working on, for a 20 minute presentation.

Presentation on PaintCode (ViDIA)

In 2015 I decided to start using PaintCode instead of Photoshop for UI design. I know! What was I thinking? Photoshop? Anyway. I started to explore the possibilities of PaintCode and even made a fully working and customizable clock in it! I decided to share my knowledge and what is possible in PaintCode with the attendees on ViDIA during one of the meetings.

About Me - Ice Breaker Speech at Toast Masters

Every Toast Masters member's first speech is the Ice Breaker, where they talk about themselves, their background, what motivates them and where they want to go in life. This is my ice breaker speech. I hope you enjoy it.

Winning speech at table topics contest

Table Topics are one of the more challenging parts of being a Toast Master. You are asked a random question and have two minutes to give an answer in a proper public speaking format. My question (luckily) was about dealing with difficult customers. I had a lot of experience dealing with *cough* *cough* I mean all of the people I have worked with are very professional and never have I ever had any problems with anyone. Anyway, I managed to "make something up" and my speech won me the "Best Table Topics" badge.

Humorist Contest Speech

Remember I said the first ever speech you give at Toast Masters is the Ice Breaker? Well, that's unless you join a public speaking contest before your first ever speech at the club. Which is what I did. So technically this was my first ever speech at Toast Masters. I was told afterwards that my speech didn't follow any of the structure or guidelines that Toast Masters aims to teach, but it was very funny. You be the judge of that.

3 Minutes Humorist Speech

I really enjoyed joining the humorist contest, so I decided to follow that up a few months later with a 3 minutes humorist speech that is meant to kickstart the meeting on a positive note.