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AuthorAdriaan Fenwick
Adriaan Fenwick

Adriaan Fenwick

I speak human. Helping man and machine get better acquainted through methods and principles of design. Designer @ Atlassian and aspiring mountain goat. Views & opinions on here are my own.

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Prototyping

New era for design tools

Posted on July 15th, 2015.

I was having coffee with a friend, where I shared about the recent trend I’ve seen with some great new design apps that allow you to design (and prototype) across multiple devices and platforms…mobile, tablet, desktop, Apple watch, you name it! It’s great to see this kind of focus in making it easier for designers to...

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Design Principles

Design Quotes As Principles (Part 3)

Posted on June 18th, 2015.

The key “ingredients” to a well designed product are the people who will be using that product. If you don’t design the product for (or around their needs) you will get it wrong. Spending time to understand your users is a crucial step in the design process. Last time, in part 2, I shared design principles on keeping...

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Design Principles

Design Quotes As Principles (Part 2)

Posted on June 8th, 2015.

There’s a lot of focus recently on the value of design at companies, from start-up’s to large corporates, and how a design culture and a design process can help companies innovate and solve real problems. The thing is though…people don’t realise just how challenging it can be to get this “design thing”...

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Design Principles

Design Quotes As Principles (Part 1)

Posted on April 7th, 2015.

We hear quotes on design all the time, up to the point where they become cliché’s and lose their meaning. In the next few months I want to explore and remind myself of my favourite quotes on design, explore their meaning as well as where they came from. In part 1, I want to start by highlighting the first two quotes that have...

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User Experience

UX of Software Things

Posted on February 15th, 2015.

If you’re part of a team that build software products, you’ve probably heard about UX before and you know it’s kind of important. But often in stand-up’s, I hear developers say: “the work I’m doing at the moment doesn’t really form part of the UX”. Just the other day a developer said to me that he was...

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User Experience

Usefulness of Useful

Posted on February 6th, 2015.

The biggest challenge in designing a great product is figuring out what the core features are that will fulfil the users’ needs. Not only should the product fulfil those needs, but also deliver it in a way that is easy to understand and pleasant to use.

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Prototyping

Did we butcher wireframes?

Posted on January 7th, 2015.

Wireframes are dead…or should be as we’ve lost the reason for creating them in the first place…and it’s our own fault. (I’m specifically referring to static low-fidelity wireframes). It’s not because wireframes are bad, it’s that we’ve butchered them into something that tries to achieve the...

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User Experience

Does User Experience Design Exist?

Posted on November 13th, 2014.

I stumbled across a post this morning (from back in 2008 by Zurb) titled “User Experience Design Does Not Exist“.  It caught my eye, because this is something that has crept back in my mind (again and again) – and as a user experience designer myself, it makes me feel a bit uneasy…but that’s a good thing....

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Lean Startup

Prototyping the MVP

Posted on October 13th, 2014.

There’s something that’s been bothering me for quite some time in how digital products are being made today. Far too often I see great engineering behind products, but with poor execution of how it works within the lives of people. The Lean Startup movement and the buzz around a MVP (minimum viable product) has made the...

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Talks

Stop making bland things

Posted on October 4th, 2014.

Download or view on SpeakerDeck Here are my slides from my talk at UX South Africa 2014.