Wouter Ramaker

Wouter Ramaker

Rotterdam Senior Designer & Organiser of UX Cocktail hours Rotterdam Joined about 6 years ago Wouter has invited Sven Schuiling, Linda Steginga, Mark Tunzi

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  • Posted to This Person Does Not Exist, Feb 18, 2019

    Taking this idea a step further; as a designer I think it would be awesome (and scary) to be able to construct an stock image based on my input. "Hey computer I need; a landscape, with a couple on the right of the image, under a tree, with mountains in the background... generate!"

    2 points
  • Posted to Analysis of the typography used in the WALL-E movie, Dec 07, 2018

    This was a super in-depth article. And about much more than just the typography. Enjoyed reading it.

    1 point
  • Posted to Aesthetics, informationArchitects, Aug 24, 2018

    In my mind a lot of people misinterpret the phrase Form Follows Function. It doesn't mean that aesthetics are inferior to functionalities. Aesthetics have a function of their own. Which can be clearly defined, but which is often forgotten. Don Norman goes into this in his essay/book 'Attractive things work better' — a recommended read. It states that the design of an object/product changes the way we think about it, what we expect from it, and the way we interact with it.

    The thing is though, that it's hard to measure the impact of aesthetics without doing extensive qualitative research over a prolonged period of time. Which means that in practice this rarely happens to the extend that it should. (See also my reply to Disillusioned with lack of user research). In my mind it's not that we don't value aesthetics anymore, but that the industry doesn't always give designers a chance to prove it's worth.

    But maybe that's ok. I think that not for every product aesthetics are the most important defining aspect. Aesthetics become important in a saturated market where you need to differentiate your product from others. And I think this is where the author is mistaken in comparing the digital design industry to advertisement, where being different from the competition is vital.

    3 points
  • Posted to Disillusioned with lack of user research, in reply to Sherif Tariq , Aug 07, 2018

    You're welcome, and I hope it helps you.

    0 points
  • Posted to Disillusioned with lack of user research, Aug 06, 2018

    First off; don't give up.

    This is tough. And a lot of UX designers will go through this in companies where UX design is a relatively new aspect of the process. In my experience there are often two reasons why companies do not want to do user research:

    1. They don't see the value in it. It costs time to arrange participants, it costs time to prepare the research and to report the findings. Sometimes companies will find it hard to see where the added value is, and if it will outweigh these costs. Unfortunately the only way to deal with this is to keep your research as small as possible for now, until you've done it a couple of times and the company sees the value of it and you've also dealt with the second reason;

    2. They are afraid that the outcome of the research isn't in line with the teams assumptions. So this is less about upfront costs, but more about the costs that it could generate. Sometimes it means redesigning a part of the site, sometimes it even means rebuilding an entire flow. In my experience this fear is best met by explaining the impact not dealing with these potential outcomes could have. Dealing with them now, early on, is far easier than in a later stage. And would (potentially) save money.

    Second; User research isn't the holy grail.

    User research is about risk management. But it's not possible/viable to test everything beforehand. It's ok to make some assumptions as long as you realise they are assumptions. A lot of times designers will base their decisions on their experience, best practices, conventions, etc., and that's ok. You can use analytics to see if they work the way you expect them to work.

    18 points
  • Posted to Too many outdated screen in my Sketch File and Invision Project. How to collaborate with developer and PO to have one final synced file, Aug 03, 2018

    Create sections in InVision for those categories. You can share an individual section with the PO and Developer, so they won't be distracted by all the other screens.

    2 points
  • Posted to It's 2018 and Material Design still uses a floppy disk as a Save icon, Jun 05, 2018

    LukeW save icon

    0 points
  • Posted to It's 2018 and Material Design still uses a floppy disk as a Save icon, Jun 01, 2018

    This is true for a lot of icons though, I bet your mobile phone doesn't have a separate horn, but still uses that to indicate a call.

    15 points
  • Posted to “A design that merges iOS and Android”, May 22, 2018

    We're currently developing an app with React (both JS and Native) that will have the same design for both platforms and web. Reason being a shorter time to live (ship fast). It'll help us determine quickly if the concept is a succes or not (fail fast). If it is a relative succes, we'll be able to work on custom views for the native versions, with all the main logic remaining shared across all platforms.

    0 points
  • Posted to Design systems will replace design jobs, in reply to Rhys Merritt , May 22, 2018

    DesignSystems.com is sponsored by Figma.. of course they won't mention Sketch ;)

    3 points
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