Celine Nguyen

Celine Nguyen

Studying Computer Science & Design Joined over 7 years ago

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  • Posted to Algorithms are ruining Pinterest, Apr 06, 2015

    As a counterpoint—I never looked at my Pinterest feed in 2011 and 2012, because there was hardly any content in my feed that interested me (and there were no easy ways to discover pinners interested in similar things). My Pinterest feed today is very attuned to my interests, and I typically have to scroll through 100 images before finding just one that's irrelevant to me.

    Why'd you title this "Algorithms are ruining Pinterest"? I've personally found their recommendations to be better than ever. The title seems misleading and extreme.

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  • Posted to ASK DN: Apart from DN, HN and PH, what other sites do you go to on a consistent basis?*, in reply to Justin Jackson , Feb 08, 2015

    /r/designforpeople is another subreddit that focuses on how design affects people's lives. It's small, but there's really great content and some good discussions on it.

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  • Posted to You’re not wrong, you’re just an asshole: about the comments on Brand New, in reply to Phil Rau , Jan 29, 2015

    An alternative way of looking at it—people need to know what is working just as much as they should know what isn't, so they can target what to improve!

    If I don't have a sincere compliment, I usually say a neutral observation: "this seems like a focal point", "this typeface feels very contemporary and youthful". This is also helpful feedback, so people can know what impressions people are getting from their work, and what features stand out or aren't noticeable.

    1 point
  • Posted to ASK DN: What should a Designer + 2 Developers + AI Expert build next?, Jan 27, 2015

    I think this is a situation where asking your intended users (the design community) to self-report problems won't be very helpful. We're normal people too, and what people say they want built isn't always the same as what they need built, or will want to use. Faster horses versus cars, right?

    There are tons of design/user research techniques based around observing people in their environments (which you can do by browsing design forums or conversations happening on Twitter, Facebook, blogs) and gently teasing out areas of difficulty or conflict. I think it's better to ask more oblique questions to figure out what problems designers face, too. Asking a designer to tell you about her workflow for creating and handing off assets, and probing at interesting points, will probably give you more information than just asking, "So. What do you dislike?"

    3 points
  • Posted to AMA: Khoi Vinh, Jan 27, 2015

    Hi Khoi, hope you're still answering questions! You've obviously seen a lot of digital design practices grow and change over your career. What do you think are the most interesting open problems or areas of improvement in digital design today?

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  • Posted to Moodboarding Tool from Crew (Creators of Unsplash), in reply to Luke Chesser , Aug 15, 2014

    The blog post seems to suggest that the main use case for Moodboard is for creative teams who are trying to assemble a few different ideas/directions in a way that's presentable to larger audiences.

    That isn't at all communicated by the landing page for Moodboard (you have to infer it from the example boards presented), so a regular internet browser that just sees the landing page will think, "How is this any different from Pinterest?"

    It's possible that a Pinterest-like thing specific to team presentations and assembling team work is valuable, but if so—the product should be very clearly geared towards that.

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