A quick design challenge to design a recipe for a mobile application

The Brief

While I have a certification in UX Design, I wanted to challenge myself and learn UI design as well. One of the best ways to learn is to do and I started to take on weekly Design Challenges. At first, I was scared at still tackled them as UX Design, thinking about user flows and content more than anything else. But slowly each week, I gained confidence with my visual design skills.

While in my last case study I used the website Designercize for a prompt, I decided to go back to Daily UI for this one. The biggest difference…


With a background in Interior Design & Architecture, I can’t help myself but to look back at architectural greats to pull inspiration. These following quotes relate to design across many disciplines.

Louis Sullivan in all white standing next to a tree
Louis Sullivan in all white standing next to a tree
Louis Sullivan; image from ThoughtCo.

“Form ever follows function”
Louis Sullivan


Five sources to jumpstart your design

Pantone Connect

We all know Pantone, the leaders in color trends, so this was an obvious pick. But I recently found out about Pantone Connect. A website, along with a mobile app, to help you create color palettes by working with premade or creating your own. The benefit of using the app is the ability to take a photo and extract colors right from there! And if you are also a nerd about color theory, they have a cool option to “analyze” the palette.

Pantone Connect color palette analysis

Coolors

Coolors is probably the most popular palette generator right now. Like Pantone Connect, you can make your own…


A product designer’s look into why this app is so successful

iPhone homescreen with focus on the TikTok app icon
iPhone homescreen with focus on the TikTok app icon
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As we all know, TikTok blew up over the last couple of months. Whether you heard about it through friends, other social media or the news (did people not know all social media collects your data? Whatever, that’s a whole other story), you can’t deny it’s popularity. It currently sits at the number 3 spot on the App Store Top Charts with a 4.7 star rating from 7.5M reviews. SEVEN AND A HALF MILLION REVIEWS. And this source states that is has 800M active users.

My idea about TikTok was that it’s only Gen Z uploading videos of them doing…


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1. Peak-End Rule

This heuristic evaluation states that a user judges their experience based on their feelings at two specific moments, not on their average feelings throughtout. The two key moments that they judge on are the most extreme (peak) and the end.

2. Fogg’s Behavior Model

Motivation, ability and a successful trigger must all be aligned simultaneously for the user to take action. If the user’s motivation is low or a task is difficult to complete, it is unlikely the user will be successful.

3. Hick’s Law

The time to make a decision increases as the number of options increase. …


I am a User Experience Designer so I can’t help myself but to question antiquated systems. From the job seeker to the people on the hiring side, this process is a UX disaster.

Close up of hands typing on a laptop
Close up of hands typing on a laptop

let’s start from the job seeker’s perspective

Right now job seekers have not been blessed with a booming economy we’ve seen in prior years. The competition is higher and the remote landscape allowed companies to expand their talent pool.

After seeing one job posting had over 1,700 applicants, I thought to myself, “how will I be able to stand out in that giant crowd?”

I have one shot at a first impression and that’s solely through my resume and cover letter. My portfolio won’t even get a quick glance over if those two things don’t grab attention first.

Let’s think about it. Google “cover letters” and you’ll…


A book discovery app for foodies

Home screen, search overlay and search results

Brief


iPhone on yellow surface displaying Snapchat logo
iPhone on yellow surface displaying Snapchat logo
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I know, I know, I know… Snapchat gets a lot of slack already. With every redesign, there are articles after articles on how they got it wrong. I don’t want to sit here and bash it; that wouldn’t make much sense since here I am still using it every single day. They’re obviously doing something right.

BUT there is one design flaw that gives me a massive panic attack every time it happens.


What I learned after I started to treat it like a UX Design project

first iteration

Or let’s call it the first pancake. We all know that the first pancake is always your tester… and usually not the prettiest. My first attempt at designing my portfolio was a hurdle. As part of a bootcamp, we had a 5-week phase at the end to develop our own personal brand, 3 case studies and a portfolio site. Sounds doable, right? I thought so too. And it is. But it was a hot mess.

One week to develop your brand, one week to design each case study, and one week to learn how to build a website and launch…


24 accounts I wish I knew about at the beginning of my journey

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The best/worst thing about social media is how it uses algorithms and data to predict further content you might like. While the downsides to this can be extreme (have you seen the Social Dilemma yet?), I’m focusing on the lighter side:

When making a career change, overriding that existing algorithm to get it to display your new interests can be overwhelming and challenging.

Yeah, you’ll follow a lot of dud accounts and a lot of great ones before your discovery page finally becomes filled with all the content your heart has been looking for. …

Phylicia Flynn

Interior Designer transformed into UX/Product Designer. NJ transplant living in the Midwest. Has an affinity for dogs, spicy food and coffee shops. phylicia.co

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