I'm Fascinated by Design

Good design is a fundamental layer of multiple disciplines, because of this, I think it's important to make time to understand the principles of good design

may be a bit of a reach here, but i feel like my natural, unforced interest in these topics all points to design as a fundamental layer.

  • system architecture
  • ux research
    • also link to the note about ux going beyond just websites.
    • today i had to bend down to scan a barcode on a banner in a cafe. while that’s not the worst thing in the world, and i had no problem doing it, i feel that may be a bad user experience for someone who’s even slightly physically impaired. make your products as easy to use as possible for your end user.
  • good ui design and how it’s coupled to solid ux. how the two complement each other.
    • Adam Wathan & Steve Schoger make a good illustration of this
  • I want to read martin fowler’s refactoring, but in my experience, refactoring code is a form of continuous improvement on the overall design of your code.
  • don’t even get me started on the pleasant ux you’re given by Apple products.
  • product design/development

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Steve Jobs


An objectively good UI is a byproduct of solid UX

A typical UX checklist when developing a digital product (by no means a conclusive list) might look something like this:


  • digital product: think anything that might have a UI component to it, examples include:
    • video games
    • web app
    • desktop app
    • smart TV
  • UI: User Interface
  • UX: User Experience