I thought I’d create this blog post because I come across a lot of random inspiration and I wanted a place to keep it all in one place for documentation purposes. The idea is to state the time, data, inspiration and source so that I have a record for it and can maybe use it as inspiration for future projects.
3:47am | Tuesday 8th May 2018
Sketching for UX Designers
Sketching is great because:
- This technique takes into account how our visual perception works
- Then we look at images, we understand them much faster than we read words
- It can reveal things we might have not seen before, connections we have not noticed
- It enables a mutual understanding
- It supports the fail fast approach
- It is a quick and cheap way to generate many ideas
Facebook, 2018, Sketching for UX Designers [Online] Available at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sketchingforux/
2:27pm \ Wednesday 16th May 2018
Stitching Morse Code
This is quite random and I came across it whilst on the weird side of YouTube. During World War II Major Alexis Casdagli was held as a prisoner by the Germans in 1941. He passed the time in his prisoner camp by sewing/stitching and created many intricate designs that impressed the Nazi’s and so they would hang them in their offices at the prison. As you can see in the borders of the pieces, they contained secret messages that were written in morse code that read “God save the king” and “F*** Hitler” which, if decoded at the time, would have had Casdagli killed. They weren’t decoded until four years later after the war ended and they now appear in museums in London.
I really like the deceit that the artwork demonstrates. There were controversial messages that were hidden by ‘beautiful’ artwork and so they went unnoticed by most. So, in a weird way, it’s as if the Nazi’s who hung up the artwork were unknowingly agreeing with the messages.
YouTube, 2017, Top 10 Secret Messages Sent By Hostages [Online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoJ1uLhctRY
1:06am | Friday 18th May 2018
I came across a video shared by GSA’s Sustainability group and it shows people coming across a hopscotch that’s drawn onto the pavement in a busy street and how they interact with it.
I really liked the idea of this because it’s a simple idea and so many people knew what it was and how to interact with it. It didn’t require the users to detour from their path or take any time out of their day so there wasn’t a reason not to. It allowed them to have fun and open up a little on their commute to the shops/work etc. It’s captioned “Don’t ever stop playing” which I think is nice because it suggests that the users, who were primarily adults, were interacting with what would have been labelled as a child’s game yet they were evidently having fun. I thought it was interesting that people had a go in their own way (whether they used two feet or not with the double squares) as this reflected how they would have done it in their own childhood. It’s such a short interaction (unless they decide to have multiple attempts like that one person) yet I imagine it will have made an impact on their day.
4:42pm | Saturday 2nd June 2018
23:06 | Saturday 4th August 2018