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Calcy | The new-age calculator — A Design case study

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UX SERIESCalcy | The new-age calculator — A Design case studyA redefined productivity tool meeting the usability requirements of 21st-century users👋 Hola, amigos!Calcy is a calculator app concept designed to improve the overall usability and speed of performing calculations for every kind of user who owns a digital device. Some best features like L-R mode designed for left-handers, Quick save for instantly saving the current calculation with a name (Eg. Monthly grocery) which can be used for later purposes, and so on.

🤹‍♀️ My ResponsibilitiesAll the Illustrations, Visuals, Animated prototypes were created by me from scratch 😁.And, Multiple Design iterations were performed to reach the Final Design with lots of patience 🐌.I was responsible for the entire UX process, Micro-copy writing, Icon Design 🔁.Finally, Lots of learning • Lots of research • Lots of power naps.👨‍👨‍👦 The Target users🤯 Problems facedLeft-handers cannot use the present-day digital calculators with full potential, they feel annoyed (Since the interface was designed for Right-handers).Users have to swipe every time in order to add any special operator to their equation or calculation.Users cannot use the current calculators single-handed, the number pad is spaced out very much.Phones have different num pad layout for dialers and calculators. They want zero to be at the center and “.” , “=” to be on either side of the last row of the num pad.On a long equation, it’s very hard to visually differentiate the operators and numbers.Users hate the whitish interface having more white spaces during nights, it hurts their eyes. And, whitish UI on OLED screens consumes more battery than normal.🤨 Some existing solutionsReferences🎯 Design goals of this projectDesign a new & refreshing experience of a traditional calculator app that can be easily adaptable and usable.Better engagement with the target users.Solve every problem being faced by the target users.Integrate additional features to improve the overall usability and productivity of the app.🔁 The design process of this project(Understand) Observed the users & their problems being faced very closely.(Data collection) Talked to users about their experiences, personally used the existing solution, traveled along with the users for around a week to know them better about their usage behavior.(Make sense out of) Analyzed and collected important data points from the Research & also the existing solution.(Get inspired) I took various real-time applications and their methods of solving as my inspiration, and dribbble for my visual inspiration.(Mind Sketch) Get started with some initial ideas and sketching in mind.(Design-Test-Iterate) Start with the UI design prototype and test it with users ASAP — Repeat until a fully satisfied & optimized solution is obtained. For me, it was 2 minor iterations.🧬 The Anatomy of Calcy😎 Getting cool with new features👈👉 L-R modeL-R mode (Left-Right mode) is a cool feature that enables the users to switch the UI layout according to their convenience. Almost 10% of the world’s population are Left-handers. But, the UI layout of most of the daily used apps are adaptively designed for Right-handed people where Left-handers are left out during this process.

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Does Coloring Response Categories Affect Responses?

, MeasuringU

Survey response options come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and now, colors.

The number of points, the addition of labels, the use of numbers, and the use of positive or negative tone are all factors that can be manipulated. These changes can also affect responses, sometimes modestly, sometimes a lot.

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Ideas worth spreading — A UX case study of TED.com

, UX Collective - Medium

Personalizing the TED user experience to inspire sharing ideas

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The Mental Model

, UX Collective - Medium

The mental modelMy son, building the Lego Technic modelThis article is for my colleagues in software development, with whom I interact on a daily basis and also for people who feel design is fuzzy. This is an attempt to articulate my journey on how I made sense of the word “Intuitive”. Also, this is the first step in the journey towards having a discussion of the UX nomenclature within the software development group, which I feel would enable all of us to work together, effectively.

I am sure each the designer on this planet has been told a zillion times “make it intuitive”. It has been shouted down so hard that its probably etched in our souls. It is a weapon wielded by stakeholders to indiscriminately slash at designs, hollering that designs are not intuitive.

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Enabling a sense of community in personal spaces

, UX Collective - Medium

How individual-focused mediums silo us away from communities and how we can redesign them to bring us back together.

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A practical, 10-step guide on conducting user research with no access to users, no product and…

, UX Collective - Medium

If you’re working on an entirely new product for an entirely new company, this guide is for you.

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Developing my own tools for the UX job.

, UX Planet - Medium

Stock photo of a man forging an axe.

…so how to be more empathetic towards the way I work?

Let me ask you a question.

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Design Sprint: ¿Seat y el futuro de la accesibilidad?

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This story is a part of UX Planet’s Spanish community

Seat quiere innovar, revitalizarse y crecer en la nueva era de la industria 4.0: “Si queremos pasar de ser un fabricante de automóviles a una empresa de movilidad y, además, queremos participar en la llamada industria 4.0 tenemos que hacer del software una competencia central”

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Top 10 Adobe XD Plugins

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Adobe XDPlugins all designers should start using today.Google SheetsThe Google Sheets plugin for Adobe XD enables designers within XD to enrich their designs with real content and data from Google Sheets.

This allows collaboration with other team members to create dynamic designs, right from XD.

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Visual Data Collection: Making Sense of Tally Sheets

, UXmatters

By Michael Morgan

For those of you who are wondering exactly what Visual Data Collection (VDC) is, you can read my article “Increasing Your Research Velocity with Visual Data Collection,” which describes the method in full detail. You can also read my subsequent Discovery column, “Sensemaking with Annotations,” which covers the various annotations I use for VDC notetaking. That column also provides insights on the use of annotations to inspire those using the VDC method to extend their set of annotations and adapt the method to their UX research workflow.

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