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    @mrdanielschwarz It looks great! I just checked it out and subscribed. Will look up your book too.

    Iโ€™m subscribed to Blinkist - will start with your first recommendation. Thank you!

  • @mrdanielschwarz Yeah I think Alexa is the way to go for smart speakers! I'd only consider Siri or Google as they reach all the mobile devices.

    But what I've seen so far is that smart speaker users actually use the voice features, whereas mobile phones less so.

    I think voice will be here to stay, for me it makes sense - I hate looking through menus to find an app that I know is installed and want to open. So much easier to tell the phone to open it. And lots of situations where voice improves experience:

    • cooking
    • driving
    • from a bed ๐Ÿ›Œ

    I'll have a new article soon on it, but I'll definitely be building something for voice too. What do you have in mind?

  • @kelechi Yep, thatโ€™s the one! Iโ€™m actually working on a redesign atm!

    Btw InVision actually have a Blinkist playlist with a whole bunch of design books, including Lean UX and Lean Analytics.

  • @Graeme For sure, I mean, to use Siri you need to have your hands free, which is a bit counterintuitive. Alexa turns on my Xbox while I'm still taking off my coat, which allows me to start playing quicker, and you canโ€™t really put a price on that ๐Ÿ˜‚

    But that aside, I definitely see voice being used with traditional UIs, especially for search functions as you said.

    Funny you mention cooking because I'm working on a new venture called Nomad Noms that is basically meal plans as a service, with city food guides coming later (hence the term Nomad Noms). It's a natural fit for cooking, as well as being able to search for a specific plan with a specific recipe, or finding out what your next scheduled meal is.

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    @mrdanielschwarz thanks for these suggestions!! Just downloaded all the books in Invision's list + more ! ๐Ÿ’ƒ

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  • @mrdanielschwarz said in New Year, New Me:

    to use Siri you need to have your hands free

    Ah yes it's true, every time I trie to use Siri, it tells me I have to first unlock my phone ๐Ÿ˜ข

    Nomad Noms

    ๐Ÿ‘€ oo! sounds cool, this would be useful for me! I'm just eating anything from Cafes at the moment. It's hard to plan meals with balancing work and getting to know a new place. Looking forward to giving feedback!

  • @Graeme My biggest issues with the cafรฉ saga is finding:

    1. Healthy food
    2. Vegan food (not a strict requirement, but...)
    3. At an affordable cost (because I eat out daily)

    And yeah, the daily โ€œSo what do you want to eat?โ€ conversation is annoying too ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @mrdanielschwarz all the same problems here, but Vegan is not so hard in Madrid! Always quite expensive though ๐Ÿ˜• - we have had to start cooking more this week, and I'm lazy to do that. I have just been playing with a language school idea where we crowdsource language schools around the world - I found it quite hard to find and compare schools without first getting recommendations. I can imagine something similar for Nomad Noms - have you thought about crowdsourcing those factors and mapping them out? That'd be cool!

  • @Graeme For sure, after all, you canโ€˜t nomad everywhere at once! ๐Ÿ˜…

    And let's be fair, the traveling part of traveling is balls. Today I spent 9 hours on a bus (London>Paris).

  • @mrdanielschwarz the big โ€œnew thingโ€ for me this year was exploring whatโ€™s possible with serverless, but I think the big focus for 2019 will be fundamentals building across our entire stack (both design and development). What made learning React easy was a strong understanding of JavaScript. Trying to avoid constantly chasing that new new!

  • @d__bailey Iโ€™m so freaking vanilla having been self-taught code only for fulfilling side hustles (i.e. HTML/CSS/jQuery-sorta/PHP-sorta). Any advice for someone maybe wanting to learn real development? Itโ€™s been a decade and Iโ€™m still getting by with StackOverflow ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @mrdanielschwarz ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป without stack overflow I think half the internet would disappear...

    Recommend Wes Bosโ€™ 30 day JavaScript challenge and any of the vanilla courses on - and even more highly recommend when you are working through a problem, try Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) docs as a starting point before stack overflow. MDN can help you build understanding of the fundamentals without jumping to solutions. All you really need to know is the type of variable you are working with (eg array, date) and then MDN is amazing at explaining what methods and properties are available.

  • @d__bailey @mrdanielschwarz haha Google and StackOverflow are vital to my code too! WesBos is awesome, I learned React and Redux from his course:

    Also, if you're thinking about frameworks to learn, check out this thread from Pieter Levels. He's using PHP and JQuery from back in the day, showing you don't need to learn the latest stuff to make cool stuff!

  • @Graeme Yup this is pretty much me! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @d__bailey Great advice, thanks! Iโ€™ve heard of Wes Bos so Iโ€™ll certainly give that a try!

  • 2018 was a lot of reset and reinvigoration for me. I started the year pretty rocky disliking my role at a tech startup that just wasn't meshing well for me. One of the classic scenarios of a designer reporting to a marketing director, lots of micromanagement and creative woes! ๐Ÿ˜ฟ Luckily got picked up at my current role toward the summer and I'm loving it so far! ๐Ÿ™Œ

    At this new role I've had to reinvest some time in brushing up on my React/JS which is always a nice brain exercise I feel. I'm hoping in the upcoming year to incorporate more of it within my prototypes and combine them with my animations to ensure a fantastic presentation experience to my dev teams. I'm also helping mentor some junior designers, so the leadership hat is always a process to take in and learn from as well! ๐Ÿ˜บ

  • @raxie Nice move, it's important to have the right fit! I wrote a bit about fitting in here actually ๐Ÿ™‚

    I've also been working with React a lot, it's great! Lots of nice ways to work with prototyping tools ..e.g. @juand4v's Sketch2React, Modulz, Framer, and probably lots more!

  • @Graeme Thank you! For sure! I was just mentioning I started to play around with Sketch2React -- hoping to see what I can get out of it! I followed the alpha closely, got my team and I really interested.

  • @Graeme said in New Year, New Me:

    @raxie Nice move, it's important to have the right fit! I wrote a bit about fitting in here actually ๐Ÿ™‚

    I've also been working with React a lot, it's great! Lots of nice ways to work with prototyping tools ..e.g. @juand4v's Sketch2React, Modulz, Framer, and probably lots more!

    Thanks guys ๐Ÿ˜ธ


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