Live Tweeting Carmen at SF Opera

Today, I had the honor of being selected as one of the lucky few to live tweet the classic French opera Carmen, in exchange for a free seat at the final dress rehearsal of the SF Opera production by Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

The social media campaign was so successful, that the hashtag #CarmenSF became the second top trending hashtags of the afternoon.

Anyhow, here in its full glory, Carmen – a French opéra comique in 4 acts – as told in tweets.
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What I Learnt Running Social Media For GDISF

From May 2015 to June 2016, I volunteered as the Social Media Director of GDISF – the San Francisco sister chapter of the Girl Develop It, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development.

I helped create their Facebook, Instagram and Medium accounts and run these platforms together with Twitter for over a year.

Here are some learnings and takeaways:

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Recap from Design Fireside Chat at IO16

At Day 3 of IO16, Mike Denny, a Google designer, lead a fireside chat session with some design leaders at Google.

I enjoyed the session very much as I have posted some questions on Mike Denny’s twitter thread earlier, and they were brought up at the session.

Here are some learnings and recaps from the session:

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Design Round up – 1st week of May ’16

Bots won’t replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.

This one is technically written in April, however since I just started doing this round up, I’m squeezing this one in.

Every once in a while, there comes a hot bandwagon that is so shiny, palpably exciting and trendy that every cool kid on the block is compelled to jump on it at once. Currently, this is ‘conversational AI’. Continue reading “Design Round up – 1st week of May ’16”

Delightful Micro-interactions In Action

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Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books and this really made me smile.

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If you download an application on Mac OS, you often needs to manually drag the download file from the Download folder to the Applications folder. Invision took care of this in a very cute way.

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Same for Dropbox

Loading/In Progress

What do you show your users when your website/app is doing something in the backend ?

Slack is a master at this, here’s another example of showing an interesting factoid to your users while they wait.

Hey, I learnt something new today.

Design Pattern for Simple Filtering

This is a post capturing some inspirations and references for displaying simple filtering options on iOS.

On Android, this is really straightforward and would be implemented on the overflow menu similar to this:

On iOS, there are a few more other options, which is great if you like choices, but not so ideal if like me, you’re alright with sacrificing a few degrees of liberty in favor of consistency.

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UX Design for Mobile Developers

I recently took the UX Design for Mobile Developers course on Udacity as a short refresher and to get an idea of how developers approach design.

The course is taught by UX designers at Google and I highly recommend any app developers, especially people developing on the Android platform to take this course, it’s great value for your time.

Here are some learnings and highlights from the course:

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