Written by Moses Kim

Design Skills The Future Calls For

Design skills the future calls for | Shakuro

Going through John Maeda’s this year Design in Tech report, I came across something that got me thinking about the future of the industry that is by many considered to be on the verge of AI-driven disruption. There is no doubt things are changing and AI is developing by leaps and bounds.

Blockchain-Powered Ads To Disrupt Digital Marketing

Blockchain-Powered Ads To Disrupt Digital Marketing | Shakuro

There aren’t a lot of things that are as rapid to change and as sensitive to word on the street as marketing technologies. Digital marketing, in particular, is the most controversial subject. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the fact that you need it in case you run any type of business. The reason why the topic of digital marketing is polarizing is its variability in methods and outcomes. There is no universal strategy for success in the market but there is a variety of ways to get there.

Do We Design Value Or Build Habits?

Do we design value or just build habits? | Shakuro

A couple weeks ago I was discussing one of our projects with a fellow PM and he said something that got me thinking about the job we do for our clients and users. “As long as it puts butts in the seats” is what he told about a design feature compromising the experience while encouraging the attendance.

Are Digital Designers And Developers Capable Of Building A Physical Product?

Are Digital Designers And Developers Capable Of Building A Physical Product? | Shakuro

You know it’s going to be interesting when a group of techies, all into digital product design and development decide to delve into a hardware startup. That’s what two of my friends and colleagues did when they thought it’d be a good idea to build a smart wall timer for a martial arts school. I joined the team as an advisor because of my life-long experience training and teaching martial arts.

Digital Accessibility: How Inclusion Solves Problems Beyond Design

Digital Accessibility: How Inclusion Solves Problems Beyond Design | Shakuro

In the early days of the internet and digital industry, the boundaries of jobs involved in the production were vague. There were no such terms as “UI designer” or “front-end developer”, they were all encompassed by the engineering and computer science. At a time, not a lot of space could be found for the implementation of design. In fact, the design itself was not considered to be projectable for the arising digital web.

The Force of Influencer Marketing

There has never been a better time for shopping than today. Buying anything you can possibly want does not require any effort from you anymore. Before, it used to be a battle, an adventure for the access to a valuable thing and a satisfaction after getting there. In the recent years, we had to learn how to filter the flow of information that accompanies our every action online.

Time to pull the plug on web ads

Time to pull the plug on web ads | Shakuro

October 27, 1994. The first web banner ad was born. HotWired aka Wired placed it on its homepage among the 13 other banners members of the “dirty dozen”. But the legend has this AT&T banner as the forefather of what came to change the way the internet works, and perhaps guide it the wrong way, leading us to the murky waters of 2018’s web.

Who Runs the Web …And Why Change is Life-Saving

Who Runs the Web ...And Why Change is Life-Saving | Shakuro

The internet of today is nowhere near where it was a decade ago. The sporadic occurrence of web-based startups gave way to some of the largest corporate empires in the modern world. The free-spirited and ugly nomadic environment of the early internet turned into a dystopian mogul-owned cloud hanging over the modern world.

Downplaying Empty States in Design

Downplaying Empty States in Design | Shakuro

The most mythologized painting of the 20th century is Malevich’s Black Square. The piece of work that marked the beginning of a new style, suprematism, is as mysterious as it is sublime. What is it that makes this painting so magical? It has been discovered that the current painting is actually the third layer on top of two previous paintings.

Technology steering us towards singularity?

There’s a popular line that I and my friends who are in their mid-30’s often use in a wide variety of contexts. The line goes: “Bring back my 2007.” In 2007 I’d never had thought I’d be saying that. Even though that wasn’t a really prosperous time for a day-old university graduate, we never think of the 90’s in that sense.

Google I/O? More like Google AI!

Google I/O? More like Google AI! | Shakuro

Time and time again Google has been proving why they are the best. Even though this is a hell of a jaded statement, they really are. There’s no other way around it. How Google influences our digital being is hard to even evaluate.

In the name of SEO: Server-side rendering for single-page apps

In the name of SEO: server-side rendering for single-page apps | Shakuro

The mobile-first application development trend has reshaped the way we expect our content to be delivered to us. There are not a lot of areas where web-based applications prevail over the mobile ones. At least entertainment-wise, we are totally sold on the iPhone or Android apps. One of the most accustomed to and secretly painstaking qualities of mobile apps is the speed and smoothness of transitions between screens.

Designing Meaning Through Writing

Designing Meaning Through Writing | Shakuro

For the past year, word design or UX writing solidified itself as a legit part of digital design, namely UI and UX. The request for a clear and concise copy has always been out there and in different periods of time, it reflected the social realms of its time.