Category: Design

Inverted Pyramids & Progressive Disclosure in Design

Inverted Pyramids & Progressive Disclosure in Design | Shakuro

Red Dead Redemption 2 might be the greatest video game ever created. It’s not just about the whole new level of interaction it gives or the dizzying open world, and detailed elaboration of the surroundings. All of that will eventually be everywhere. The fascination I found myself in is the way the story transpires.  


As applications become similar in design, they deliver their value through other features. Users want speed and comfort from apps. Forever. And that’s a must for all apps. 21% of new apps die out because they suck. Or can’t go viral.

You Talking To Me? Matter Vs Manner in UX Copy

If you are a history nut, there are only a few things that excite you as much as historic pieces of writing accompanying some product of the past. Everything is different today. The profusion of markets has us constantly keeping our guard up for whatever is pitched at us 24/7. With this unnecessary availability of things, we rarely expose ourselves to the rapture of ownership it used to be.

New Phones Draw Designers Into Arms Race

The recent “Keynotes” and “Special Events” of mobile hardware manufacturers made it clear – we are no longer bound by technical limitations of mobile devices. For the first time in history, our phones are as potent as our laptops which puts application designers and developers into a precarious position.

Are We Done With Apple’s Exclusive “Innovation”?

I remember the first time I saw the iPhone in 2007. In my country flooded with Nokias and Siemenses, the first iPhone was an epiphany – something clearly from the future that you could get your hands on. Something unknown and not even localized for Russia, but something so friendly and tantalizing, it made zero sense for most people around, but there were the ones who opened the first ever iPhone VK (facebook analog) group days after it was announced. Hidden by a paywall of the initial $599, we had a giant in the making and we threw ourselves at it.

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.

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.

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.