Category: Design

Technology steering us towards singularity?

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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.

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.

How AI Wipes Out UI

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“Don’t worry, human intelligence will never be replaced by machines.” That’s what I was told as a freshman foreign languages student at a university. That was the time the concerns about the machine translation taking over the human, first came up. For an honest average playgoer, language is nothing but a set of words put in a specific order based on some (not so) simple rules. Learning languages is a grind. Knowing languages is extremely rewarding.

Beautiful and functional interfaces: Bridging the two worlds

Beautiful and functional interfaces: Bridging the two worlds | Shakuro

In 2012, when working as a tech writer at a production company, I made a business trip to one of Henkel’s manufacturing facilities with a task to study their logistical business process formal description and documents. I won’t remember a word from those docs but what I will always remember is what I was later. After doing what I was supposed to, I was taken on a highlight tour all across the facility, including the chemical production site where I saw heavy machinery operating on robotics, long multi-level conveyor bands transporting thousands of bottles of chemicals and I also was let in the control center where all the numerous processes were being operated from.

How to microcopy …and not be a smart arse

How to microcopy and not be a smart ass | Shakuro

I’ve been noticing tiny witty words and expressions in user interfaces since I first started using a computer. Having no particular goal, I would just roam around wherever the Windows 95 system would let me. For some reason, it felt like I was interacting with an artificial intelligence that had nothing to deal with a real human being. I was trying to find something no one has ever seen before. And of course, at the time I didn’t think humans wrote all those words. In the age of pre-internet, it was all Unknown…

Wireframing 101: Sorting the wheat from the chaff

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When I first started as a writer in Shakuro, I was super excited to finally have a chance to release some of my epistolary creativity that I thought I had in me. After working as a technical writer for quite some time, writing for the web and mobile design, influencing user experience, and contributing to delightful interfaces seemed everything but boring to me.

Straight Outta Fitness App

Straight Outta Fitness App | Shakuro

This morning I stumbled upon a funny story on Instagram, it said: “imagine Instagram was gone. BOOM! You’re not a model anymore”. It’s about the fitness modeling trend that blew up a couple years ago on social media. There’s nothing wrong with being an instagram model or a facebook personality, just like there’s nothing wrong with being a youtuber; you can make a very decent living just doing that.

Daily Life Interactions To Learn UX From

Daily Life Interactions To Learn UX From | Shakuro

Have you ever found yourself commuting and suddenly realizing you are driving with your brain on autopilot? Even though you are totally zoned out, you are not driving off a cliff, you obey the traffic law and you are safe. Is it because you’ve gone the same road 10,000 times? Partly so, but also, it’s the way your car and your body work together through a series of interactions and microinteractions.

How To Make A Social Media Application

How To Make A Social Media App | Shakuro

There are only a few application formats that might compete with social media in exposure and sustainability. Even though the market has been saturated with major players’ products that cover the bulk of user needs, there is always a slot for a wild card of a product that can blow up and shake up the industry.

What 2018 Holds For UX Design

What 2018 Holds For UX Design

With 2017 coming to an end, it’s fun to take a look at how things changed this year and see what we can expect from the UI/UX design industry in 2018. In a way, a year-long stretch is too much to keep up with in terms of the ever-changing trends, hype, and technological advances enabling us to even consider perfecting user experience. The pivotal changes might happen out of the blue in design and the beauty of it is you never know what’s next. So if there is UX design in 2018, how will it be any different? Let’s see.

Turn Website Into App

Turning Website Into App | Shakuro

If you are producing something and trying to make your living off of that, the first thing you do is let people know you are out there. At some point, that is not enough and that’s where a beautiful outdoor sign can help. But then, all signs are beautiful and you have to start over again. This was the case in the website industry. What used to be an optional perk, later became a staple, and today it’s a prerequisite.

Writing A Meaningful Chatbot

Writing A Meaningful Chatbot | Shakuro

As an outsourced design and development agency, we take pride in our ability to immediately respond to any type of request we received. At the same time, the logistics of this ability is exhausting and only relies on the dedication of certain individuals.