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.

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.

The future of e-commerce: custom or licensed

Even the greatest product won’t sell itself unless placed on the right track.

As an aspiring startup owner or a successful entrepreneur, you’ve been focusing on polishing your product or service to the point where it becomes an up-market commodity you are proud of. You know its worth and you know how to sell it to the customer. You know where to start but hardly see where the journey might lead you.

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.

Outsource Hiring Vs Recruit In-House

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For decades, hiring has been Achilles’ heel of digital product outsourcing. Before everything else comes team building. To build a team you need a steady supply of professionals. Finding the right people to join your team is a challenge that a lot of teams struggle with. The following is the story of our hiring, our bumps and bruises with recruitment, and how we’ve come to a full-blown HR department in a company that is all standing up for outsourcing.

How to microcopy …and not be a smart ass

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…

Adjustive Ecommerce Platform Principles For Consistent Retail Experience

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In the rapidly evolving customer-based business, it’s vital for retailers to be sensitive to even the slightest changes in consumer behavior. However, retailers need to commit to their business goals which requires consistency. How do you use a dynamic responsive approach while maintaining consistency? Do you immediately buy into the hype and add fad functionality to cater to as much customers as possible or refine your retail experiences to stand the test of time?