Outside-In Thinking

Take a Walk on the Customer Side

Category: Design

Profile pictures of the five people behind the five best UX Podcasts. These images are shown behind a sound wave bar to represent the look of a podcast.
Welcome to Graphic Mint’s Top 5 UX Podcasts! Over the years Graphic Mint’s Director of User Experience Séamus Byrne has interviewed many leading UX industry professionals resulting in insightful and captivating podcasts. They make for perfect listening material if you are looking to increase your knowledge on the UX industry. So treat your ears and enjoy!
An illustration of hands uses an application on a phone, surrounded with icons of speach bubbles and email alerts to represent interaction design.
When we tell clients we practice Interaction Designer they usually don’t know what we are talking about. Interaction Design (IxD) is still quite new to the world of Design: it only came about when the screen was designed to hold more than static content. Interaction Design can simply be understood as the Design of the interaction between Users and products. Therefore, there are many benefits to using IxD as we explain here.
Is it possible to deliver high quality Designs in a tight timeframe? We have all heard of the saying “Tempus Fugit”. This applies to designers as much as anyone else. A good designer can craft beautiful products that look awesome and satisfy User needs, as well as managing their time effectively. Here I am going to share some tips on managing your Design time effectively while avoiding the villain of good time management – bikeshedding.
A Cartoon style map of Dublin City Center with pointers showing, Chester Beatty Library, Old Library, National Gallery and National Print Museum.
With the world turning green for St. Patrick’s Day, it is a good time to celebrate the history of Design in Ireland. As Graphic Mint is located in the heart of Dublin, I thought I would share with you some of the museums around our city that celebrate and promote this creativity. All of the options are easy to reach, with a number of them having free access, and are museums designers will find inspirational.
Blue, White, Grey and Red grid system
Grids are everywhere. In website design, print production such as magazines, books or leaflets Even the streets you walk and the modular furniture in your house follow some kind of grid. They help designers organise any type of system in a clear way which is easy to navigate through and are used extensively within digital products such as websites or apps. To understand why it developed as one of the most effective ways to design we should examine the history of grid design.
Time is precious and people want to be informed quickly. Websites need to be geared to be as captivating as possible, as it is unlikely any User will read all of the content but instead they will scan through it. In order to address this, eye-scanning patterns should be considered when designing a successful User Interface (UI).  
Atomic Design is a Design methodology in which elements of a website are broken down into basic components. By adding these components together piece by piece, a higher quality and more consistent product is achieved.
The design process is collaborative by nature. This can be through designers working together or with other disciplines such as developers, marketing teams, content strategists, etc. Pair Design is a method that results in better solutions, as more creative brains create more ideas, which they can review and iterate on constantly and quickly. There is a reason why we have the old saying “two heads are better than one.”

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