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A comunicacao aqui na Coreia é basicamente por KAKAO Talk. Até os professores usam esse método para acessar os seus alunos, etc. Mas o que eu queria registrar é a flexibilidade que eu senti aof azer uso do kakao por computador, em telas independentes. Bem praticas. Porem, hoje, eis que descubro a solucao de plug-ins: Caríssimos, apresento-lhes o https://pidgin.im/

 

Beijos sociedade! 

Why UX Designers Need to Think like Architects

During a recent conversation with my father-in-law, an architect with nearly 40 years of experience, I couldn’t help but notice the parallels between his work and mine. As he detailed his design process and thinking to me—sharing his extensive design insight—I was reminded of my own process and thinking. Obviously, the tangible results are quite different, but there is common ground in the way that we view the world, and the way that we think about design.

Architects are, of course, a type of designer, but the work of a good architect is not just about designing a space that is beautiful. It’s about balancing aesthetics with usability—precisely what we are tasked with as user experience designers. Moreover, architects solve problems, crafting solutions that embody balance. The late American architect Buckminster Fuller once said, “When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”

The Architect’s Design Process

Renowned American architect Hal Box identified the start of the design process as the exploration of three worlds that are about to meet: “One world is the site, a place in the community or landscape; another world is the program, the owner’s list of needs and desires; and the third world is the budget.” The site is the physical space the project will occupy, which incorporates not only the possibilities but also the restrictions imposed upon it (zoning codes, building codes, etc.). The program encompasses everything expected from the building, including its content, functionality, audience, etc. The budget is, of course, a reality of almost every design project.

While the program is the heart of the design process, it does not define it—the project is a living thing, adapting as necessary to changing priorities and variables. Architects typically engage in visual problem solving—sketching, diagramming, and fleshing out all aspects of the problem and possible solutions. They sketch, test, and visualize, working toward developing the architectural concept of any given project, which Hal Box poetically defines as the architect’s “visualization of what the building seeks to be.” This phrasing fascinates me because it implies that every project has an ideal form, and every designer simply attempts to interpret its manifestation. It brings to mind a metaphysical concept among artists that they do not themselves create, but rather reveal the form already present within whatever medium they are using.

First century Roman architect Vitruvius posited that all structures must have firmitas, utilitas, venustas: solidity, utility, and beauty. These so-called Vitruvian Virtues refer to the fundamentals (like the foundation), functionality, and, of course, aesthetics. Architects use these three principles throughout the design process, in crafting the overall user experience. In many ways, architectural UX work is much more complicated than it is on the web. An architect works within a defined space—a plot of land, perhaps, or a preexisting structure. The scope of work can be further defined by restrictions or limitations imposed by government and other regulations. From here, the architect must consider the best use of this space, how to best use it in fulfilling the client’s requirements, while also considering users/customers, particularly when it comes to commercial and public spaces.

Architectural facets of usability may include anything from a clearly marked entrance, to an intuitive and logical flow through the hallways/corridors and overall layout of a structure, to signage with appropriate labeling and giving clear directions, among many other things. However, usability is only one of many considerations in developing an architectural solution. In this realm, working within a physical space gives a distinct advantage—an architect can design a solution that will engage all five of a user’s senses. In this way, he or she creates a somewhat more complete user experience than we could ever achieve on the web (as we know it).

Still, architects are, essentially, generalists—they must be able to develop an overarching vision that encompasses all aspects of a problem. During construction, they function as overseers, relying on a team of skilled specialists to help realize their visions. They must be masters of communication to be able to guide their team toward the solutions they’ve developed. The fluidity of their work lends itself to the same sorts of challenges we face in ours—budgetary issues, lack of resources,difficult clientsdifficult teams/managers, etc.—which, in turn, requires flexibility of thought from the designer to be able to adapt the work with each changing variable.

UX Designers as Architects?

At this point, I’m certain, you’ve noticed the similarities between what I’ve described in the preceding paragraphs, and our own processes and considerations as user experience professionals. The UX canvas is, of course, the web, which is theoretically limitless, and our sites and applications tend to function as independent worlds that have little or nothing to do with other sites and applications. When we begin a project, we are essentially designing a self-contained community that rarely, if ever, interacts with other sites or apps.

In this way, user experience designers function as urban planners, guiding the orderly development of a community. Our information architecture is the laying of the foundation; navigation design maps out the network of roads, leading to and connecting the various sections of our site. We know that if these elements are not sound, are not intuitive and logical, our community will be difficult and frustrating to maneuver.

 

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The sections and pages of our sites are the buildings, floors, and public spaces of our community, where content, functionality and audience come into play. In order to enhance and bolster the overall site experience, they must work in concert. The roads we build will guide people around our community, but the content must both captivate and fulfill user desires.

Thinking Like an Architect will make You an Awesome Designer

Architecture is a millennia-old design discipline that has passively influenced our work on the web. Awareness of the connections and similarities between our professional realms can help us to actively improve our work. By studying the successes and failings present in the world around us and understanding what goes into the design process that leads to the structures and spaces we see all around us we can more fully appreciate our experiences with them. In every space we enter and interact with, there is an opportunity to learn and grow as an experience designer.

The next time you’re driving (or riding) somewhere, pay careful attention to the roads taken. Are they clearly labeled? Is the navigation intuitive? Can you easily get where you need to go? For example, you may find an exit that’s only on one side of the freeway, or signage that is nonexistent or obscured by trees or other elements of the landscape. When visiting department stores, “big-box” retailers, grocery stores, etc., note the layout of the store. If it’s a large chain, does it have the same layout as other branches you’ve visited? Can you find what you’re looking for without asking an employee?

When you get out on the road, or go to a store, you are setting out to fulfill a particular objective—just like users on a site or app. Observe how easily you are able to complete that objective, and where the process can be improved. We are the users of someone else’s product every single day of our lives. By setting ourselves up as testers, we can continually learn valuable lessons in usability, hone our thinking and improve our craft.

Conclusion

The connections between architectural and experience design are undeniable, the thought processes nearly indistinguishable from one another. When we explore other, older design disciplines, their evolution may begin to guide ours, and we may begin to truly innovate. We are truly the architects, the chief builders, of the web, and I’ll leave you with one last thought to consider, from Hal Box: “It’s the architect’s responsibility to develop an architectural concept that will satisfy the client’s program of need, desire, and budget in a way that will enhance rather than damage the surroundings—and do so in a way that will make the client, user, and public grin with pure pleasure.”

Pure pleasure. It’s a lofty goal, but one we strive toward every day.

Sunday in bloom

1) Remember, a journey of a thousand miles was started with a step.

2) The roads that you imagine in your wildest dreams, regardless of whether it is achievable or not – what do you dream of? Remember, Dreams are an extension of you, an unfolding story beneath the pockets of those eyes that envelope them.

 

First week after being under the twilight until sunrise till breakfast having chicken with coffee.

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

A Good Year (2006)

Blood Brother

“I hate being close to people,” he says. “There’s freedom in not being close to anyone because you don’t get hurt. It’s like a sense of madness that comes with loving things that can come and go, specially when you loose people that you’ve planed to love in long term…just crazy you’ve been trying to do something good with so much opostition.”

“I think every man and every woman they want their life to count. do you know how is to work in as many different jobs as I’ve worked at the end of the day i was just so minimus. you know I was making a lot of money but what if I died? I wasn’t making any impact of anything,.. really. That had bother me.”

Sobre a Coreia 1

  Hoje foi o quarto desmaio que eu ja presenciei desde que cheguei na Coreia, mas felizmente a primeira vez que eu nao precisei ajudar a pessoa se levantar – os coreanos ao redor finalmente se mexeram. 

A primeira vez foi semana passada, em um onibus lotado indo para o trabalho, quando eu ja estava pestanejando o olho. Ao barulho pesado do impacto no chao todos entraram em choque sem saber como proceder por aqueles milesimos de segundo, ate a estrangeira, sem um a de coreano, suspende-la e juntar os seus pertences espalhados entre as pernas alheias. A moca provavelmente estava na “dieta do comer nada” – a corrida pra beleza eh levada a serio por aqui.

Hoje foram duas vezes, na qual uma eu carreguei a menina no ombro ate a estacao.. mas isso porque ela tinha  apenas bebido muito, o que me deixou ate aliviada. Porem, ha poucos minutos atras, foi um homem que desmaiou no chao. Os seus 20 e poucos anos nao me sugereriram nada quando mesmo.com o impacto da sua cabeca ele manteve seus olhos abertos fixamente. Dada as experiencias anteriores, meu impulso foi ir em sua direcao ajudar, o que felizmente nao foi necessario.

Finalmente me retive a entrega-lo o celular e uma garrafa d’agua, quando ele foi posto de pe. Me satisfez em saber que os coreanos tambem podem olhar para o lado e ajudar o proximo mesmo com todo o comportamento tendencioso. Mas sair pelas ruas da coreia virou a cada dia uma aventura maior.

Guuytss

 

I ve just met the director, vice president and president of the soosung company

 

In different situations

 

So each of them we would drink a coffee or a green tea

 

And like.. they would ask ne if i like to drink and if i wanna have sangopsal and i was so not prepare for this questions but now we are going to have dinner hahahha

 

Ops.. one more card for my new collection

 

ooh wait.. two more

 

3 hrs later

 

Im comming back to school

 

But i gotta a joob

 

Dude everything was in korean.. they speak less englisj than julia

 

But for what i could see was all about international relationships.. the korea research institute doesnt have anything to do with the soosung engineer company. But for now i ll be tge bridge between them too since they will visit each other with me!!

 

Hahahahha ok.. i may not me any piece of crapp in this whole situation but since they will carry me it means spending the day going from one place to the other by jeep cars and having dinner drinking soju with beer and sangopsal since they know its ny favorite hahaja

 

And one more thing is that i had this kinda fried rice soup that i v never tried before

 

Nothibg special about it

 

But since i d never had it they ordrr for me too

 

But they all talked about other countries and companys all time.. asking such things as korean culture related.

 

From that time i saw myself as a nerdy cause i really wanted to talk about their company and my work in there and whatever more haha but it was nice of them too.. they asked me to teach them englishm ha ha ha ha

 

Ok.. spaming!! Ttys gyyss

 

  • colee!!!

     

    hahahah fiih a vida aqui eh uma loucura mesmo

     

    voltei a pouco tempo de quase uma entrevista de emprego

     

    mas ja tava tudo arranjado

     

    so tinha que conehcer a empresa e os chefinhos

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:45pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    boa hein

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:45pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    resultado: tenho mais 7 cartoes de visita da galera

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:46pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    e tu já tá desembolando no coreano?

     

    auiahuaihia

     

    mas vai rolar mesmo?

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:46pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    passei duas horas circulando de um pra outro direto, sub siretor, sub presidente e presidente, e para cada um era uma rodada de chazinho!

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:47pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    caraca, q doidera

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:47pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    hahahah depoiis como todo bom coreano, assim que bateu 5 da tarde no relogio, fomos jantar

     

    eles perguntaram minha comida preferida aqui, eu falei, e todos os desejos foram realizados

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:47pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    sério? q horário bizarro

     

    aaaaaaaaaah

     

    entao o trampo já é seu!!!!

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:47pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    carne de porco grelhada com todos os side dishes do mundo e muita cerveja e soju, pq eu adoro beber!

     

    SIIIMM

     

    hahahahah cara foi muito estrannho erik

     

    hahahahahhaha

     

    passamos 3 horas sentados no chao comendo

     

    naquela smesinhas pequenas

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:48pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    é empresa de que?

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:48pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    e eles descobriram que ue fumava

     

    entao foi um fumace e tchaans (como eles falam saude) pra todo lado

     

    engenharia.. vou trabalhar na parte de urbanismo

     

    pelo o que eu entendi..

     

    ninguem fala ingles aqui! eh foda!

     

    eh exatemnete igual o filme

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:49pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    caralho, q aventura hein, barbara!!!

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:49pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    eu riiiiiiia.. pq teve uma parte quenao se voce lembra mas o principal do filme tava pra gravar o comercial.. ai o diretor fala mil coisas.. e a tradutora so diz uma frase? EH ISSO!

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:49pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    lembro total

     

    ahahahahhahahaa

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:50pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    genial.. mas os caras que tavam comigo, um deles ja saiu com a dilma umas 3 vezes

     

    vai saber o que esses safadinhos estavam fazendo no brasil ne..

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:50pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    sério? nu

     

    vc entrou pra ganhar então hein

     

    ahahahaha

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:50pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    ele disse que ela eh uma mulher muito forte

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:50pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    tavam fazendo turismo sexual

     

    ahahahahaha

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    9:50pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    eu sei la.. nem eu to entendendo esse lance todo

     

    hahahahah fato!

     

    hahahahahhahaha quando ele disse,, strong woman!!

     

    e deixou um lance no ar

     

    hahahha ai eh falei BAAAO ENTAO NEE

     

    hahahahah etaa noss

     

    mas nao fiih.. coreano nao eh pra mim nao.

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    9:52pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    tu fica ai até quando?

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    10:08pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    set do ano que vem

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    10:08pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    pode cre

     

    e tá legal o esquema de estudo ai?

     
     
  • Bárbara Rangel
    10:54pm

     
     
    Bárbara Rangel

    ta maneiro! metade coreano metade ingles. mas sussa.. eh dificil as vezes. conceito eh um conceito desconhecido pros coreanos..

     

    mas bem, vai rolando!

     

    aqui sao 11 da noite agora vou fumar um cigarro la embairo

     

    que aqui dentro do dormitorio eh prohibited!

     

    beijocas

     
     
  • Erik Baptista
    10:59pm

     
     
    Erik Baptista

    ahahahha

     

    vai lá