Thursday, November 13, 2014

UX is about organization


Google Inbox is certainly not complete.

I miss being able to simply paste images from clipboard. I do want to have more text-formatting options (being especially fond of "quotation" formatting in any kind of software). Speaking of quotes, their detection in replies and forwards is still somewhat wonky in Inbox. And I am scared by a barren "Settings" screen — almost no tweaks or configs. What, Google is becoming like Apple? What a dreadful thought…

But! I love what Google Inbox is, and, even if it makes some things less convenient, I am sticking to it, amazed at the fact that it just "works".

Friday, September 5, 2014

Micro-solution: Preserving input values against all odds (JavaScript)


The problem: How do you keep the already entered values of HTML inputs if you can't control when the containing document is closed or reopened?

In my case, I am developing a browser extension which requires a configuration popup with some input fields. The user is expected to enter several values into the fields and there is a specific “Save” action, which performs an authentication check etc. I can process button presses etc — yet the popup itself (with all of its HTML, CSS and JavaScript) may be brutally closed by the browser without any prior notifications.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Reading digest 04


Not an easy time to for my country and for me, hard to watch the unfolding events and do something else — yet I am looking forward to a better future (what is man without hope?), and thus continue to learn and grow, as a human being and as a professional too.

Also, I would have many more cool links to share if I held off any longer, don't want to War-and-Peace you, my dearest reader.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Propaganda versus Glasnost

Issues arise in any sizable project. Devil hides in the details, and no plan can take them all into account. If you are managing such a train on fire, do you pretend that everything is great? Or…

Photo by Dmitry Komarovsky

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Reading Digest 03

Fun fact — did you know that dialing “03” in USSR would allow you to call an ambulance? Anyway, here are some hand picks from what I read recently.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

You need to step away from your computer. Probably now.

If you are a developer, designer, writer, editor, or any sort of person who gets so absorbed in your work that you can start in the morning and then be shocked by the time on your watch when you reluctantly force yourself to stop in the evening — then you probably need someone to remind you to take breaks from your engrossing and exciting creative work (which is a great problem to have, to be honest).

You need this:

Yes, this.
(photo by Andris)

…yet keep forgetting about it. So I'll share a small gem of a tool I am using for this (on Windows) — WorkRave.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Designing a logo for Friday.Night youth events

Recently I designed a logo for Friday.Night events («Пятница. Вечер» — in Russian) held by “Alpha and Omega” Christian Youth Society. I had to do it rather quickly, yet I quite enjoyed both the result and the process (which is precious, won't you agree?). Below I'll share the thinking and the approach I took in this.