Reflecting on my first #100DayChallenge

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Stamp designs from cities I’ve visited

Over the 2020 lockdown period, friends and colleagues around me turned to old hobbies or took up new ones as a form of emotional outlet, some started their online businesses, while others created podcasts. I too wanted to use my time constructively on something that would keep my mind creatively engaged, and improve myself as a person/professional.

Unlike many designers in my network, I do not have a “classically trained” background, so I thought this is an awesome opportunity to start filling in a big skill gap in my design inventory — Graphic Design.

Graphic Design as a discipline has a pretty wide array of specialities, but illustration was the one topic that piqued my interest. Inspired by my friend @madebyrishi work, and Tiantian Xu’s articles, I decided to follow their footsteps and start a 100 Day Challenge of my own. …

As you may have noticed, our “normal” way of living has been disrupted, COVID-19 measures have caused an unprecedented number of people to shift their lives online, this includes working 100% remotely. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to design, lead and facilitate a 3-day customer workshop with a client I am working with. Running collaborative, design thinking workshops is the bread and butter for a UX designer, but this time around, it was a little different. …

Animal Crossing New Horizon (ACNH) is one of my most anticipated games to play in 2020. It’s been a great companion during the COVID-19 lockdown, but after around 30hrs of playtime over the past three weeks, I have one unshakeable feeling:

This game feels unnecessarily “grind-y”.

I believe there is a fine line between playing a game that feels like a grind, and one that helps the player establish a routine. In my experience so far, ACNH has been more of the former.

I’d like to give a high-level overview of three areas that caused me consistent frustration over the past few weeks and talk about how these pain points can be solved. …

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Our team at the EEF Hackathon

Thursday 19/04/18, was the hottest April day recorded in London in 70 years. Instead of making the most out of the rare London sunshine, I spent my day at Huckletree London, attending a Hackathon hosted by The EEF.

The EEF — the largest sectoral employers’ organisation in the UK, believes that technology can play a huge part in recruiting future engineers, and ensuring that the manufacturing industry flourishes. Along with an ageing workforce, there is an apparent skills gap within the industry. EEF wants to find a way to encourage talent into pursuing a career in manufacturing.

Our challenge was…

Okay Google, Bring The Beat In.

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I was lucky enough to win myself a Google Home Mini from the Google Donut Shop event at the Westfield Shopping Mall last week. Here are 3 things I learnt from using the smart speaker/home assistant in the past week.

1. There is no need to learn anything new

The device/technology was very intuitive to use, the set up guide is only a single sheet with two instructions written on it: How to Power on the device, and download the Google Home App.

From the set up to commands, there was no need of an onboarding process, I found myself quite familiar with use of the technology. Being an avid user of Siri on my iPhone, I use voice commands quite frequently, mostly for my day to day functions such as setting alarm, reminders, and for directions … etc. …


Anson Wong

Your friendly neighbourhood UX designer. All things design/tech/ramen. Currently at @SalesforceUx

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