I wrote last month about Week Notes, and in the following weeks I forgot to share what I’d been noting. So here are some week notes, work and personal, from the past few weeks: April 5, April 12, April 19, and April 24.
Week ending April 24
Another client meeting that reviewed work and ended on-time with no outstanding feedback
Redesigned mobile wireframes for a section of account preferences, presented updates, and created desktop versions after receiving feedback
Presented desktop wireframes for mobile wireframes from previous sprints
Incorporated client feedback into wires and sent updates
Included a table within the wireframes to map processes between systems, for better messaging for the customer
Added arrows between wireframes that are part of workflows
Miss – forgot to include a set of wireframes; partially due to vague requirements. (To be honest, seemed like everyone forgot….)
Miss – miscommunication between document versions/version control issues
Took notes from a final client meeting to document decisions and status
Had a very successful client presentation of overflow work from a previous sprint – (4/13)
Reflections on why the meeting had such a good outcome
My thoughts: We had at least 3 requirements meetings for our sprint, and we really got into the detail of the features. We also reviewed workflows and made adjustments in real-time. I think all of that helped create accurate designs, which led to few/no questions
Another team member: Everyone was on the same page because the client team finished up their requirements and walked everyone through them. The client team knew exactly what they were looking for from the creative team.
Virtually met new team members located in Minneapolis and Dallas, (4/14)
Called out potential lack of requirements from client on requested features
Presented additional wireframes and workflows to client but wasn’t able to present all work during the meeting
Took screenshots from GAP account pages to explore messaging, and noticed extra options
Opened the radiator, again (and now dealing with the unfortunate rattle, again).
Week ending April 5
Reviewed requirements for payment method sections of account profile, for in-scope and out of scope functionality
Updated workflows for payment method sections of account profile, to accommodate removal of out of scope functionality
Collaborated with internal project team on which updates and recommendations to share with client
Held a design share with client and presented workflows on order tracking
Presented workflows on how to reset password, for different user flows
Updated shared notes regarding changes to previously approved designs
Uploaded screenshots taken with Simulator to inform discussion of designs using 3rd-party, plug-in, for address completion.
Wrote a blog post on last month
In-between books…started one, but didn’t finish
Created a spreadsheet to help track my deliveries and shopping lists
I can’t remember when it was, but I rearranged my furniture in April. My desk is now in the living room, behind the couch. The TV is back in the living room. The sofa is angled to face the living room and divide the desk area from the TV area. And the bedroom now has a little reading nook. Although, most of the books I read are audiobooks and I listen them all over my apartment.
Image credit: Schrijvende vrouw, Willem Wenckebach, 1870 – 1937, brush, h 321mm × w 248mm – View at rijksmuseum.nl
Just finished reading about “week notes”, here and here. It looks like a really helpful productivity and project retrospective tool, so I figured I’d give it a shot. The examples I’ve seen are based on weeks, but this is my first time and March recently ended so I’m going to write my first “week” note for an entire month. Please forgive if there are any inaccuracies, or if it’s super long. 🙂
A note: If for some reason you’re not aware of current events, March 2020 has been one of the most volatile periods of time since WWII, or the civil movements of the 1960s. For most people, anywhere in the world, there’s been a lot going on. These are my small notes, on the work I’ve been doing, in my own little corner of the world.
I am currently engaged on an e-commerce redesign and platforming project for a retail client. The client and internal teams are based in NYC and NJ, with a tech team in India. I work closely with an experience associate manager, a visual design lead, two visual designers, and project manager. I work semi-closely with the client (product) team. And the executive director of experience remains involved, here and there.
Created wireframe desktop layout options for account profile dashboards in Sketch
Followed e-commerce project’s shift from wireframes to workflows – due to the UX team getting ahead of the requirements
Created workflows to map potential e-commerce interactions for requirements for track order and favorites lists
Created workflows that mapped product requirements, written in Confluence, for reset password as a guest/non-credentialed user and from account profile
Created workflows to map proposed account profile functionality, including update address from account profile and checkout, communication preferences, and expired cards/payment methods
Attended a product requirements meeting, to review proposed requirements from the product team (client)
Attended at least 2 product meetings to discuss requirements for account profile pages
Discussed workflows on track order and favorites/wishlist with a tech lead, before presenting to the client
Presented workflows on track order and favorites/wishlist to client
Attended an informal session with the visual design team on their progress on a design system
Worked with the visual design lead and UX associate director to prep for a client presentation on wireframes and visual design of requirements
Revisited the requirements for account profile requirements, to make sure they were reflected in the wireframes
Uploaded screenshot examples of account profile pages for e-commerce sites for desktop and mobile, to help the “CRUX” design teams make decisions on the UI
Attended a global experience townhall (on Zoom)
Had a virtual check-in with the larger experience teams
Attended daily morning check-ins with the internal project team
Finally got Acrobat Pro installed on my work computer
Had several collaborative sessions with colleagues using InVision’s Freehand
Attended an online presentation of an internal collaborative tool
Checked out a website on design system repositories
Like so many other people, I too watch hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube. I’ve found that the majority of videographers film their hair tutorials from the front. Or from the back, like from the perspective of a hair stylist. Well, I came across some pretty unique hair tutorials sometime in 2019. The videographers/hair stylists filmed their tutorials completely different. They chose to film their tutorials in the style of famous movie directors and their movies.
My series of tiny home posts shows that many YouTubers create high-quality videos. The videos below are no different. The videos below, are extra special: they were filmed on a sound stage, with props and special effects. Both entertaining and educational!
What you’ll see below, where possible, is a short background on the movie and/or director, a preview of the original film or an excerpt, and then the tutorial. Thankfully, IMBD has some nice overview videos of famous directors. (Thanks, IMDB!)
The directors/movies are:
Stanley Kubrick/The Shining
Spike Lee/Do The Right Thing
Wes Anderson/Moonrise Kingdom
Stan Lee & Brian Cooglar / Black Panther
I am very excited to share this post. I wrote it way back in 2019, and have been saving and adding to it, while sharing other posts. Now it’s finally time to share. So with probably my longest blog post title yet, enjoy!
1. Stanley Kubrick, “The Shining”
The Shining is a movie adaptation of the book of the same name, written by mystery/thriller writer extraordinaire, Stephen King. The book was published in 1977. The movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1980.
Stanley Kubrick didn’t just make thrillers, but his movies did have a psychologically subversive twist to them. Kubrick was pretty influential in film making. Here’s a summary of his style, by IMDB.
The Shining is about a man who takes his family to live in an isolated mountain retreat as the winter caretakers. He…succumbs to the isolation.
Twist Out Tutorial In The Style Of “The Shining”
2. Spike Lee, “Do the Right Thing”
Do The Right Thing was released in 1989 and directed by Spike Lee. Many of his films, or joints, are set in New York City, and especially the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights or Bed Stuy. Many of his films’ themes center around race and society. He has some distinctive film making cues that this IMDB video showcases.
Do The Right Thing is about the day to day life for residents in a predominately black Brooklyn neighborhood during a hot summer. The tutorial picks up style and scene elements from this movie, some of which are seen in this trailer.
Wash and Go, in the style of Spike Lee (with Do The Right Thing references)
3. Wes Anderson, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Hair Puff Tutorial, in the style of Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
4. Alfred Hitchcock
Another dominating name in film making. Unlike Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock specialized in thrillers and psychological thrillers, only. Pretty much all of his movies and Alfred Hitchcock Presents shorts have a very similar style. Check out the guide below and the tutorial following.
5. Stan Lee/Ryan Cooglar, “Black Panther”
Black Panther is based on a comic by Marvel, heavily influenced by legendary comic book artist Stan Lee. The movie, released in 2018, immediately became a cultural phenomenon. This scene below is when the main character, T’chala, goes into the underground science lair to check out some new tools and suit. The director, Ryan Cooglar, has completed other movies, but not really enough to have a distinctive style.
Scene from Black Panther
Bantu knots tutorial, in the style of Black Panther
Greatly mimics the scene above.
What I liked about these tutorials were was not just the reference to pop culture — they also reflected the booming business of Black hair and the natural hair movement and acceptance within the African American community.
The business of Black hair is a big business and natural hair video tutorials are a popular sub-genre of beauty “vlogs” which are themselves very popular on YouTube. CNBC did a good job of summarizing the business of Black hair, in their video below, if you’re curious to learn more.