Morning breaks the night
Shards of colour in the light
Spreading hope and inspiring delight
In that brief moment there’s no fight
Firey waves through clouds ignite
It’s the morning, the day, a welcome sight

Getting my Etsy on!

Delighted and rather excited to share with you lovely lot that I’ve just opened a shop on Etsy

After much hesitation, many thoughts and some helpful motivation from folk, including some of you lovely people, I’ve set up Josie Dee Design on Etsy. Please have a look-see if you fancy, otherwise remain unmoved by the news and continue as was ;).
I hope you’re all having a lovely holiday and relishing whatever, cherishing whoever and enjoying your festivities.

I look forward to many more scribbles, sketches and sketchnotes in the new year. 

Take care you fab’lous folk. 

Cheers,

Josie x

An interesting read… Design

A lovely article by Chris Noessel about interaction design via the UXmas site.
(It’s a slightly longer read than my others so far, but stay with it)

http://uxmas.com/2014/7-things-i-wish-everyone-knew-about-interaction-design 

It’s a nice look into how we can answer the question “But, what is interaction design?”

I was lucky enough to see him speak at a conference last year about ‘How do I think new things?” and the concept he called ‘semantic noodling’. I think he’s one of those people with very infectious knowledge and obviously delights in what he does and speaks about.

Also well worth reading his book “Make it so” lessons we can learn in design from science fiction.

Hope you enjoy.

Cheers,

Josie x

An interesting read… Design

A nice article about the difference and similarities between Service design and Customer Experience

http://blog.usabilla.com/are-cx-and-service-design-the-same-thing/

A concise comaparrison between these two terms with links out to other articles exploring the relationship between these two terms and definititions.

As we embark into a world where everyone’s expecting services to be customer centric perhaps these two terms may become more synonymus.

Well worth a read 🙂

Cheers,

Josie x

An interesting read… Design

Here’s an article on UX and the future of the chatbot ‘interface’.

https://www.fastcodesign.com/3054934/the-next-phase-of-ux-designing-chatbot-personalities 

An interesting perspective on how our role in UX may need to adapt for interface-less interactions

As we embark into a world where everyone’s connected most of the time, being able to interact with all the technology that works to make our lives easier (or just more fun), it’s likely user experience design will head in this direction more and more.

Well worth a read 🙂

Cheers,

Josie x

Sketchnotes (3-4 min read)

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with it as a concept or even as a term but Sketchnoting is a great way to visualise and capture thinking, making sense of things and planning projects, presentations or even plot lines.

I’m not an expert by any means but wanted to share my experience with you as I’ve found it invaluable at work, with my writing, planning projects and for fun. There’s so much to say about this so I’ll try to keep it light and write some other bits another time.

I would highly recommend following Mike Rohde, Sunny Brown, Mauro Toselli Chris Noessel and Sketchnote Army on twitter if you’re interested in Sketchnoting.

One of my favourite things about it is that it’s so unique – everyone develops their own style, icons and typography as they go, no two Sketchnotes are the same. Even if you produce multiple Sketchnotes for the same thing you are unlikely to create the same note twice.

For those of you thinking

The good news is it doesn’t matter – the point of a Sketchnote is not to produce a piece of art work that stands alone for others to look at, but to produce a snapshot of/help articulate your understanding.

Sketchnoting is essentially a doodle:

Often doodling is mistaken as  lack of focus or interest, actually it’s been found that it can help;

  • Focus, retention and recall,
  • Manipulating concepts,
  • Creative problem-solving

Sunni Brown: “Doodling serves a myriad of functions that result in thinking, albeit in disguise.”

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Oxymoron

Was writing my script tonight and the word ‘Oxymoron’ came up, as a result this little bundle of words flew at me

You’re acting naturally
When you’re alone together
As the frost burns your hands
In the sunniest weather
It’s a spontaneous plan
When you’re living in the moment
Weighing up the options
When only choice is atonement

Your inconsequential actions
Have consequences at last
You’re moving through time
Yet living in the past
When silence speaks volumes
It shatters and screams
You’ve lost all perspective,
But you’re living a dream