The task for Daily UI 004 was to create a calculator. I thought a regular calculator was kind of boring so I sketched an idea for a simple calorie calculator app which can be used to guesstimage your daily consumption. The three buttons on the bottom are used to add or reduce calories from your consumption. The mechanism works the same way typing special characters on an iPad keyboard, slide down to reduce calories (push to add).
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Trying to catch up on my DailyUI tasks. This time a Credit Card Checkout form.
I took up the Daily UI design challenge to get better at UI design. Hopefully I’ll have enough time and energy to do one of these a day. Here’s my first creation:
You’ve created a fancy dashboard or a cool report. It tracks the latest and greatest vital information straight from a real-time API source updated every three minutes. You see the data refresh and gladly share it with your organization/client. And then you wait. Crickets.
The analytics and dashboard solutions I have worked with don’t actually tell me if anyone is using them. They do tell me what is going on at whatever I’m monitoring, but services like Google Analytics or Klipfolio don’t show any statistics on how often they have been viewed.
To be honest, this seems sort of a strange problem to begin with, kind of a “the shoemaker’s children go barefoot”-type of a situation. Fingers crossed someone who can make analytics for analytics happen reads this.
PS. This is my first post published with AMP enabled. I hope this makes reading it through social media easier.
PPS. Turns out AMP doesn’t work like I thought it would. I’ll look into this later.
Disclamer: There might or might be a possibility to actually monitor report/dashboard usage in the services I mentioned, but none I could find at the time I was working with them the last time.
I started writing daily posts at the beginning of April and now I’m up to 72 consecutive posts. When I started, I didn’t have an intention of writing something every day, but I got on a roll and kept on going. I don’t write a stack of posts and then schedule them out during the week, I either write them on the day I post or the day before. Writing every day is fun, but lately I’ve been getting more and more busy with other things in my life and I feel like it’s affecting the quality of my posts. From now on, I’ll be writing more infrequently, when I have more time and energy. I don’t know if there will be a regular schedule for when I want to post, but I’m thinking about writing longer posts on weekends and when I have more time off. Thanks for reading.
A busy road I use to commute has been under construction for the better part of a year. Sometimes the lowered speed limit starts too far from the construction site or doesn’t end when it’s no longer needed. Drivers aren’t dumb and speed up when there’s no apparent need to drive slowly. Sprinkle enough redundant limits and people will question following them altogether.
Don’t create restrictions unless there’s an actual need to do so and when you do, make sure the reasons and benefits are clear to everyone. Every additional meter of a speed limit that’s no longer applicable devalues its power and respect.
You can enforce limits on people either by fear of punishment or by creating a reason to do so that benefits them. Which one do you think works better?
Cloud services aimed at businesses offer a cost-effective and a hassle-free way to create a digital service which would otherwise need a team of developers, a lot of money and expensive hosting. Most of them are mouse driven and require little to no technical knowledge after the initial setup. But when is using a cloud based service not the route you should take? Consider these questions first:
- Do you need custom features?
- Should the data be hosted at a certain location (country, continent) due to legal reasons?
- Do you know exactly what your requirements are or should there be room for improvising new features?
- How well does the cloud service scale feature and price wise?
- Have you reviewed all of the use cases for the service and compared them to its features?
- Are you prepared to accept an arbitrary limitation that might pop up and prevent something from working the way you thought it would?
I’m a big fan of using cloud services, but they’re not a magical one-size-fits-all solution. The better your own specification and planning for what you want out of a cloud service, the easier it is to figure out if it fits your business’ needs.