Maison Médicale de Ghlin
Took a little long but smooth process.
👉 MMG homepage
LUCA School of Arts
First client in the new big process. Went well.
👉 LUCA homepage
First client with the small client process. The process needs to be adapted to clients that don't have the time or resources to think in depth about the design of their platform though.
👉 Bruss-it homepage (InVision)
Cool style guide and one of the best page I designed IMHO.
👉 "Mon air, mon école/Mijn lucht mijn school" landing page
Good communication with Thomas. Style guide quite limited and not easy to work with only red but I like the end result.
👉 Bruzz homepage (InVision)
Rode Neuzen Dag
Rode Neuzen Dag has a specific way of working. In order to match their expectation and our product without reinventing the wheel.
Good brand identity here, easy to play with colours and interesting typography.
👉 Welzijnszorg homepage Phase 1 (InVision)
Good style guide and I'm happy with the phase 1. Now I'm waiting for feedback on the three versions but I feel it will be a nice homepage.
👉 Bake-A-Wish homepage Phase 1 (InVision)
Waiting for client's input to start designing Homepage Phase 1.
CMS planning and research have started with a full planning and a listening tour. It is a new feature for me because I've never touched it, hence the challenge 💪
I wrote a piece on Basecamp about the process I'm going through
I'm dividing the CMS (which shouldn't be called that way BTW) in three parts:
The CMS lets clients manage the content of their platform. Homepage, static pages, blog, FAQ, contact page,... It would use a drag and drop system to build pages and a simple editor for blog posts. Custom homepages should be editable too through a system we still need to define with dev team. 🌋
What I'm calling the backoffice is actually what we would call the CMS now without the content management (hence the wrong naming habit). It includes the lists of projects, organisations (groups?), transactions (activities?) and users. On top of that one shall manage Finances, Campaigns, Deals, Orders, Tickets, Donations, Votes, ... here too. 🙌
- Koalect dev
I don't know how to call it yet but it would our own part of the CMS to manage and create platforms.
Planning-wise would finish the working prototype of the CMS (1. CMS) by the end of this year as it's the most urgent thing to do. Then a lot would already be designed to add the backoffice and then afterwards the Koalect dev part.
Took more time than expected 🗓 and had to cut quite a lot of features.
Dynamic Payment Procedure
Which is now in development 🎉
Small banner that will appear on the website to advertise 20km platforms.
The about page is raising from the dead. Please send me your best profile picture 🙏
Lots of translation from Dtuch and English to French for email, copy,...
Clients are calling mainly for problem with their websites.
Admin + office
The search for a new office took a noticeable amount of time time but we're hopefully done here. I'm still taking care of Tickets Restaurant and fiches de paies but it doesn't take long (when there's no issue).
Update Koalect Design website
The website aims to collect processes, relevant information and thoughts regarding the design of Koalect and our platforms. It helps me document my work too 🙌
I'm listing UX jobs and select relevant ones depending on the project I work on. First attempt with the CMS redesign which is going well. I have to find a balance between the amount of UX activites and the pace I have to ship stuff. If I have to choose my favorite activity, it would be the listening tour. This was a series of great meetings very interesting. Funny to see how everybody is giving more or less the same opinion but with their own point of view.
Let people know design research and future features. Didn't work well in the NEST as we're not working from the same floor and other people sometimes need the walls. I'm willing to try this again in out brand new office ✨
Curious about how it will go, let's rock it!
Test of Basecamp going pretty well for client related stuff but also to manage my design process that doesn't fit Jira the way it does with Basecamp. Love it 😍
Since the new client design process has been setup, I do feel like I'm producing better work. I have less annoying feedback from clients and even if I'm still struggeling sometimes to produce three differents versions of a homepage, the effort is lower than this long back and forth old way of working 🙌
Smart City Event
Marche-en-Famenne — September 19th
Braga — October 10th - 13th
Brussels — October 19th
Namur — November 2nd-3rd
- Adobe XD
I tried it but I can't find anything better than Sketch + InVision.
- InVision Studio
Haven't tried it yet as it's not released but InVision is building a Sketch competitor with more animation features which could be helpful.
- Project Management for Humans by Brett Harned
- Remote by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
- Design Ethics by Mike Monteiro
- Toolkit of a Product Designer by Adhithya Kumar, Product Designer at OpenDNS
- When collaboration becomes a chore by Gustavs Cirulis, Design Lead at Intercom
- 13 Coworkers Who Are Crucial to Your Success as a UX Designer by Guy Ligertwood, UX designer
- Escaping e-mail hell by Julie Zhuo Product Design VP at Facebook
- Thinking about design patterns by Andrew Chraniotis, Designer at Avocarrot
- A quoi sert la nouvelle “démarche qualité” de la Région wallonne? by Olivier De Doncker, President of the FeWeb
- The Also/Or Dilemma by Jason Fried, Founder & CEO at Basecamp
- How to Not Suck at Remote Working by Tobias Van Schneider, Designer
- Practical Time Management for Designers by Ryan West, UX director at Honeywell
- Why work doesn't happen at work
- Design Disruptors by InVision
- 1% Inspiration. 99% Designing, Prototyping and Testing by Stephen Gates, Global creative director
I wish indiviuals in the company to be transparent about what they do and who they aim to become. In order to do that, I wanted to share with you what you maybe don't always see.
Last couple of weeks have been pretty though with the amount of work at Koalect and therefore made me lazy when I get home. Ourson is in a slow mode for now but it's only a question of energy management. Each time someone talk to me about Ourson, it gives me a boost and the willingness to continue.
I had a meeting with all the other teachers which was good. I fit well in the team even if I only teach a small course and people take my opinion seriously.
A List Apart 🤓
A List Apart is an online magazine that began as a newsletter back in 1998. It's one of the more respected resource about web design and development and its editor-in-chief is none other than Jeffrey Zeldman. A List Apart is willing to expand their reach in the web community and that's where I'll play a role as an ambassador in Belgium. We would like to organize meetups around a topic we'd choose each month. I still have to figure that out but being part of this big and qualitative community is rewarding and it makes me feel less alone as the only designer at Koalect. I think my network in the web and the fact I'm part of HEAJ team can bring enough people together to have meaningful conversation.
- CMS 💥
- Project & org settings
- Street sales
I think what I set up in the last months have been bearing fruits.
To improve 📈
One always has to improve and can't take anything for granted. In that spirit, I intend to talk with others about my work as often as I can. I already started to share my progress through Basecamp and this blog.
Design - Development collaboration 📣
I had a one-to-one meeting with every Antoine which helped to improve our collaboration but I'd like to go further in order to synchronise design and front-end through a design system.
UI design 🖌
I'm not the kind of designer with a particularly fun touch. This has already been an issue with some clients (ParkinsonFonds, Jessa,...). I'm still improving and am quite proud of what I did with Bruss-it or Greenpeace in that spirit for example.
I had a few things outside work lately (hospital, doctor appointments and kiné) but the fact I work in goals helps me hold deadlines despite this. For other concerns I've heard around, don't worry I'm fine. Doctors are checking things up and I may have some issues but nothing bad for the moment, they just need to be followed up 💃