Responsive Emails: Patterns and resources
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Who knew? Facebook has developed a tool for quickly building interactive prototypes.
They call that tool Origami.
I had not heard anything about this tool until today.
Here’s what the Origami team has to say about the inspiration behind this tool:
"Most designers today create static mockups to communicate app ideas. But increasingly apps are anything but static, which means as designers we need a better tool for interaction design.
"Origami is a free toolkit for Quartz Composer—created by the Facebook Design team—that makes interactive design prototyping easy and doesn’t require programming."
Oh, did I forget to mention that this tool is free to use?
Earlier this afternoon, Fast Company held a live chat with the creators of this tool.
Here’s how they set up that chat:
"This week, the news was dominated by Facebook’s new product called Paper, an iPhone app that reconsidered the Facebook feed as a gorgeous collection of gesture-controlled text and images. But to build Paper, Facebook used a secret weapon. They named it Origami, and it’s a tool the development team built in-house to rapidly prototype Paper’s unique user interface.
"Now, every designer at Facebook is being trained in Origami to quickly mockup up interfaces without the need for coders. But the company has also released it for free for anyone else to use, too. Today, the creators of Origami are joining us to tell you anything you’d like to know about it.”
We should also know that Origami is a free plugin for Quartz Composer (which is a free app Apple offers its developer community).
But a lot of us haven’t actually used it yet. So I’d like to get started with a simple question: What can Origami do, and what can’t it do?
Samuel Pushpak asked the question:
Does the Facebook design team plan to launch any tutorials or books to learn Origami?
This is something I’m really passionate about. Origami is really powerful but I know there’s a learning curve there as well. We’re working on getting out more documentation and video tutorials. We’ve also seen a number of people in the community doing this as well, which is really exciting. There are some examples and videos out there already that people can download and watch to get started.
From our experience teaching Origami & Quartz Composer to designers at Facebook, what people seem to find most helpful are example files that show how to mock up common interaction patterns. We plan on releasing a lot more example compositions that designers can build on.
You can read the entire chat transcript here:
I am definitely intrigued by this tool and plan on checking it out and seeing what can be done with it soon.
More info on the Facebook design team here:
Also, check out Facebook Design Labs, the team that came up with the Paper app:
To good not to share:
Love the idea of sketching your idea 6 times.
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Everybody hates meetings, rights?
Why, though? Why do we hate meetings?
Is it because we feel they take time away from our “real” work?
Is it because we feel nothing gets accomplished during them?
Maybe our feelings about meetings would improve if we actually spent some time trying to make them better?
I find that we in this business tend to be horrible about having an agenda for our meetings, and tend to be pretty lax or horrible about follow-up or next steps coming out of our meetings.
My personal policy has become to take notes (either written or typed) or be ready to take notes for every meeting I attend.
- I make sure I am paying attention and not getting off-task with distractions for other work (also helps me stay awake if need be) and
- if nothing else, I’ll have my own list of action items coming out of the meeting (even if nobody else does).
I’ve also found that simply by being the note-taker and thus next-step-disseminator, you can greatly influence what those next steps are or at least what the tone of those next steps are.
These functions (taking notes, distributing next steps/action items coming out of meetings) are typically relegated, if at all, to the least experienced person in the room, and, in my opinion, they can be among the most important part of any meeting.
I cannot speak for everyone, but for me, I have definitely cut down on my feelings of “well, that meeting was a waste of time,” since I started implementing that modus operandi.
Panels can be insanely wasteful experiences. I spend about a thousand bucks to get a conference ticket, plane flight and hotel to show up in a room where there’s 4 people on stage sitting at a cheap table giving me what is, essentially, an NFL half time report.
If you’re on a panel, don’t let it suck.
They all suck by default. It’s just built into what a panel is, I guess…
But there’s some things you can do to bring focus and intentionality to your panel and make it something truly great.
First thing I want you to do is take a piece of paper and put 2 lines on it, dividing it into 3 sections.
Make some worksheets. Worksheets require two things from you:
- they show you’ve done some work, you’ve prepared for this thing.
- they show you’ve thought for at least a second about who the audience is and have at minimum a sliver of care for why they’re at this conference.
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