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Why? — Design system by Hal (part 2)

Accessible, intuitive, and end-to-end As companies grow in the digital space, they need to build scalable, robust, and intuitive solutions. A design system will enable teams to build these solutions faster, more efficiently, and …
June 5, 2022
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3 min read
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Deliver with less fuss — a Jira Software guide for Designers

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the constant work with no way to manage and prioritise your work? Well, this is the guide for you! Introducing: Deliver with less fuss. This is a practical …
May 21, 2022
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5 min read
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Steal like an artist —Book review

TL;DR A short and small book to inspire and kickstart your creativity. Less is more and embracing that approach should allow bringing value to your work and users. Beautiful things can come in small …
May 20, 2022
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8 min read
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What? — Design system by Hal (part 1)

A design system is an ever-evolving ecosystem of inputs and outputs — not just a set of components and colours, but a repository of guidelines and a way of thinking that helps guide our …
April 9, 2022
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3 min read
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Shapes & Consciousness

Symbology plays a significant role in how we communicate amongst ourselves. We use them to help convey an idea or story. I’ll explain how I use symbols to outline different levels of consciousness. The …
February 19, 2022
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10 min read
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Articulating Design Decisions — Book review

TL;DR This book focuses on helping designers understand, listen, respond, and follow up during those critical design decisions. We sometimes forget that being a designer is about 50% communication and being able to help …
February 11, 2022
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4 min read
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What did the World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 teach us?

We visited the World Press Photo Exhibition in 2020 and found it was a great way to step outside of our bubble. This eye-opening event highlights the news stories around the world that you …
November 7, 2020
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7 min read
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The Human-Computer 💁‍♀️ 🖥

Ithought this would be a great analogy to explore. The human body is already a bioelectric machine, producing around 100 watts of power. Our heart acts as a pump to push cells around our …
July 7, 2019
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8 min read
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Rote learning with a twist of lemon

Rote learning is a memorisation technique based on repetition. The idea is that one will be able to quickly recall the meaning of the material the more one repeats it. This method of learning …
March 16, 2019
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5 min read
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Did the Time Machine movie predict modern-day society?

The intensity and speed are forcing us to consume into the void. Rational, critical, thinking is slowly taking a back seat. A good reference to this is the Time Machine. A film about a …
May 12, 2018
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6 min read
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Bolivia is Beyond

A wondrous country filled with an array of intriguing history, food, people and landscapes. Ancient history One of my first ventures around Bolivia was a trip to see the ancient Tiwanaku civilisation. Not much …
May 1, 2016
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2 min read
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Peru is Perfect

I loved this country so much that I had to go twice to fully appreciate the beauty of the culture, history and landscapes. Landscapes Peru has a vast array of landscapes, from deserts to …
April 4, 2016
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2 min read
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Sennen in its Cove

After long years of non-stop working, I wanted to get away to a place in the UK that had it all – the beauty of a sunset casting its shadow across the sands, the …
May 1, 2012
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Kurdistan and its Northern landscape

A fragmented culture longing for somewhere to belong. The beautiful landscapes seem like a world away from reality within the Iraqi deserts. The Spring The Spring was awash with wonderful colours – untouched and …
April 1, 2010
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Paris & Circles

Paris is unique, and we know that by the Eiffel tower and the many more monuments that stand within the city limits. But beyond that lies a hidden trail of circles. The circle is …
July 1, 2008
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1 min read