Yosemite’s Lukewarm Preferences Tabs

The Yosemite Finder Preferences tab bugs me. It’s a tab that inspires to be a button. Perhaps it’s a button that lost its way. Being stuck in the middle is not healthy for anyone – see Revelation 3:15-16. I wanted to help the little guy make up its mind.

Here’s  the preferences tab embracing its tabbiness (yep, I’m sure it’s a real word).

Finder Tab

Here’s the Finder tab becoming a button. This is not a great metaphor, buttons do things instead of aiding navigation.

Finder Button





You Touch it, You Bring it up to Code

My wife wanted some “minor” changes done to our home. Move a wall here, and add a walk-in closet there. Happy wife, happy life. I took on the challenge. I learned that remodeling a house is similar to developing a product. I want to apply the concept of “you touch it, you bring it up to code” to my life as a UX Designer.

While submitting the plans to the building department, I learned that the rooms had to be brought up to code. For example, there must be at least one electrical outlet per wall. Apparently people have more electric devices now than 40 years ago. These little things reminded me of scope creep at work. The changes required more time, man hours, and resources. Though costly, the changes make the home a better place.

As a UX Designer, I get to “remodel” parts of Marketo’s platform. Some of the areas are older than others. We have new design patterns and styles. I want to use the concept of “you touch it, you bring it up to code” on my projects. This incurs extra costs. Especially when the remodeling calls for a simple change, like changing a button or text. It’s worth it. It pays long term with better UX.

I enjoy working with engineers, PMs, and UX Designers that embrace the concept of “you touch it, you bring it up to code”.

I guess this is a new year’s resolution. 2015 looks promising!

The UX of Learning from Rebukes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

As a UX Designer, I have to present my designs to many people. From peers to the CEO of the company. This can be a tough process. It’s like someone commenting on how you raise your kids.  This was especially difficult as a new UX Designer. I’m blessed to work with people that are direct. It challenges to be a better designer. Sometimes a rebuke is better than a critique.

Here’s my initial design of a “dashboard”.


Here’s the final one after going through a gauntlet of critiques and a rebuke.


Pride is a disease that can blind a UX Designer. Criticism, critiques and rebukes are the medicine.