I used this week’s design challenge to create an app that can completely replace the smart TV remote.

Left: the television functionality, Right: the streaming functionality

Television Functionality

The television functionality offers the user the ability to browse the channel guide to see what’s on TV. They can also use a keypad or arrows to go to a specific channel as well as control the volume. Users can use the search and filter functionality to find specific programming…

A flight search tool that isn’t destination-based

I decided to create a flight search tool that catered to users who didn’t have a particular date or destination in mind, but rather, wanted to browse available flights narrowed down by other factors.

I chose to feature four primary filters as well as a tucked away filter option to…

I used this week’s design challenge to learn about splash screens then create my own.

What is a splash screen?

Sample splash screens

A splash screen is the first thing users see when they open an app. It serves as a loading screen before bringing the user to the landing page. It can also be used to collect login info. It is important that this screen represents your brand and product because even…

I used this week’s design challenge to create a 404 page.

First let’s quickly examine a default 404 error page:

This page has a few usability issues.

  1. This page is a complete dead end. There are no buttons or links on the page to bring the user back to the site they started on. This forces the user to use the…

This week’s design challenge was to create a progress bar. I decided to make one that tracks a user’s progress through a book.

Progress through the book to help the dog reach its toy

In my experience, on the spectrum of readers, there are two extremes:

  1. The Blackhole Readers (this includes me!): readers who start a book before bed and don’t stop until there’s suddenly no more pages left and the sun is up. All those hours vanished in a literary blackhole.
  2. The Foot…

I used this week’s design challenge to create a set of dynamic buttons.

A primary CTA button is used to indicate the most likely or desired course of action. More visual weight is given to this button. The contrast might be greater, the colors might be bolder, etc. In short, the primary CTA is more readable.

I decided to create a set of…

I used this week’s design challenge to create variations of loading animations for different use cases.

I created three loading animations for different uses.

1. Traditional progress bar for when the system wants to show progress and has the information to know how much progress as been made and how much is left (traditionally viewed as a percentage).

I used this week’s design challenge to create an image slider that displays products in a useful context for customers.

Buying furniture online is convenient, but it makes it harder to imagine the piece in a real room. In showrooms, pieces are set up in context — there’s other furniture so it feels like a real room.

Showing a piece in context rather than just on a white background could…

Julia Deutsch

Product Manager with a background in computer engineering, design, business consulting, and agile methodology

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