A quick video diary of a trip shopping and grabbing lunch in Temescal. We walked from 45th Ave up to the Alley 49th Ave up Telegraph. Featured: Creative Reuse Center, Cholita Linda (yucca fries and fish tacos are my go-to there!), Stranded Records, Crimson Horticultural Rarities (love this place), Music is Roses by Abra.
Daylights savings time is in full effect here in California. Sadly this makes our days shorter than they are already becoming as we progress into winter. Still it has been a productive couple of weeks since officially starting the studio.
This year I went to Halloween parties that were in the weeks leading up to the actual day. My friend hosted a costume party at her apothecary shop in Oakland (EARTHSHIP in Temescal) - in the daytime the shop has all the best west coast cool girl shit (they carry Rituel De Fille makeup, Floss Gloss nail polish and Tracy Tanner leather bags, just to name a few) and when they occasionally host events at night it transforms into an enchanted space that's got me feeling some type of way.
And the following weekend, a costume boat party. All those YouTube makeup tutorials paid off when I pulled off a last min mystical deer type animal.
A delicious and regenerative harvest meal later that week to ease us into November.
And back at the Earthship this first week of November (can you tell I love the place?), friend and mushroom master David Gardella lead a workshop on mead!
And finally, I got a new desk and have been enjoying the sit/stand lyfe for nearly a week now. I highly recommend the SKARSTA desk from Ikea. Great value. Here is a photo of me finally enjoying my desk setup after the long processing of organizing the office area to be.. just so.
I wanted to not like the Pantone mug but it quickly became my favorite. The material feels strong but light and thin. Reminds me of my beloved Corningware dinner plates.
A moment shared with the corner of the room where my desk would soon be. Best believe I burned some Palo Santo and got the space ready to house a vortex of productivity and creativity. :)
Until next time, thanks for reading!
My second trip to the East Coast this summer. I learned to pack less boots and more tank tops. I didn't want to like NYC, because then I would want to live there, but I am grateful for the ability to visit and dip into its vibe here and there. I had a fresh iPhone 6 camera to test out which translated into self-documentation style vlog. I was able to capture moments I wouldn't usually feel worthy of the added inconvenience of lugging around a DSLR. Folks seem pretty surprised to learn it was all shot on an iPhone 6. What do you think? Check it out below along with a few photos of some of the epic street art I encountered.
One of my favorite parts of usability research is the fly-on-the-wall style cognitive walkthrough. You can get as low or high tech as you want with such a test but essentially you have the subject or user attempt to complete a task and ask them to vocalize their thought process. Tests like this usually provide all matter of insights the visual style and usability of the app.
The cognitive walkthrough is a usability evaluation method in which one or more evaluators work through a series of tasks and ask a set of questions from the perspective of the user.
The focus of the cognitive walkthrough is on understanding the system's learnability for new or infrequent users. The cognitive walkthrough was originally designed as a tool to evaluate walk-up-and-use systems like postal kiosks, automated teller machines (ATMs), and interactive exhibits in museums where users would have little or no training. However, the cognitive walkthrough has been employed successfully with more complex systems like CAD software and software development tools to understand the first experience of new users. (Source)
I've been searching for the right format to do app reviews and decide to try and combine cognitive walkthrough style reviews with a popular video genre on YouTube called First Impression videos. Someone films themselves having a first impression to a service, product, art, ect. Kind of like unboxing videos. I decided to try and film myself doing a cognitive walkthrough / first impression / rapid fire critique of an app I had been seeing in the headlines: Tribe. The articles I came across (screen shots in the video) were commenting on the "pivot" the company had made from a Snapchat style private photo sharing service to something that was marketed towards weed smokers.
I'm not sure how well this worked. I found that the most valuable insights came to me after the fact so I ended up adding graphics and text to call those out and clarify on some of the industry lingo I dropped in the video. I should mention that I cite my Mental Notes deck throughout the video. Check it out: