So I know I just uploaded a post, but I had more to say, that didn’t have anything to do with design lingo & jargon.

I try and be as compliant as FUCK!


It has been embedded in me from… I don’t know when, childhood? And studying a science at university and then working in compliance in a heavily regulated industry just embedded it more?

So, from what I understand about the design industry, its about thinking outside the box to; as Mike Monteiro said in the This is the golden age of design! video:

“Lesson number one: if you don’t like how the world is designed…
Change it”

And all my compliant mind wants to know is, “yes, OK. Under which parameters against what specification?”

I think, that this will be a HUGE challenge for me as I have never really been able to think outside of the box. I have only been able to think between the flags. As long as it’s within the confinements of regulation, its doable.

I am excited… But I am also scared… or am I? Because I know that if I don’t get it straight away, I know that I will get impatient with myself and I think… most of all… THAT is what I am scared about. Because I am my own worst enemy….

So in the world of design, I must remember this:


Signing off
~ Fox


Design Lingo & Jargon

OK. I know, posting twice on the same day… Like does this fox even have a life?
The answer to that is yes.

So just to discuss here some of the things I have learned so far:

(my homework was listed in this post)

But first, I watched this other video, Dear Design Student which was recommended by Design Yoda.
There were three design veteran experts/veterans; Liam Campbell, Erika Hall and Mike Monteiro, were on a panel for questions and discussions surrounding the design industry from people who are already in it and for those just starting out.

So the main points that I took away from this video were:

  • “They think that design is a spread that you put on a crappy solution” – Erika HallMy understanding is that you start off with the problem/issue/root cause. You then think of solutions or mitigations… basically, JUST ideas.
    You then design the solutions. You just don’t make them, implement them and hope for the best.
  • “Give zero Fucks” – Erika Hall
    An answer to a question regarding women in the design industry, because a lot of women, including myself are worried about being liked. And what I should be worried about is doing my work and my enthusiasm and passion for the work that I want to do, will make me likable
  • Getting to know good smart people and having good relationships with them, will help me better move around in my career
  • “The more people who refuse to stay in a negative situation, is feedback for that system”Applicable to work environments.
    I don’t think people realise the strength that they have in numbers. If they don’t like something, challenge the status quo and if that gets exhausting because they won’t listen, LEAVE! it took me so long to learn that.
  •  Liam Campbell likes Steven Universe. So I no longer feel like I am the only adult that watches that show


Now to some lingo that popped up

Context Aware:

In terms of design, it refers to the space within which you are designing in

Example: There’s the context of the product – what it is used for, who by, what it’s made of. Then there is the context of the making: by who, where, when, how long, with what. And then you can delve further into pre-manufacture

Now to a couple of articles that I read about Human Centered Design (hereafter known as HCD)

One main one that most people refer to is one from, where it states that:

“Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving… It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs.”

That was a good two paragraphs that explain an introductory definition.

But as always, I wanted MORE…..

So the next article was from Francesca (Franki) Simonds where she gave a good overview of what HCD is and explained that it is a framework that is linked to methodologies like user experience (UX) design, service design, user interface (UI) design and more. Also, just a side note; a methodology is a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity.

So, going back to the article; she explained that HCD encompasses all of those things, so when you would see jobs on job boards looking for UX designers, or UX/UI designers, they are just designers using JUST one or TWO methodologies, when there is a whole lot of methods and ways of thinking to apply to the design process.

Which, I have now decided, I don’t want to just be a UX designer. I want to be a HCD designer! (yes I know that may not be a thing, but bear with me on this) I want to be able to utilise all tools. Not just one! How can you think outside of the box and design something with just ONE tool! OK I know people with a chisel can make carvings of… I dunno.. Ducks… but sooner rather than later, you will get sick of making ducks and you won’t want to make or give any ducks at all…. (did you see what I did there? :P)


 OK, so going back to what I have learned thus far about HCD.
HCD is a framework which includes the following methodologies are used or applied to solve a problem.
The methodologies are as follows: (please note: all of the following information is my understanding of what Franki Simonds wrote in her article, also, I do not understand all of it yet…)
  • Service Design:
    Organising people and processes to make things run more efficient. I am thinking value stream mapping in lean daily management would be a good tool for this.
  • Experience Design:
    Not to be mistaken with UX design.
    Still trying to figure the difference out with examples
  • User Experience Design (UX)
  • User interface design

There is so much more that I need to read up, so I am going to leave this homework here for now and come back to it later.

Signing off

Panics and Learnings


So leading on from yesterday, when I was panicking about if I should be moving in to UX or not (just been told today, by design Yoda that UX doesn’t exist, it’s a buzz word. From now on I am either using just design or human centered design). I was told to go to this YouTube video and start watching it. I mean what else do you do with a YouTube video right?

It is a video of a designer named Mike Monteiro and it made me think a lot. And I mean actual useful thoughts, not the usual over thinking that I do.

Basically I realised some of these things:

  • I do not want to be part of a bulk bought group of designers. I don’t want to be considered as a sea monkey, where a huge chunk of the group of designers, are expected to fail.
  • I also want to be someone’s “Andy” (watch the video if you want to know what I mean)

Design Yoda also told me yesterday that I would have to do an internship, to start learning in the role and from someone else. Hopefully. I do know and understand that in a new career I would obviously start from the bottom, especially considering I came from a chemistry background and not a design background. But, I was really nervous and upset about it, again I started to panic about the lack of funds, perhaps the lack of respect you could get as an intern ( I don’t want to be getting coffees all day for people), the fact that I wont be able to rent my own place and more….

All of those things made me nervous. And then I realised something…

As an intern, I will have no expectations on me regarding what I produce. My expectations will be at first, how much I learn and how willing I am to learn. And how I apply what I have learned to the work.

And, I am so very willing to learn. I am actually pleased with the idea; if and only if I have a great mentor, that I will be fresh meat to mold into something amazing. I have the potential, I know that I do. I just need the guidance. Otherwise, I have actually been feeling lost. There are so many websites out there, that it has been so easy to get confused and mixed up in buzz words and to have analysis paralysis.


Overthinking time! Source

So, today by Design Yoda, I was given some homework. And it’s actually pretty OK to have this homework. It’s a boundary of where I should start, instead of just starting and looking at everything.


  • Start learning the lingo
  • Bookmark all of your websites that I come across today learning about design; the good and the bad.
  • look up design and things that I know (like science, food, chemistry, video games…)

Its not a lot… but its still a hefty amount of learnings…