July 2, 2019No Comments

Coming Soon: Shopping Experience Design Podcast!

I've been on a podcast kick lately and found so many wonderful and informing shows on fashion, retail and designs out there.

I especially enjoy interviews featuring designers who talk about their work and their design philosophy. Like Design Details. And as a solo designer now, I secretly imagine them as my coworkers haha!

And bam! Idea: Shopping Experience Design Podcast

And then this idea hit me. Why don't I start a podcast that focuses on two of my favorite topics: user experience design and ecommerce?

I'll have the perfect excuse to talk and learn from all these designers and product managers and technologists, and will be able to share their insights with other designers.

Perfect!

Topics we'll explore in this podcast series

  • How are the designers/PMs/Engineers responding to current online shopping trends
  • What they love about working on design and technology in ecommerce
  • What are some challenges they see in design and technology in the retail industry
  • How do they work with the rest of the teams to deliver outstanding shopping experience for customers
  • How do they manage the ever-changing landscape of design and technology in ecommerce

And so many more!

I think the pilot episode should be released by the end of July. (just giving myself some time to learn how to even produce a podcast =)) So stay tuned and be excited!

July 1, 2019No Comments

My workspace setup

This is my current setup for design work. Not the fanciest through my stints at different startups in the Bay Area, but this is what I've put together for myself at the coworking space now and it's been working pretty well!

Computer and accessories

  • 13" MacBook Pro 2016
  • Philips E-Line 24" LCD monitor
  • Logitech keyboard

I like the left and right setup in which I can do the majority of the work on the large monitor, and use the small laptop screen to check for smaller screen size renditions.

Furniture

  • Ikea bar table and bar stool
ikea bar table and stools
ikea bar table and stools

This is the standing desk option that the coworking space provides. It actually works surprisingly well! I would stand for about 25 minutes, take a short walk and fill my water bottle, then sit for about 25 minutes.

I find that this posture rotation has been really helpful for my back!

Productivity tools

Be Focused timer

I use Be Focused as a pomodoro type timer so I focus for 25 minutes and rest for 5 minutes. I usually do about 10 pomodoros per day, which amounts to 5 hours of focus time.

Toggl

I use Toggl for project time tracking throughout the day.

There, now you know how the sausage design is made!

Dreaming of a new space

I AM dreaming of a little studio space which I can customize and design the interior for maximum creativity, and hopefully there will be other designers who would join me in this awesome space that will be home to many ideas we'll come up with together! Just putting it out there for the universe!

June 20, 2019No Comments

Hello new site!

Whoa, after 14 years of the old blog, I present to you the new portfolio and blog of Yachin You!

There are lots of new things coming that I want to share here with you all. There will be posts on design ideas, life as a UX designer and occasionally probably thoughts on movement and sports, my other favorite thing to do when I'm not designing!

Stay tuned and I'm glad you're here =)