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That's cool, ! - I like the image you selected. IMHO she has a kind face. 😊




Thriftshop find for 😎 Some kids version of Mastermind... 6 USD, too good to pass! I know it's presumptuous, given that hasn't even been pitched to a publisher yet - but I'm already thinking "My First Checkpoint Rally" 🤩😜😁




Some products are a hit, and some are downright flops. If you want to avoid the latter, then skip the “smart” novelties and build something worth dreaming about:




TEASER - My 80% scale foamboard Wall-E scale prototype. I'll be turning this into an Arduino-Powered replica of the cutest robot in movie history.







off challenge. Working on this week's challenge. Finished completely, except for the smaller screens, where the alignment problem arises.




Notre équipe était présente à l' pour présenter le premier prototype liant notre application à notre carotte connectée !













Impresión de un prototipo funcional de cubierta de motor en resina amarilla.
















Rapid : von der Idee zum interaktiven Prototypen in 60min. Unsere erste Session auf dem war ein Riesenspaß :) Danke an alle Teilnehmer*innen



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Weblium DIY - turbo AI website building tool

Recently we presented you Draftium turbo prototyping tool for websites. Now Syndicode comes up with the other tool made by the same Weblium Studio team. This is Weblium DIY – turbo AI website building tool!

Weblium DIY is a turbo AI website building tool that was launched on January …

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Still a big work in progress buuuut I now have a 5 and ½ feet tall Tetris with a wireless controller. It was modeled in Fusion360 then 530 LEDs, some laser cut cardboard, and a knock off USB NES controller combined with an Arduino Mega and Pro Mini (with my code) brought it to life. It’s not too pretty to look at for now but it plays well 🤷🏻‍♂️
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#diy #makersgonnamake #makers #maker #arduino #geek #nerdlife #nerd #electronics #prototype #prototyping #soldering #electronics #tetris #lasercutting #lasercut #adafruit #NES #computer #computerscience #compsci #fusion360 #autocad #autodesk
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Engaging Others (Monday, 18th Feb)

Today we got a short prototyping exercise: to prototype a situation, where foreign tourists end up in a place where they understand neither the language or signs and no brochures are available in their language. The purpose of this was to let an imaginable design team experience the situation and frustrations that a tourist might have in a foreign country where they are limited to communicating with the locals, ask for help and find that help themselves.

Below is a sketch of a map pointing to a destination where the tourist wants to go. The destination name is written in made-up characters. The tourist doesn’t know which direction and from which busstop to go in order to get there. We tried to simulate the situation where two students were speaking their native languages and it was in fact difficult to establish any understanding between them:

A part of our group tested giving directions to each other in a language that the receiver doesn’t understand and then switching to emojis in order to make it easier, but an interesting thing happened: emojis differ in color between iPhone and Android, therefore the message was interpreted incorrectly. Meaning, the green emoji was sent to say “I am in a green cubicle”, when the received blue emoji was perceived as “it’s a snowflake, she is outside”:

This gave some valuable insight to the importance of avoiding any ambiguity from signs and how challenging it is actually to depict something that will be perceived the same way by people from any cultural background.

Another part of our group imagined the tourist to be in a museum and they made a little audio prototype as an audio guide about museums exhibits. Students listened to several languages that they don’t understand and tried to make sense from the information from some words that they might grasp.

Video Prototyping: Prototyping a Flexible Device (Saturday, 16 Feb)

For the video prototyping our group decided to make a lo-fi prototype of a flexible screen device that could be used as a tablet, smartphone and laptop-sized TV-screen. Here are our sketches of the prototype and storyline for the video:

Sketching out the way to make one piece of cardboard fold to 3 different devices – TV/laptop, tablet and smartphone – and also make them stand on a surface when user needs it:

We made several cardboard versions to imitate the device in the video prototype being able to fold into smartphone as we figured we can’t actually fold a cardboard four times, but it will be possible to show our idea by using different forms in the video by cutting the story in the right places as it would allow us to change between the different prototypes:

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Played with a unity particles system a bit. Hey unite powerful and completely free tool by the way. #unity #madewithunity #ui #ux #uianimation #animation #likes #favorites #particles #valentinesday #phisics #prototyping #uxdesign #uxdesigner
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Pax - Update #1

So this past week, I worked a total of 45 min on App development.

I worked a little bit on the Intro to Javascript tutorial on Codecademy, and I also worked on a prototype on Figma. While I obviously, wish that I did more, I think that’s one of the banes of human existence, I am extremely happy with what I did complete.

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One last #MachiningPorn shot for the week. It is possible that I may be sick. I am seriously considering scraping the top of the @MartinTrunnionTables #Stallion #MentallyIll or #CrazyLikeAFox 🤔 Oh, who am I kidding? Like I have time to scrape a 20” x 9” surface right now… 🧐 Still… it’s Cast Iron… and it should be scraped… 🙄 What’s wrong with me…? 🤦🏻‍♂️ #SendHelp
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American Machine & Gear Works. #WhenItHASToBeRight #AmericanMade #MadeInAmerica #MadeInMilwaukee #Surgical #Medical #Industrial #Gears #Prototype #Prototyping #WEDM #CNC #Milling #Turning #Grinding #GearHobbing #Accuracy #Quality #SmallShopOwner #SmallBusinessOwner #SetUpDevil #NotMadeInChina #LI
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Well, it took a bit more work than expected, but it looks like we are finally there. And that makes it #FantasticFriday 💪 Everything has been mounted, aligned, tweaked, massaged, and secured in place. It is finally time to #MakeChips and #DoWork This is a test run of the finishing tool path on some H13 Tool Steel, using a @AutoDeskMfg Trace tool path with an end mill from @HarveyTool held by our favorite brand @MariToolUSA with a temporary @LangTechnovationCo ( until our @StarGripPro arrives ) along with the newly installed @MartinTrunnionTables #Stallion Now we do some testing… 👍💪⚙️🇺🇸
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American Machine & Gear Works. #WhenItHASToBeRight #AmericanMade #MadeInAmerica #MadeInMilwaukee #Surgical #Medical #Industrial #Gears #Prototype #Prototyping #WEDM #CNC #Milling #Turning #Grinding #GearHobbing #Accuracy #Quality #SmallShopOwner #SmallBusinessOwner #SetUpDevil #NotMadeInChina #LI
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Chainmail in action. Here I’ve post-processed it to increase layer bonding and gloss. It needs to cure for another full day at least and then I’ll add a load to test the breaking point.
#chainmail #3dprinter #3dprint #henryalfredo #Rotterdam #nultien #design #prototyping
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Nicoline Klooster | Human Centered Design #5 | UX Design, Conceptontwikkeling

Nicoline is een goedlachse katalysator die de stem van de klant vertaalt in producten en diensten. Ze kijkt naar de totale customer journey: van UX design tot en met implementatie, waarbij verbeteringen kortcyclisch worden doorgevoerd. Ze is een verbinder, creëert nieuwe kaders, werkt resultaatgericht en vanuit betrokkenheid. Ze balanceert en combineert beeld & woord bij het design en de marketing van een product of dienst. Contrast en balans zie je terug in vrijwel al haar concepten. Haar wens is om als UX Designer -samen met een team- klantvraagstukken op te lossen.

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Werkte als organisatieadviseur en begeleidde de implementatie van organisatie-verandervraagstukken vanuit grote consulting-organisaties bij diverse multinationals en de overheid, altijd op het snijvlak van business en IT. Afgestudeerd Industrieel ontwerper (Design Academy en TU Delft). Heeft ervaring met het opzetten van communities en het ontwikkelen en in de markt zetten van diensten/producten.

Steven van Velzen | Human Centered Design #5 | Graphic / Web / UX designer met humane ambities en ondernemingsdrift

Steven is een zweefvrije creatieve empaat. Rebels doch empatisch in gedachten en ideeën. Hij stapt met gemak in de schoenen van de klant en komt zo tot op maat gemaakte designs en oplossingen. Met een carrière als graphic- en webdesigner, voegt hij nu UX design, design thinking en creatief ondernemen toe aan zijn portfolio om zo een podium voor zijn humane ambities te creëren.


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Opgeleid tot grafisch vormgever aan het Mediacollege Amsterdam. Ontwikkelde digitale design skills bij bedrijven als Groupon en ArtdCom. Naast grafisch vormgeven is Steven ook creatief met concepten, schrijven en het bedenken van innovatieve oplossingen.

Phoebe Tang / Human Centered Design #5 / UX Designer

Een organisatorisch talent met een open mind. Voor Phoebe staat de klant centraal. Ze helpt graag bij het ontwikkelen van waardevolle producten en diensten waarbij winst het gevolg is van een succesvolle oplossing voor de klant. Phoebe zet zichzelf het liefst in voor duurzame of maatschappelijke bedrijven waar ze zowel op marketing, UX Design als projectmanagement vlak een bijdrage kan leveren.

CV kort: Media Adviseur- De Persgroep, Media Planner – Exterion Media, Marketing & PR – EMI Music (VS), Event Planner – Puur Events, Media Entertainment Management afgestudeerd, O.a. ervaring met planning en uitvoering van marketingcampagnes, online/offline media en mediabuying, bewaking budget.

Fangkay Wu | Human Centered Design #5 | UX Designer

Fangkay is een (visuele) strateeg met een eigenwijze maar innovatieve mindset. Hij is gestructureerd en analytisch. Zijn werk spreekt voor zich. Als strategic designer cureert hij zijn eigen startup TrueToSize. Door te specialiseren in UX design trekt hij zijn startup naar het volgende plan, en kan hij bedrijven helpen diezelfde stap te zetten.

CV in het kort: Afgestudeerd Communicatie & Multimedia Design student aan Avans Hogeschool Breda (BA - met een minor in Co-Design). Stage grafische vormgeving bij Bruut Ontwerp in Tilburg. Afgeronde: Summer Course fotografie bij Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule én Strategic Designer bij Fundamentals Academy in Utrecht. Founder van TrueToSize. Ervaring met grafische vormgeving en design thinking.

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IR control with an analog joystick and a seesaw. Changing NeoPixel colors for testing 🌈

#diy #tech #electronics #hardware #opensource #python #ir #infrared #circuitplayground #analogjoystick #prototyping #coding #programming #circuitpython #make #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #nerdlife
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UX research process in 10 diagrams

While Syndicode was preparing our big UI/UX design guide, we found a great material by Dr. David Travis that helps start working on the project’s design by presenting the UX research process in 10 diagrams.
2×2 diagram is a simple way of looking at a problem. You consider each of the…