Listening to the Will Smith (remix)

As I wandered the hall of my Japanese school looking for icons, I surprisingly felt like Link trying to search for Zelda: a challenging quest with very little direction. In a country full of imagery and design inspirations, I imagined this reflection exercise would be like attempting any video game…


I chose YouTube as this is my main source of entertainment. My wife even laughs at me once I’ve finished all my tasks (and barely my UX coursework) as I yell “YouTube time” right before bed for the small window where I actually get some time to catch up on…


New Google Calendar design

Diving deeper into UX, this week’s lesson focused on the mechanics and psychology of how products are usable. The lesson highlighted broad criteria that lay the foundation for product design: Learnability, Efficiency, Memorability, Errors, and Satisfaction (LemErs); however, Jakob Nielsen, hailed as the “king of usability,” developed 10 Usability Heuristics


Upon reflection of this past week’s readings on information architecture and content strategy, I believe anyone entering and advancing in the field of machine learning and user experience will have to find innovative strategies in the constraints placed upon them by the very industry that asks of constant innovation. As…


KODACHROME logo

If anyone has ever had an obsession passion in their life, mine was hip-hop dance. Since finding the burgeoning scene of hip hop dance in 2007 and dedicating my time to the training, culture, and, most importantly, community that encompassed this phenomenon, I realize now, in retrospect, that passion burns…


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Dear YouTube: A Love Story

There’s one app that we gravitate towards on the daily; perhaps, even our smart phones tell us regularly which occupies our screen time. Whether it’s social media during our downtime, perusing our schedule to complete tasks in the morning, or playing candy crush on the…

Tristan Salvanera

Current sensei in Japan & Aspiring UX/UI Designer

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