Articles on Design

Treyce Meredith

Treyce Meredith

The Carbon Five Guide to User Research: Recruiting Participants

If you have ever tried to recruit folks for a focus group or usability test, you know it can be really hard, super frustrating, and downright discouraging. But have no fear, Carbon Five is here! Before you start reaching out, you’ve got to get into the right headspace. You will probably be interacting with people

Nicole Thayer

Nicole Thayer

The Carbon Five Guide to User Research: Starting Your Research Project

So, you’ve read the introduction to the Carbon Five Guide to User Research and you’re ready to get started. Welcome! During this step we’ll be working through what we’re hoping to find, who we’re hoping to talk to, and what we’re hoping to ask. If you’re trying to convince someone else in your company to

Nicole Thayer

Nicole Thayer

The Carbon Five Guide to User Research: Introduction

What is User Research? User Research focuses on understanding user behaviors, needs, and motivations through observation techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies. User research helps us understand the constraints and opportunities of the audience we’re building for, and is a core part of building a successful product. Why Research? Let’s say you’ve got a

Alex Cruikshank

Alex Cruikshank

C5 Labs: Daily Ascent

There is plenty of research to show that taking stairs is one of the best ways to work out without taking time out to exercise. Taking the elevator wastes electricity, and the stairs are a great opportunity to improve overall health. With this in mind, we wanted to encourage people to start thinking about using

Rudy Jahchan

Rudy Jahchan

Design by Listening Inside and Out – Carbon Five LA Talk Night July 20th

Designing good UX is an iterative process that begins and ends with the same core action; listening. But who do we listen to and how? As the speakers of our July 20th design themed Talk Night will demonstrate, you listen to everyone! Whether they’re the person you believe your product is for or your fellow

A group of people sketching
Alexa Roman

Alexa Roman

Before You Build: How to Get Your Startup Off the Ground Without a Team

Photo from my colleague Yasmine Molavi’s sketching workshop You’re starting a company. You’re so full of ideas that you have three PowerPoint decks! Wowza! You have a couple co-founders or maybe even an employee. If only your team had some engineers to build the product… There are many, many important things you can do to

Rudy Jahchan

Rudy Jahchan

April 21st 2016 Talk Night at Carbon Five LA – Sketching for UX

Great communication is at the heart of a great team with the free and clear exchange of ideas flowing between design, development, and product. However, we’ve all had moments where the team gets “blocked” on a design; some members struggling putting their thoughts into words, others feel they have to provide high quality comps, while

Yasmine Molavi

Yasmine Molavi

Flexing the Rules of Material Design

5 Steps to quickly differentiate your Android app design while being Material Design compliant.

Alexa Roman

Alexa Roman

A panel, a talk, a workshop @ Silicon Beach Fest 2015

Silicon Beach Fest is coming up next week! If you’re in Los Angeles or can travel there, get your tickets before they’re gone. (Note: open the design guide for a special discount) Carbon Five is involved in the Design Track and we’d love to see you there. The Design Track takes place next Friday, June 26th at the Marina

Alexa Roman

Alexa Roman

Mise en World

I gave this talk at Kluge’s Evenings at the Loft on March 20, 2015. The theme of the event was Aesthetics. Skot Carruth and Jeremy Mumenthaler also spoke. Video is forthcoming. Special thanks to Arturo and Cameron at Kluge and to David and Courtney at Carbon Five for helping me shape this. My background is

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