Designing complex products isn’t easy.

As a junior designer, I made the mistake more than once of jumping straight into a design app and pushing pixels, without first considering the bigger picture.

As I learned my craft working with large tech companies and small startups, I discovered six principles that now inform the work that I do-and which guide the efforts of the broader Hopin Design team.

In this article, we explain these product design principles and and illustrate how they show up in the work we do at Hopin-specifically, through a redesign of our event setup dashboard that we…


Take back control with these simple steps

Social media can be fun! Useful! Amazing!

It’s also a total time suck, and it’s run by predatory corporations who view you as fodder for their advertising machines — to be exploited and abused as necessary to achieve quarterly goals.

Screw that.

Don’t believe me? I’m a designer and I work on these things. I’ve worked on projects for Google, and my friends and colleagues keep me updated on the latest at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and all the rest.

If you value your mental health, your happiness, your focus, your work, your family — you owe it to yourself…


Endlesss — a UX case study

Make music social again

Endlesss is a startup with a bold aim: Bring back the fun to music making. When I joined in mid-2018, we had a great-looking, powerful multiplayer instrument — that fit tons of features into a tiny screen. It was brilliant, but there were a few issues.

CHALLENGES

  • New users often found the interface confusing
  • Hierarchy of information unclear
  • Feature set incomplete
  • No obvious space to add new features

Key Learnings

  1. For complex workflows, hierarchy is king — Making the implicit structure of the app concrete in the interface made onboarding users way easier. …

Welcome Back to Pre-Edison Music!

Endlesss: Better with friends!

Since mid-2018, I’ve been working with the team at Endlesss, on what I believe is a new category of app. Endlesss is a collaborative loop-based music creation platform. It’s developed out of the ideas of Tim Exile, who spent more than a decade creating a system for instant, live music improvisation. See if you can spot him use the word ‘endless’ in his TED talk from 2016!

Early ideas that shaped the current app

Tim aims to take us back to the time before Edison created recordings. …


(Now Published on UX Planet!)

What is UX?

How can I get into UX?

What does the day to day involve?

I get asked these questions a lot.

Many people, even designers, don’t really have a clue what UX actually means. They think it’s some kind of handy-wavy fu that consultants palm people off with. Meanwhile, real UX design is in high demand. What’s all the fuss about?

This article has now been re-published on UX Planet

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AND WHAT ‘UX’ REALLY MEANS

What is UX?

How can I get into UX?

What does the day to day involve?

I get asked these questions a lot.

Many people, even designers, don’t really have a clue what UX actually means. They think it’s some kind of handy-wavy fu that consultants palm people off with. Meanwhile, real UX design is in high demand. What’s all the fuss about?

U Friggin’ X

UX is such an annoying buzzword (UX = ‘User Experience’). It’s a tiny acronym for a huge area, but many companies only use it in a very narrow way. …


Building an Analytics Platform — a Case Study

‘Explainer’ video I created for the project

It’s easy to make things complicated when you’re designing an interface for complex work. In this case study I outline how we kept things simple and relatable while still allowing for powerful interactions in a new analytics dashboard.

The Issue

Like many large organisations, Colorado University have a problem — their data is everywhere, siloed, and accessible only to individual departments — each one with their own jerry-rigged workflow to access, analyse and gain insights from the information.

Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege to work with the University staff and a…


Specifics and Recommendations

My son Luca in Kamogawa, Japan, 01/2017.

On specifics

This is a follow up to ‘Why You Should Try a Tech-Free Morning’. I had some requests for details on the routine I follow in the mornings, so here is a bit more information!

It’s easy to talk about ‘meditation’ or ‘journaling’ without too much detail, and mean something totally different to anyone who reads, so here’s a bit of background on my experiences with these two. For me, right now, they’re more important that the stretching I do (though that probably sets me up best to actually do them!).

If you want to try any of this, and have…


Tokashiki island, Okinawa. 27/10/2016

A Tech Free Morning? How could I manage that? I have way too many emails to catch up on, too many notifications on my phone!

Hear me out, it’s easier than it sounds — and the benefits are awesome. First of all, to precise, they are really ‘tech-free early mornings’. I’ve been making a conscious effort to disconnect (or perhaps, ‘stay disconnected’) — from when I wake up, till when I start working or commuting.

What this means is no connected devices — no phones, notifications, messages, social media, or any of my fun, modern distractions, while I get some…


So I got round to watching Curtis’ Hypernormalisation. I like Curtis, but I really don’t see the point of this movie other than for him to show off how smart he is and / or what a good story-teller he is.

What’s the point? If you haven’t seen it already — here you are, I’ll save you the effort. You can sum up the entire movie in a few sentences: Everything in politics / media / business is fake, Social media is pointless, everyone is vane and easily manipulated by the internet, and we’re all completely fucked. …

Bill Tribble

Digital product designer at Hopin. Musician, design teacher, and mentor. Design portfolio: https://btribble.com, Mindfulness podcast: https://awake-in.com.

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