👋 Oi, mga repapips, Brian Dys here! I love music, photography, and creative stuff like UX design and art. This is a place where I collect my thoughts and works. Apart all these, I’m Jaycelle’s better half and Bryce’s dad. 🥰
When the choice is to go with gut instinct or conduct research, they often choose gut instinct. Conducting research takes time and costs money and resources. Gut instinct is immediate and has no associated costs.
In a lot of cases, obsolescence is triggered by external changes in a world in which things are connected: when one evolves the others have to evolve as well.Design for Obsolete Devices
Conversely, when I see programmers not launching features quickly, the issue is often overengineering. Or when engineers do launch quickly but the quality is bad, then the issue is usually under-engineering or sloppy code.Code-first vs. Product-first
Your answer will help you identify what has to happen to get to the outcome you desire. And your answer will be rooted in your values. All of these components give you agency and a kind of control.When Managing Through Ambiguity, Develop a Clear Vision
Without a dedicated designer on the scrum team, what you have is a software engineering team and, while that team will absolutely deliver a user experience, it will not be of the same level of quality without a designer’s input.5 Rules For Integrating UX with Agile Scrum
That’s in part because managing up is a rather amorphous category, encompassing everything from developing rapport and trust, decision-making, communication style, conflict management and goal-setting with higher-ups.
It’s not just about ‘everything going well and smoothly.’ Stretching and going through uncomfortable experiences, there is value in that.”Psychologists say a good life doesn’t have to be happy, or even meaningful
A transformation is possible when you have a “constructor” that can perform a task and then retain the capacity to perform it again.How to Rewrite the Laws of Physics in the Language of Impossibility
In an ideal world, people would, like a self-teaching computer, immediately adopt a better idea. But humans are not computers and if we care to work with people and not just with information and data, we must adapt.Too Smart for Your Own Good
The most common mistake people make when evaluating new technologies is to focus too much on the “doing old things better” category.Doing old things better vs doing brand new things
It is noteworthy to emphasise the long-term application of these changes, in which such tools can give way to algorithms, using AI, complex automation, Big Data, rightfully distributing the creative power amongst different disciplines other than designers.
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If you have skills, commitment and passion, careers tend to take care of themselves. Over the long haul, it really doesn’t matter if you have a few years when your career is in canter mode while you prioritise young children.The career advice I wish I had at 25
The idea that our brains are essentially Russian dolls of diminishing complexity is a concept that’s fairly easy for us to grasp. That’s part of why this myth is so compelling, Barrett says, especially when the truth can’t be boiled down to a neat, simple idea.It’s Time To Correct Neuroscience Myths
But it’s important to ask: Are immoral people attracted to industries where there are big rewards for bad behavior? Or do big rewards for bad behavior cause good people to slide into immorality, justifying their decisions along the way?Other People’s Mistakes
Social media more generally have overturned naming and credentials practices. The good side is the neutering of titles. The bad side is the elevation of popularity in their place.Stop Calling Professors ‘Professor’
And just as consumers shift to new mindsets, so too does industry. Over the past 20 years, nearly every industry has hired, restructured, and re-oriented itself around mobile workflows, products, or business lines. This transformation is as significant as any hardware or software innovation — and, in turn, creates the business case for subsequent innovations.
As long as we are willing to progress toward some designed solution, we can learn where the design has fallen short once it’s out and in the world. Then our job shifts to be adaptable and responsive.
Reading this I audibly gasped because I suddenly realized that’s why design systems work is so hard to describe—it’s a hyperobject!
Without the distraction of unnecessary detail, you are less likely to fall into the restrictive trap of thinking “but we have always done it this way”. Thinking in an abstract manner allows you to come up with new perspectives that are creative, and in many cases, better than the ones stemming from fixed ideas.
Data visualization is the translation of data into visual representations to communicate some significance. Raw data is encoded by position, shape, size, symbols, and color. This encoded graph is then decoded through the human visual system to gain understanding. Without this understanding, there are no benefits to the viewer.
How to design data visualizations that are actually valuable
It was May last year when I virtually onboarded Avaloq. It was a time when most of us, office-goers, were adjusting to this “forced” setup of working from home. Consequently, everything needs to be done online. You had to double down on clear and proactive communication because the computer gets in the way of telepathy — kidding aside, the computer is all we have to communicate with other people.
Avaloq was a different environment compared to my previous experience at PayMaya. From serving local businesses via PayMaya Negosyo, the world opened up in front of my eyes because the fintech products that I am now working on cater to the global market. Of course, with that comes the fact that the workforce is also distributed globally. So in one way, my incumbent colleagues are already used to fully-online communication. And I was in a hangover of missing in-person interactions.
In a span of a year, Avaloq supported a continuous growth in my knowledge and skills. When I say “Avaloq” I mean the people that I work with, directly and indirectly. The HR, for example, is supportive in helping me know the ins and outs of recruitment and onboarding. The same way for the design team itself, because we are expanding to support the growing needs of the business, it pushes me to step-up and help other team members grow in their roles, as well. Indeed, scalability is a frontier that I am excited exploring.
I find myself being constantly challenged to learn how to do my job better — whether it is about navigating a process, finding the best way to communicate with someone, or learning new skills. Working with people coming from different cultural backgrounds and varying professional experiences will always be challenging but with its benefits, too — first, I am reminded that there’s a wealth of knowledge from everyone if I keep my understanding open, and second, I feel like having a Swiss Army knife of communication approaches depending on who I collaborate with. Being always on the edge of my seat is a great thing for growth.
What makes me thrive in Avaloq?
It boils down to trust. With leaders trusting their teams in being responsible professionals, autonomy ensues. This is why even in a remote setup we are thriving. The collaborative environment empowers us to hone our design craft. My approach to design comes from my own perspective and it benefits the project to uncover many different angles via design reviews — this is where my colleagues’ level of support really helps.
Since May of last year, we’ve onboarded 5 designers in Manila, 2 in Zürich, and established a team of 5 in Berlin. Also from that month, Avaloq marked its first Philippine partnership with BPI and I’m proud to be part of its project team. From taking care of its employees during this pandemic to the acquisition by NEC, it was one heck of a ride. I’m grateful for being part of Avaloq’s continuous growth.
Tokyo, October 5, 2020 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the acquisition of Avaloq Group AG (Avaloq), a leading Swiss financial software company. The acquisition of Avaloq will provide NEC with digital finance software and domain knowledge as it enters into the field globally and strengthens its business in the digital government field. The acquisition is expected to be worth 2.05 billion Swiss francs, and to be completed by April 2021, following the confirmation of necessary procedures and approvals for each organization. NEC acquires a leading Swiss financial software company, Avaloq
Avaloq → NEC
Tokyo, October 5, 2020 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the acquisition of Avaloq Group AG (Avaloq), a leading Swiss financial software company. The acquisition of Avaloq will provide NEC with digital finance software and domain knowledge as it enters into the field globally and strengthens its business in the digital government field. The acquisition is expected to be worth 2.05 billion Swiss francs, and to be completed by April 2021, following the confirmation of necessary procedures and approvals for each organization.
NEC acquires a leading Swiss financial software company, Avaloq
Avaloq is enabling the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), one of the Philippines’ biggest banks in terms of capitalization, with its Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to help improve customer experience and boost the efficiency of five business units and subsidiaries. Avaloq provides Software as a Service solution to help BPI shorten turnaround time for clients and boosts five business units
Avaloq × BPI
Avaloq is enabling the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), one of the Philippines’ biggest banks in terms of capitalization, with its Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to help improve customer experience and boost the efficiency of five business units and subsidiaries.
Avaloq provides Software as a Service solution to help BPI shorten turnaround time for clients and boosts five business units
Leveling up in your career?
You might be in the same crossroads like I was last year. When I mentioned how the world opened up in front of my eyes when I joined Avaloq, I hope you would also find yourself in a journey that lets you discover new things that you’re capable of.
A throwback of my video introduction
All new joiners at Avaloq are suggested to share a video introduction a week before their first day — this was mine.
This year is brighter at Avaloq as we’re growing within UX design team and others as well. See if there is a good fit?
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This year is brighter at Avaloq as we’re growing within UX design team and others as well.
See if there is a good fit?
Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit.
As technologies and methods advanced, workers in all industries became able to produce much more value in a shorter amount of time. You’d think this would lead to shorter workdays.
Practice is more than just repetition of behavior—it’s a movement of energy that creates a fissure in us to reveal what’s within. More movement, more revelation.
Those were the three devices that kicked off the scientific revolution in the 17th century. It was the MTC stack. The microscope, telescope, clock stack. What every cultured full-stack gentle-scientist had to master in 1687.
When you are the smartest person in the room, you inevitably become a teacher. Everyone else fills out a skill hierarchy where they are either teacher or student depending on who they interact with in the same room.