Willy grew up in a small town always looking for an excuse to escape and see the world that encapsulated Texas. His love for art and design lead him to Texas A&M to pursue a degree in Environmental Design. Along with his school curriculum he was heavily involved in an on campus organization that promoted music through out Texas A&M. In his final year of school he was given the opportunity to study at the AIB in Dusseldorf. During his studies he focused on digital and print design concerning Modern Art and Architecture in Germany. After completing a solo backpacking trip he returned home and moved to Colorado to take a break from living in a large city. After a year in the mountains he moved to Austin where he took as job as the Design Specialist at a mall media company. Over the past three years he has worked creating digital and print graphics in house for his company. He is now looking to further his skills in Design and grow in the field of Interaction Design. He is a self proclaimed terrible hand drawer, and tends to be quite spacey at times. His passions include great design, music, snowboarding, photography, and coffee.


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Recent Blog Posts

 

Position Diagram 2: ISDE 302

Below is the 2nd iteration of Position Digram 2 for ISDE 302. The image is based on a quote from the assigned readings. Using competitive innovation, as opposed to competitive imitation, designers are able to create better products for the end user. Which in turn will result in greater buy in from the users.

 

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Wireframing: Iteration #5: I made a thing!

For the last iteration of wireframes, I changed up quite a bit. I added more elements to the social aspect as merged multiple screens into the social aspect. I think I made quite a bit of progress with this iteration. It’s been a lot of work to get to this point, looking back at the start of this quarter I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to finish this project. There is so much responsibility when it comes to designing for the user. You think you have covered every single corner, and you suddenly realize you may have touched about 1/10th of it. However, using user testing, and going through multiple iterations of this project, I finally have better grasp on wireframing.

Iteration #5

As painful as this project was at times, I really enjoyed building wireframes. It was like placing together an extremely complicated puzzle. There’s not real right answer. There is some really bad answers, a lot of good answers, and only a few great answers. I hope to get to a place where I can always come up with a great answer.

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Wireframes: Version 4: Simplifying the visual and the interaction

For this iteration of files I wanted to simplify the process for the user and in changing things realized that the screen was becoming easier to manipulate. I took off a large amount of text and buttons and complied them into nicer elements that the user is directed to use. I also updated the sign in for social media, which will let the user share their schedules and information from Course Calculator to various sites.

Wireframes: Version 4

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Wireframes: Iteration #3

For the 3rd set of wireframes I worked through a lot of methods for the search system. Some of the feedback I received said that the elements seemed to float about the screen, so I made a sorted effort to make them feel more embedded into the frames. There were a few questions about how to get information on the actual class so I added a few elements to make it easier to get quick access to class synopsis’s.

Click HERE to view the full set of Wireframes.

 

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