I'm ashamed to admit that I don't really have a good habit of keeping my wireframes. Sometimes my brain just works faster than drawing all of them out, and I'm pretty good at building a highly-detailed image in my mind. (To excuse myself, I've been through over a decade of painting training and my strength was figurative thinking.) But my friend at Google kinda warned me recently. So I start to record (almost) every changing idea with sketches and multiple artboards.
Surprisingly I found myself captured a lot of tiny sparks or logics behind the scene. Are they making my final design more thoughtful than it could have been? Actually probably not. But they definitely tell a much richer story about how my design is formed, and more importantly, who I am as a designer.
When I was looking for my first full-time position as a UX designer, there was one question that I ran into a lot: "What are some of your favorite user experiences?". I've always been picky about apps on my phone — only those provide unique values on a frequent enough base get to stay. (Never try those photo apps recommended by App Store every round, even if I do feel something beyond Instagram and VSCO is necessary.)
Uber is definitely one of the apps that come to my mind immediately. I'll start this "My Favorite" topic with Uber, including the part of it that I am not a so big fan of.
Recently, one of my friends shared a video titled "The Next Generation of Transportation!". The concept depicted in the video led to a friendly argument among us. The main problem which the designer intended to solve remained unclear here. My reflect was that the design seemed to be a failed attempt to improve rail transport, by bringing in the concept of an aircraft. My friend liked the outcome as it had some superiority to both ground and air transportation. Comparing to airliners, this video shows a much easier boarding and deboarding experience.