Sven Lenaerts
I'm Sven. I create and improve digital products. I'm a user experience expert and specialize in product strategy. I work for Fueled and for you if you wish! My business is called Umber.
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  • Code
    Mobile Development
    Introduction to Android Design PatternsPreview image@2x
    Previously, you learned about design patterns and how they applied to the iOS platform. In this article, we take a closer look at design patterns on the Android platform and they differ from design patterns on iOS. If you're unfamiliar with design patterns on Android, then this article is for you.Read More…
  • Code
    Mobile Development
    Introduction to iOS Design PatternsPreview image@2x
    Most established mobile platforms have a set of design patterns, written or unwritten guidelines of how things should look, feel, and function. Applying proven design patterns improves the usability of your product, increases conversion, and provides a feeling of familiarity to users. In this article, we take a look at design patterns on iOS.Read More…
  • Code
    Mobile Development
    An Introduction to App MarketingHub
    Marketing is just as important as the development of your product. Marketing your application helps build an audience, which in turn offers you the opportunity to generate revenue.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Case Studies
    Exploring the Human-Centric WebHuman retina
    Some time ago I published an article describing a workflow which supports and emphasizes human-centric thinking in web design. In this article, we'll examining websites that apply this methodology and see how human-centric design has contributed to their success.Read More…
  • Code
    Mobile Development
    What Makes Mobile Design Unique?Mobile unique icon2x
    Are you getting started with mobile design? Any designer who's had the opportunity to design for mobile devices as well as desktop computers knows that mobile design is a one of a kind discipline. You'll find challenges unique for mobile. In this introductory article, I'd like to take a look at some of the attributes that make mobile unique. It's no secret that thinking about a product's design makes for a better product. This doesn't solely relate to aesthetics as design also influences how a product's functionality and how the user interacts with it. Design choices have a distinct influence on usability and user experience. When you start out as a mobile designer or developer, it's your responsibility to make the product not only work for you, but also for its target audience.Read More…
  • Code
    Theory
    Mobile & Emotional DesignEmotional design 400
    The process of designing an application, both functionally and aesthetically, has a large impact on how users feel about the final product. Emotional design can help to improve the user experience significantly. In this article, I will talk about what emotional design is, how you can apply it, and give some examples of applications that already implement emotional design.Read More…
  • Web Design
    User Experience
    Use and Abuse of Icons in the Modern AgeIcon retina
    The number of icons we see on daily basis is amazing. They are everywhere around us, both online and offline. We love to use them. They enhance the aesthetic of our sites and can provide a better user experience. Sometimes however, we forget the reason behind using an icon, and that's when it becomes easy for icons to lose their effectiveness.Read More…
  • Code
    Mobile Design
    User Stories: Realizing Large-Scale ProjectsMobiledesign userstories icon2x
    User Stories are a crucial part of managing interdisciplinary teams on complex projects, and they can also be useful for solo developers who want to ensure that they are delivering a quality product. Read on and learn how user stories can enhance your project workflow!Read More…
  • Web Design
    Design Theory
    How Human Centric Web Design Improves Your WorkflowHumancentric retina
    Human-centric and user-centric design are two terms we often hear in the industry, though sometimes both designers and developers consider them to mean the same. User-centered design is something most of us aim to put high on our list of priorities; having the end-user in mind and reflecting this philosophy in our products. Human-centered design is taking user-centered design to the next level.Read More…
  • Business
    Planning
    How To Put 'The Business Model Canvas' To Good UsePreview business model canvas
    The book "Business Model Generation" should ring a bell for freelancers and many entrepreneurs. It explores the possibilities of using a 'Business Model Canvas.' This is a model that you use to define the components of your business. It offers an interactive way to look at your current business model and improve your results. It's a way to keep moving forward with an iterative business plan. In today's article, we'll explore what the "Business Model Canvas" is, then learn how you can use it to create a new business or improve your current one.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Workflow
    Quick Tip: Pomodoro Technique to the Creative RescueTomato retina
    In some situations, we need to be creative quickly and effectively (we've all been in situations where there's a deadline looming in just a few hours). For example, perhaps a client wants last-minute changes, or a pitch is coming close and you want to make a great impression, but your presentation is still missing something.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Design Theory
    The Future of User InterfacesInterface retina
    We are web designers and developers. As obvious as our work is (we build interactive media applications) there's a deeper meaning to what we do. We analyze design problems and explore different concepts to solve them. This also means that we think of the communication between a device and the user. We develop that communication. We design what the user sees and does.Read More…