Luis F. Mena

UX & IxD




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Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

Unlocking ideas with Framer Studio

Framer is one of the biggest game changers in Interaction Design right now. I wrote this article in Medium sharing my point of view on the combination of design and code for the exploration of new ideas. There's also a video and a github repo for the example project 'Evnnntr'.

Take a moment to close your eyes and experience what’s going on in your head, some of the best solutions might end up buried for relying too much on apps that do all the (limited) thinking for you.

Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Android & iOS Keyboard ExperiencesArticle

Out of curiosity, and now that the OS has been greatly improved, I decided to get into iOS again and bought an iPhone 6. I've been using it as my main phone and there are two areas in which I find myself struggling a lot: navigation and keyboards; this post is about the later.

Friday Apr 3, 2015

Work process for designing an icon collection

Vincent Le Moign shares his research and inspiration process behind icon creation.

Design trends evolve in an infinite cycle. My intuition was that after years of roundness we needed more sharpness and angularity. From the beginning I was attracted by the angular style.

Sunday Mar 15, 2015

Inside the mad world of tripadvisor

Really insightful long read about the power of online reviews from TripAdvisor and their influence in the experience of planning a trip.

So huge is the “TripAdvisor Effect” that it can impact entire countries. One study found that as Irish hotel managers scrambled to respond to reviews, their hotels actually got better.

Saturday Feb 7, 2015

The future of user experience is visual design

I like the idea behind this post, but the examples shown (Iron Man 2 & Guardians of the Galaxy) are awful. UI is not about creating randomly generated sci-fi graphics. Pay close attention to those examples, the UI is not usable at all, it reminds me of the naivety found in HUDs from the Atari-Nintendo era.

Tuesday Jan 6, 2015

Choosing a new device

With all the news coming from CES there's something I can't stop thinking about:
If any device is a tool, and a tool needs a user, and a user needs a goal/motivation... what if the user's motivation is the device itself?

Goals should drive our decisions to choose a device. If the device itself is our goal, we are the ones being used.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

The UX of Mobile SettingsArticle

Which OS offers the most easy-to-use settings screen? Which empowers the user the most? A brief analysis of iOS8, Android & Windows Phone 8.1 settings screens.

Thursday Oct 9, 2014


If you are into fast prototyping or creating quick demo-apps for engaging clients, you might have heard phrases like "the future of prototyping" or "the new way to design interactions" when looking for new tools to improve your workflow.

Having used Framer and Origami for experiments, and Axure for real projects, I have to say that Pixate does truly feel like a next-gen tool for prototyping. I just love the workflow, the UI and the super easy integration with mobile. It's still in private beta, can't wait to see how this app will evolve in the following months.

An intuitive design tool that empowers you to communicate and iterate ideas seamlessly and visually.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

Elevate App

This is one of those apps that I stick to for months. It's a collection of quick brain-games to improve your skills on focus, memory, eloquence, etc. It's specially challenging (read, fun) for us who speak english as a second language.
It only takes around 3 to 5 minutes of play time per session. Developers recommend to play one session per day, four sessions per week; so it doesn't demand that much of your time. And it's beautifully designed, give it a try.

Elevate games are designed in collaboration with experts in neuroscience and cognitive learning and are based on extensive scientific research.

Thursday Jul 31, 2014

On Gaining Weight

During the last few months I've been trying to gain some weight, but it seems like my metabolism is getting in the way, specially since I go to the gym frequently. So I decided to give whey protein a chance, and went to Google and YouTube for advice on how to eat properly to achieve my goal.
This is the best piece of advice I found, a comment on an article:

Eat what you want. We are all going to die.