April 18, 2013

Derek Ryan & Melissa Lin ft. Charmy - Gravity (Lyrics)

Another release. This one's out on Noys Music May 15, 2013.

From the bottom of my heart... here we go:

You were the center of our world
Then darkness creeps in and I'm sinking silently
But you surround me with your hope
While all I want is to find strength to let you go

Bound by the forces from our past
Confused and senses warped, I slowly lose control
Yearning for weightless flight again
I seek a future far beyond these heavy clouds

How long will our orbits bind us?
How long till you set me free?
I long to let go of my fears
Take flight, escape gravity 

These are the awesome people I worked with:

April 17, 2013

Usability - Always Test and Test Again

You never know how something is going to be used until you test it with real users.

Here's an example. I bought a house not too long ago and my husband and I were wondering what furniture would best make use of the space at the entryway. We had a few options:

1. A longer entryway bench so multiple guests can sit down at once to put their shoes on.

2. A little table top with one chair for people to put their shoes on.

3. Just put a rack there for shoe storage and no seating area.

We went for a two-seater entryway bench (pictured above), thinking it's great because we always have people come over and two people can sit on it at once. It's been a few months and I observed people's behavior, and no one, not even family members like to sit next to each other while they take off their shoes. It's always one standing, one sitting. Or, one sitting and putting a bag on the empty seat. Not a use I anticipated but it totally makes sense.

So, morale of the story is: always user test your products. Test your websites. Test your apps. People use things in ways you don't expect them to.


Here's why I don't trust "experts". They think that they know everything there is to know, so they become close-minded and apathetic towards anything new and potentially better. They stick to what they already know and learned and disregard anything else because it's too much work to learn something new and exciting. People are lazy and don't want to put effort into the unknown, and this is especially true for people who think they know it all already. "Experts" get offended when their existing view is challenged. To all the open-minded peeps out there living in a close-minded world, much respect to you.