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In the software world, defaults can be defined as the shortest path to the destination, set to relieve users of the extra mental processing, that comes pre-decided for the users, arguably, in their best interest, by the creators of the application or platform. They often come disguised as pre-populated inputs and pre-checked boxes. But is that all that there is to defaults?

When paired with relevant behavioural insights, the same set of defaults that masquerade as plain pre-filled inputs on a web interface, could be used as a tool for controlling human actions. Sometimes for good, not always. Many governments are known to have employed behavioural insights to improve their public facing policies for good. My personal favourite of all the examples is the usage of anchoring effect in the deposit limit tools to influence the decisions of gamblers in Great Britain. …


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Publish your design portfolio on GitLab pages using Jekyll

We are about nine months into a pandemic, with still no knowledge of how far along we are in the larger timeline. Jobs across industries around the world have been affected and governments are struggling with policies to get the economy back on its feet. Needless to say that the design industry is not faring well to the situation either. The previous month designweek.co.uk released some findings from their recent survey within the UK to understand the impact of the pandemic on the design industry and the statistics do not look so well.

What we do know, however, is that…


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Our day-to-day dependency on digital applications to get a variety of work done, ranging from hailing a ride and ordering food to getting things done at work, is a living proof of the diffused presence of technology in our lives. Today, there are nearly 1.5 billion websites online, and 2016 alone marked the most dramatic increase(of about 0.5 billion) in the number. This provides us a clear picture of the increasing consumption of app-based products and services across various domains and therefore a higher demand for people who could develop them.

Since the last few years we are seeing exponential…


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Breaking down the concept of Git for designers through easy to understand definitions and illustrations.

I was myself introduced to Git at a very late stage in my career as a Product Designer. And as far as I could recall, the introduction was not by choice. One day our team was notified that we would be moving design documentation to a new website and that we have to add an additional ritual of creating a PR(pull request) to our existing list of sprint tasks. The next few days were spent reading incessantly on the internet to understand the concept of Git and almost every website assumed that if you want to have anything to do…


An exclusive design research approach and toolkit for open communities

Design Thinking & Design Toolkits

Design thinking is primarily a systematic flow of iterative processes that starts with understanding a problem statement in relation to its user, followed by challenging the assumptions and subsequently framing an alternate approach or a solution. With time, it has earned a reputation and credibility in the industry and is now being adopted by the most reluctant of companies. And why would it not be? As an approach, it takes into account every crucial piece of information and helps us arrive at cumulative results with no ultimate saturation. …


Translating insights into design solutions that changed the way developers create and deploy applications on OpenShift

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Topology View in the Developers Perspective of OpenShift Web Console

When it comes to application development, companies need to look beyond IT infrastructure concerns to create an atmosphere for innovation. By taking a broader approach when defining business priorities, that includes investing in smart developer tools, teams will have more time in their development schedule for break-through thinking. This can help to create a culture for innovation.

Designing one’s code to do API-driven deployment of microservices as secure containers with zero-downtime deployment is critical for the continuous delivery of software services. …


Using the combined power of Play and Open to make learning immersive at the elementary level

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Value of ‘Play’ in learning

In his approximation of Huizinga’s work, Hector Rodriguez had shed light on two aspects of education where ‘play’ can be of use. It could either serve as a vehicle to facilitate the dispersion of education — when the teacher adopts a playful method of engaging the students while teaching, or, the content itself could translate into an act of playing, hence illuminating the primary nature of the subject itself.

Any artifact or content alone is of no relevance to a child unless they could relate it with their environment and apply their skills to it and come up with new…


The need to and the prospects of transforming the idea of a traditional classroom with game-based learning

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Photo by Jai Kishan Patel on Unsplash

Why now? Historically, the construct of a classroom emerged to create an economically viable system that works well with the scarcity of resources needed for education — Instructors and Classrooms(The Open Org Educators Guide, 2019). It is to prepare students for the rigidity of the industrial work culture and also for the ease of governance. But with the advancement of technology, faster evolving global conditions, conscious responsibility to move ahead together (diversity and accessibility friendly approach) access to dispersed resources worldwide, our approach…


“Developing countries need to catch up to speed with the first world.”

Sure!

This statement was justified if first world was just an uptown neighbourhood developing countries had to move to. In reality, the kind of effort needed for this ‘catching up’ is nothing short of discovering a ‘portkey’ out of sheer luck(or extraordinary efforts) to get to this far off planet in another galaxy, called ‘the first world’.

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Portkey from Harry Potter series — www.pottermore.com

Primary Education Challenges in Developing Countries

Quality education still gives us hope to someday discover that ‘port-key’ though. And for countless unaccountable reasons, it is always education sector that takes a hit. …

Veethika Mishra

Sr. Product Designer @GitLab Inc, fan of #NoCode and #OpenSource

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