10 usability heuristics explained with art.

Moses holding a scripture with the Ten Commandments
Moses holding a scripture with the Ten Commandments
Moses with the Ten Commandment. Philippe de Champaigne

The link between Art and Design has always been a closely observed yet adamantly contested one. Designers tend to shun Art thinking it’s preposterous, putting the purpose of self-expression over the need of many. Artists won’t bat an eye at the term ‘Design’, believing that it limits their creativity.

Like many before me, I will try to once again bridge the gap between the two cousins, shed light on this love-hate relationship. After all, to be good designers, we should understand human psychology, which is shaped by our environment, with Art included.


A barbell with plates on the floor
A barbell with plates on the floor
I’ll probably never lift as much ever again, lol.

It was Saturday, January 6, 2018. I walked into the gym unlike any other day before. Today I will have deadlifted more than I ever did. Or I might also (be) dead (during the) lift.

I walk up to the bar on the floor. Somewhere in the distance, I can hear the faint murmurs of people around. My brain instantly ignores this. I spread my arms and take a big deep breath then swallow it down to my stomach. My lifting belt is wrapped so tight against my inflated abdominals, I can’t breathe. My face starts to turn red. …

Nguyen Tran-Ngo

Product Designer • Art Director • Occasional Writer • www.nguyentran-ngo.design

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