Author Archives: seankell2000

Employment Prospects

After putting the time into applying to dozens of job openings and not even getting an interview, it’s obvious because of my lack of employment in the past employers are choosing to overlook me.  Why was I unemployed for such a long time?  Do I have a criminal record?  No!  Was I bad at the jobs I worked in?  No, not according to the employers.  The economy was terrible for a decade and I tried my hardest to get into AAA game development in a futile effort, then I made the further mistake of completing a Product Design Degree, another area there are little or no jobs in Ireland.

However, all is not doom and gloom.  In the past year, I’ve dedicated the majority of my waking hours to learning how to code and intend to continue to keep learning.  The area of concentration right now is preparing for the Java Oracle Exam, with not only passing it, but get a high score in it.  It’s possible with the right amount of time and effort.  Once it is out of the way, time can be spent learning the JS based frameworks in more depth.  So there is plenty to look forward to, I  no longer have the thought in the back of my head that my time and hard work is futile, the industry is growing rapidly and there is not reason why one cannot develop their own app and bringing it to market themselves.  I’ve plenty of Udemy tutorials bought to watch and follow over the summer.

UI/UX Meetup

 

 

Dublin UX May Meetup/Service Design Network Ireland Meetup #8

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:00 PM

Indeed Ireland
124-127 Saint Stephen’s Green Dublin, IE

152 UXers Went

Dublin UX, along with our friends from the Service Design Network Ireland, are going to bring you something a little different this May! To mark the upcoming Service Design Global Conference that is coming to Dublin this October (https://www.service-design-network.org/sdgc/2018) and join the conversation around design in product/service ecosystems,…

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Tuesday evening I attended a UI/IX meeting. This is something I intend to do more of in the future, get to network with people in the industry and gain an insight into the thinking of experts in the field.  There was three speakers and the emphasis was on service design.  The first speaker, John Lynch covered service design for cities.  The second, Gerry Scallion was back in Ireland after spending some time in Australia to give a talk about “the come down after the Design Thinking sugar high” and the final talk was by business coach Michel Cloosterman who’s talk focused on Lego design thinking and serious play.

One thing that stood out to me was the need for name value pairs the majority of service design and in order to create anything, it cannot be done without programmers.  So, it makes me wonder if in the near future merely being a designer is enough and I’ve come to the conclusion it is not.  In an increasingly competitive world, a one with more opportunities, but harder to make a basic living in, one has to have engineering know how, artistic ability, as well as design skills.  No longer can someone BS their way in this maturing industry.  So for someone in my situation, will skills in digital graphics, art, product design and now programming knowledge there is nothing to stop me making a product, or shall I say a service that people would wish to consume.

For me, the most memorable part of the three talks was the social experiment involving each member of the audience being given six Lego pieces and tasked with assembling their interpretation from those pieces to make a duck.  To my surprise, with only six pieces there was a far greater variety of shapes constructed than anticipated.  Some were a bit wacky, but the majority of them looked like abstractions of ducks and there wasn’t any clear right answer.  It was quite subjective.

Cozmet team project

I completed a full-on one year course in Computer Science, Software Development HDip yesterday.  It was a very busy time and learnt a great deal.  One of the modules was a team project that simulated an Agile team development process.  To show my contribution to the team, a video can be viewed by clicking on Cozmet_Sean

A couple of screenshots of the design can be viewed below.  It was made entirely using open source software, without the use of Angular or React.  Although, the plan is to learn both frameworks over the coming months and I already know the basics of Angular, it’s really nice.  The backend is powered with firebase, all the data comes from it for each object and the graphics were created using InkScape and Krita.  The layout is made using CSS Grid and I discovered during development CSS and ECMAScript 6 have gotten enough features that jQuery is no longer needed, but it is still a powerful framework.

 

Quiz App

This is a yoga quiz app with back end database storage, written in vanilla JS,  PHP, AJAX and of course, HTML and CSS.

The code can be found at: https://github.com/SeanKelly369/WebDev

The images were provides by:

Learn Yoga Poses with Yogacards by Mark Giubarelli

PHP CRUD UI

For CS230 Assignment 3, using PHP, MySQL and PHPMyAdmin we were to create a CRUD, with bonus point going for the undo feature.  I got the CRUD working fine and saw tutorials for including the undo, it would have required rewriting the entire PHP code into an object and wrapping the binding into a transaction block.  With time being limited, I chose to spend it working on the team project, which has since progressed quite well. Everything else works perfectly, including the dates drop down, the language and type drop downs, and the submit, update and delete buttons.  When the grades are published I’ll upload the code, CSS included onto github.

Below is a work in progress of the product information UI.  I have it working dynamically, added a customisable jQuery plugin for a vertical scrollbar and have tabs animate on hover.  I used a CSS Grid layout with a nested grid for the soon to be thumbnail images on the left.  When it’s finished it’s going to look great :).

Cozmet

A team project for the course I’m attending, HDip Level 8 PostGrad in Computer Science, Software Development.  One member is putting her time and energy into the backend while we agreed I’d work on the frontend.  The other two members are working on the Google map API and get product info page respectively.  With Firebase working, authentication and uploading of member details to and from the firebase database, it is starting to take shape.  The top and bottom are made, now the the middle had to be worked on.  The website can be viewed at www.cozmet.net .


CS230 Assignment 2

This was written in pure javascript, we weren’t allowed to use jQuery and it helped me gain an understanding of how the DOM worked and how to save and retrieve cookies.  It worked out to around 450 lines of code, including some of the attempted extra features I ran out of time to get running.  Click the link to view the video in a new page.  As soon as the grades are posted I can show the code on github at https://github.com/SeanKelly369

CS_230_Assignment2

 

Sharp Wave

Since August 2017, I have been attending a post grad programming course, learning several software programs, including C++, Java, JavaScript, SQL, HTML/CSS, some PHP and we dabbled with Assembler for one lab.

One team project involved using Android Studio with Java and XML.  The end result of the team efforts was a music player, called Sharp Wave.  Below is a download link to short video demonstrating how the app works.

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Mouse design, Fusion work and filmic color management addon for Blender

So after finishing modeling this mouse design in Fusion360, it was a worthwhile learning experience and I’m happy with how the 3d print turned out.  After looking in more depth are other mouse designs, Logitech’s especially I’ve an appreciation of the complexity and skill involved in creating a tool that has become something of daily use and taken for granted.  What makes this design unique is the touchscreen, but in all honesty if this was to go into production I would redesign it, making it about 40% more compact, the side buttons larger, with buttons on the side, LED lighting and textured surface patterns.  It needs to look as visually sophisticated as a Logitech design.  I’ll explain in more detail in the coming days how the concept functions.

What was lacking in my portfolio was evidence of knowledge of injection molding and the manufacturing processes involved.  It has a constant 2mm wall thickness with ribs with a thickness at a .5 ratio as advised back when I visited a Takata plant in Bavaria.


With further sanding with Z-Poxy to fill in the crevices smooth out the surface it will eventually be ready for spray painting with the aim of making it indistinguishable from an injected molded product apart from micro details.

 

Now that I’m at a stage where I’m comfortable using Fusion, less mental energy is used concentrating on how to make the desired shapes and it becomes more enjoyable when making something creative.  This watch design will look great, a level above the Sioux watch that never really looked top quality and high end in terms of design.

 

In Blender Cycles, I re-rendered pretty much everything since buying some HDRIs, a plastic PBR shader and discovering the filmic color management addon, it’s amazing.  Render time is increased, it takes more samples to deal with graininess and it’s worth the extra time when the end result, for interiors especially are more realistic thanks to a larger dynamic range.  Before my work didn’t look quite right and could not understand why as you can see below in the rendered image below.  The differences between the two renders speaks for itself, it’s like they were made with an entirely different renderer.  It’s not bad for open source software, is it?  Who needs to spend €3000 on 3dsmax, when Blender is free?