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Hajj, what to pack?

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Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and it is obligatory on every adult who can afford it. I had the blessing of Allah to perform hajj couple of years back. Before going there, I was as nervous as anyone can be regarding preparation. It is a journey in itself. I got benefited from various sources (internet+friends+family) and want to share my experience so it may help someone like me. There are two things to prepare, spiritual preparation and physical preparation.  Everyone knows the best what is inside their hearts other than Allah. So I cannot recommend anything about spiritual preparation. It is definitely unto each person’s capacity and you know how to come out of your comfort zone (your normal spiritual capacity) without over doing it. So here I will discuss few things which I found useful during the journey. I consulted too about the luggage prep from various websites and from the people who had the experience. You can find them anywhere for example https://muslimmatters.org/2017/07/27/hajj-checklist-and-packing-guide/. They have explained why they are required.  Here I am sharing my experience, Only for the Hajj Days when you are away from your comforting hotels etc. Most of the things I have discussed are […]
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My competitors: Are they monsters?

While I was doing the competitor analysis, I realised how BIG and STRONG they are. For a while I was afraid of them and confused why I am going to start this business. Then with the help of my coach and some more research, I decided that I will choose one specific topic within the field. I am sure when you are starting a new business, a new product, a new habit, there are lots of fears comes along the way. But realistically, everything(eg. business) is there for ages, now you cannot (or can in some cases) say that my idea is the one which is unique and no body worked in this field. People start their businesses which are there from stone age, like housing(shelter) and food. But is it stopping people to enter into the field, NO. So why we consider ourselves in their current position while working on just the idea? Your competitors can be your inspiration and helps you in organising and learning in your field. Now I m researching in the specific area of my field of interest and more passionate about new findings, that means more competitor analysis spreadsheets!
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A new journey begins

Coming back to blogging after a long time There is something very important going on in my professional and personal life. I will be mum third time insha Allah this year and my new business will be born too insha Allah. After spending so much time reading and discussing my passion of UX design and research with experts and colleagues, I couldn’t stop myself to start my own business in the area . I also know that the previous knowledge is definitely not going to waste and my development experience will be so helpful in my next venture. I have started to work with Saiyiddah Zaidi in her coaching program Liberated life live. She is the person I wanted to work with from long time but now, I think is the best time so couldn’t resist to enrol in her program. I have choosen her because she is highly qualified business coach and identifies your issues/struggles at very human level. I will insha Allah write about my journey in starting new business. All the progress I have been making and any important step and challenges I am facing in getting my goals.  
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Designing for your future self

I have attended the meet-up which was organised by ladies that UX London . As usual a fantastic evening and the most important thing is the really important topic which most of us missed/forget/neglect/left many times. The highlight of the event was that the speakers were experienced industry researchers and their insight to the topic was amazing. During the talk, they started with behaviour of old people and grasp the area of their needs. She also covered the area of physical body degradation by the age and how we all are going to effect by it. So if we start considering designs which also include older people requirements, then we are actually designing for ourself  and as human, we care about ourself more than anyone else. One important slide while designing anything is: There were many heart touching moments when we saw the videos of old people how they used technology and started to blame themselves rather than technology. This quote definitely my ‘quote of the day’ when someone asked an old man why you press the touch screen so hard: ‘It’s like a doorbell, you assume you have to press it long and hard to get someone to hear you.’ The […]
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Conference: TalkUX Manchester

Last week I attended talk UX conference which was held in town hall Manchester. So beautiful place to see from inside and everyone fall in love with the building. It was really good conference which was organised by the people behind Ladies that UX. The conference encouraged to network with people as well so there were many tea breaks where you have chance to talk to so many people. I loved to meet people from diverse range of background and talking with them was fun. It was interesting experience to go on Oculus Rift which broke in the middle of simulation twice, even then I scored 0 (should play games more!). Emily Heat from BBC discussed the card sorting technique which they are using to arrange their huge data. Here is her slides which she presented the same at talk_ux. Mickela Perera talked about the research and testing with children when she was working with cbbc. Quite interesting talk.  Another talk (#300sec) about designing with children by Sandra Gonzalez caught my attention. It was about how to get children involve into the prototyping session. Talk by alberta soranzo made us to think about digital life after death. It is quite interesting to know that […]
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GA – UX Design

General Assembly’s user experience design course is build for industry practices. It starts with a project and every week I proceed the project. I am outlining my project details here. Personas Problem statement Goals into tasks Conceptual Model Flow Chart Navigation Initial Sketches Balsamiq Mockups High Fidelity Wireframes
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What an Exciting 2014 was ! Is it same for you?

Every year in Jan we try to figure out how was the last year. There are always some regrets and pleasures. Same with me but one thing was different for me which made me feel happy about it and I want to do it again and again. I actually developed agile environment for my personal goals and family. I did sprint planning (1 month) and set targets for six months. As in agile we look and change lots of things through the process , it happened with me as well which helped me to stay motivated and positive quite a lot. I learned quite a lot as professional (see linkedin what I was doing), worked independently on my personal project (noor clothes and why I started), read lots of books (last book lean in by Cheryl Sandburge, good read), got into UX a bit more (course.ra and now ongoing general assembly course to become officially a UX designer), relaxed holidays (Summer wales trip), nice Eids and kept connected with many friends and family (some closed relatives like my Aunt Asma). Hadia and Laiba’s study, started Hadia’s project and lots of learning. I think it is more what I was expected ! So […]
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Why I started Noor Clothes?

The reason for starting Noor Clothes is an effort to solve some problems of female clothing. As working women, I always needed modest clothes without under-laying layers. This desire becomes depression specially in summer when it is hard to find out non-revealing clothes. I often searched islamic clothes and most of the time found them really boring and all coat-like styles. So I started to design my own tops which had knee lenth and full arms and beautiful designs with vibrant colors. Whenever I wore those tops, everyone liked it. By the time I realised it is not only my problem but also problem of many women, specially girls (who deserved to be looked good) without any tension. So Here it comes, My Tops Range is all designed by myself and perfect for both working women and college/university girls. The other probelm which I tried to solve is ‘the shalwar qameez’. People in my community and in family like to wear shalwar qameez. But the problem was, the ones which are available in asian-targeting high streets, are not good enough in quality and really expensive. And if you get one dress from these high streets, in couple of weeks, whole […]
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Love of Reading

My love of reading books is back after many years(of motherhood). I read fiction(urdu) and non-fiction(both english and urdu). Last year I read many interesting books, interestingly there are many autobiographies. Some of them really inspiring which I am listing here: First thing first  by Stephen Covey and A. Roger and Rebecca R. Merrill Design of everyday things Imran khan’s autobiography Edhi’s autobiography Daughter of East by benazir bhutto Safar dar Safar bt Ashfaq Ahmad(Urdu) Raja Gidh by Bano Qudsia This is my list for future reading, in case I find something interesting and slips from my mind. Just Enough Research by Erika Hall To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink Some more from this list. http://timkadlec.com/2013/12/what-i-read-in-2013/ The Books I read in 2014 included Dont make me think Lean In by Syeryl Sandburg Lean UX Communicating Designs  
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Agnitio e-details

Agnitio manager is now very popular particularly in Pharmaceutical Industry for presentations on iPad, as a developer I have to work with it. While working on it, I found it is really hard to find some place where I can get the information about the framework (or a Agnitio Developer discussion/problems place). Here are some ‘things to remember’ while developing presentations for Agnitio Manager. Don’t use jQuery slide function for any sliding effect on the presentation, it conflict with Agnitio framework and will result in whole slide presentation. Use CSS3 animations instead. You can’t see problem while developing on computers, it will happen only on iPad. Don’t use display: none, big performance problem because Agnitio Manager put all the slides up together in dom, so adding/removing new element is killer for the application. Use classes for general modules etc. Dont use same ID attribute for anything in whole presentation. First it is not w3c validated , secondly it will effect the whole structure when performing something specific to that ID. Always test on iPad, dont trust on machines. User experience must be at its best because it is all about touch. Consider all interactions for single interact-able content. Always do a agressive testing, otherwise your presentation can be […]
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