I have done on the UX research to start building wireframes for my product. I kinda figure out how it would look like

At the same time, I was looking around to see how would I develop the technology part.

My original ideas that it would work smoothly as this:

I tried several tutorials online and figure out hand recognition function, however, it doesn’t work as fast as required. It can only detect the hand if the hand stays still. It is quite lame though. Pictures below:

hadn-detection

In this pressure time, I come up with 2 options to resolve this:

  • I need to adjust my design, guide users slowly slowly
  • Or I have to find a way to optimize the process

Well I think I will go safe by the first option, at the same time I talked to my friend in AI field, asking for some advice and guidance. His explanation is pretty hard to digest so I decided to ignore this and go on with the first solution.

 

All i need to build is a simple diamond ring. Zbrush has failed me significantly because of its complicated UX and its limits on the render feature. For modelling a simple object, including renders and animation, Blender excelled as all-in-one app with friendly interface.

I am happily replacing Zbrush by Blender for my 3D model. To be exact, it’s because of this life-saving video: (exactly what I am looking for)

I did a bit of intense reading on other thesis and find this thesis is hella heavy.

What takes me so long for my thesis structure, which already has the overall structure given by my teachers?

Well, it’s the details. It’s how details I should put for RingOn project. Under my husband’s guidance, who is a PHD candidate and has got his full PHD scholarship, I have to break down my big picture into each section details.

I estimate my wordcount, anticipate the flow, plan the exact number of surveys and interviews I need or else I would have time wasted. Under great pressure, I can only be grateful for his guidance. Below are some of my snapshot:

Disclaimer: I don’t work for any studio or any monetizing organization. I’m currently getting married and happen to get deeply involved with my wedding album editing.

– Why don’t you hire a studio or some professional to do the wedding album for you? Why all the hard work? – Some may asked.

Well, I did.

The studio I hired did an amazing job in make-up, preparation, and photographing our visual fantasy. However, not at the editing part. Mostly because I’m a designer and I have a high taste of putting everything together. Given a clear concept in mind, I requested to support the editing department, which they gladly approved.

In return, I learned their process, put in my pocket some of the handful of tools for editing a wedding album. I would love to note down and share all the tools I learn here:

 

Step 1: Photography 

This is where we were going out with the makeup team and photography team.

Make-up artist did my makeup for every concept, and the photographer would fixing our posing and gestures for each shot. I love this team their professionalism.

It took us 1 full day for 6 concepts, starting from 11 am until 9 pm.

 

Step 2: Choosing the best shots

Tool: Well just pick the best ones for the final outcome.

 

Step 3: Beautify those shots

In this step, the studio’s designer used lightroom to apply their template preset in most pictures, while I used photoshop for higher expectation shots, especially in levitating ones.

Tool: Lightroom + Photoshop

 

Step 4: Putting everything together in album layout

Well, this stage offers new lessons for me. The studio in Vietnam uses a specialized tool for album layout, named Pixellu Smart Album 2. This one is extremely easy to use and fast to edit the layout. They have different available templates layout you just need to pick from.

One gigantic drawback is this tool is for layout only. If you want to add more cool texts or just a brief introduction, this tool is not available for the task. You have to do it on Photoshop in the next stage.

Tool: Pixelly Smart Album 2


Step 5: Add Text at last

After exporting every page for printing. I added more texts into the results by Photoshop.

I find this last step is old-fashioned however that all we have got. I wonder what big studio would do.

Tool: Photoshop

Step 6: Print 

At this stage, another print shop would handle the printing and other works relate to it.

When we receive the package we just extremely happy with our work.

Here are some of my result, please have a look