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Dota 2 custom games problem

November 17, 2015

I would like to discuss the problem with player journey in Dota 2. We will use an example of trying to play a custom game called Dota 10vs10 in Dota 2 platform. Problem: way too many steps to simply start playing the game! It totals to 7 steps just to start the game. Solution: reduce […]

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Toilet icons

September 17, 2015

Get ready for Artemiy Lebedev style post about real-life iconography. Today we will talk about toilet icons. Toilets are important in our lives, because -yes, thank you Captain – we need to piss and shit daily. Well, this is the design that you should not use for the toilet icons:   This triangle-style icons are total shit for […]

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Uber Russia: how to screw up your brand in 4 hours

March 11, 2015

It was an 8th March in Russia, it is a holiday – an international women’s day. Russian Uber has sent me an email the day before, saying that I can order a breakfast and its delivery on 8th March from 10:00 to 14:00, absolutely free of charge. And there was nothing that said that this […]

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Getting a travel passport in St. Petersburg: money first, bitch!

March 10, 2015

Ok, so, following my previous post, I will now tell you this. I came to St. Petersburg from Helsinki to get a new travel passport. We came to the state organization that issues those travel passports. Here comes an interesting part. There is a regular state organization (called FMS) that can issue you a new […]

Ah, the good old talking through the glass!

Russian Consulate in Finland: the lair of ultimate slowness

March 9, 2015

Ok, it is time for an ultimate nagging.
All my essential documents were stolen in Ireland during the Web Summit.
Now I will tell you how I am dealing with getting all those damn papers back!

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Dear iPhones and androidPhones, please make it last.

March 6, 2015

Dear smartphone producers, please make your battery last. Make the iPhone 2 times fatter, I don’t care, as long as it would survive for 2 days, not half-a-day.  We don’t need super slim phones, we are not dystrophic (I don’t know the proper word for those super weak people in English). We can carry […]

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Awesome User Experience: Crossposting Service IFTT.com

March 5, 2015

Nice! Really nice!
I am setting up cross-posting of my blog posts to different platforms and I stumbled upon a great service: IFTT.com
Man, that is how you create simple beautiful web service.

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Don’t make me worry about all this shit please, it’s 21st century!

March 4, 2015

Yeah supposedly it is the age of rapid progress. Super high tech startups popping here and there. People are trying to solve minuscule problems with their projects, innovations… World, please tell me then, why do I have to worry about this shitload of things: Keys Wallet, money Drivers license Passport (in case of Russia even […]

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I just want to get account and buy an app!

February 28, 2015

Oh my god, this is retarded, you can’t have certain country as your AppStore version of choice and payment card of a different country. I even tried to first select Finland and entered the payment info. Then I tried to change it to United States, but the moment you do that, it makes you enter […]

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Drivers license replacement in Russia: done right

February 28, 2015

I am very excited to tell you that, for once, something is done right by Russian state organization and not, as we say in Russia, “via the asshole”, as usual. In this case, the Russian DMV (ГИБДД). As some might know, all my documents were stolen in Dublin. So I am now in the process […]

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The greatest mindfuck…over a dress

February 27, 2015

So yeah many of you have probably seen this tricky dress already. I just wanted to contribute to this mass histeria: this world is so imperfect that even our eyes and brains have bugs. And this is a quite hardcore one. I saw it as gold and white first, then started seeing it as black […]

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Android’s User Experience

February 26, 2015

…is total shit. Android has some nice concepts and ideas, but it does not really matter, because you have to interact with slow, laggy, buggy systems that Android devices provide you with. Only the most high tech android devices might be ok. I understand this is a religious topic, basically, and religious fans don’t want […]

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iOS alarm should tell you how much sleep you will get

February 26, 2015

A nice feature iOS should borrow from Android is telling users how much time is left, before the alarm he just activated goes off.  Very useful.  Now I have to calculate it myself, while I already forgot how to math, so it’s too hard for me. 

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Twitter Apps API: frustrating experience.

February 24, 2015

I am trying to set up automatic cross posting of my blog posts announcements to Twitter. You gotta go through app creation mini-hell for that.

It’s these kind of small things, piled up, that make your User Experience bad and lessen your opinion about the product and brand

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Disqus: Why do you force me to register?!

February 23, 2015

I am trying to install a commenting tool that wouldn’t require people to register. I tried Disqus. Seemed like a nice tool. And free.
But, here it was, the Bad #1: Disqus requires you to register to comment.
Dear Disqus guys, I will reveal something for you: People hate registering to drop a little comment!

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Google Anal.

February 23, 2015

Good: You know, Google has some awesome products. And they are free. They provide Premium User Experience, as they put it, and it’s true for many products, like Google Maps, Google Drive. Those are some superior products, indeed. Bad: But sometimes, it seems that some of their interfaces were created by some retard. New Google […]

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WordPress mobile app: excerpt and image settings!

February 23, 2015

Good: the most popular WP app for iOS is quite nice to use. Bad: but it does not let you write an excerpt of the post! They should implement that feature. Bad: and you cannot really do anything with images, like pick the size of it or alignment. You can fix the alignment with a […]

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House is danger

February 23, 2015

Here comes the new portion of nagging, guys! Excited yet? Well, I am. This one has been on my mind for years. Time to spit it out. Why the fuck is it the norm that our furniture is made to kill us? I mean, really, why is it all made from hard materials like wood and steel? […]

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How to deliver sushi

February 22, 2015

Ok, so I was visiting my dear Homeland MotherRussia, we were laying in the bed drinking tasty sharp red wine. Then I suddenly realised: I want sushi. Right now. Well, turned out it’s not a problem to order delivery at 1AM in the night in Saint Petersburg (unlike Helsinki, where we mostly live). Good: With fast […]

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CELLULAR DATA toggle needed in iOS Control Center

February 22, 2015

iOS is generally great and UX-wise the best mobile operating system out there.
But here is a small problem: they need to add a toggle for turning on & off the cellular data to that quick menu.