Good morning traveller! Today I want to appeal to the builder in you, the tinkerer, the dreamer. The person who loves coding, building stuff from scratch, sometimes to solve a problem, sometimes just because it’s goddamn fun.
How often do you have a new idea for a cool side project?
You’re in the shower, and all of the sudden, you have this amazing idea… but somehow you never find the time to do anything about it. And it slowly withers and dies and ends up in the lonely cemetery of ideas…
Does this sound familiar to you? How many of you have ideas that are withering abandoned in the darkest corner of your brain?
A while back I read a book - Die Empty - in which pages I read something like the following (I am mostly sure it was this book… 80%… 60%?):
The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled,
the books that were never written,
the songs that were never sung,
the inventions never shared,
the cures never discovered...
And this is super sad, and very true. We live in a society that pushes us towards mindless consumption and we forget to exercise one of the most giving and fulfilling skills we have as humans: creating.
And that sucks!
Fear not! And don’t be saddened either! For today I’m going to show you a friction free way to bring your ideas to life with Angular and Firebase.
In the first part of this series we talked about the importance of aesthetics and how beauty improves user experience. But building beautiful apps is kind of hard so it’s nice to get some help from awesome visual languages like Material Design and libraries of components like Angular Material. Angular Material brings all the awesomeness of Material Design to your Angular apps. It provides numerous components that work seamlessly with Angular and which can both boost your productivity and let you create truly beautiful web apps.
To showcase some of the components that you have available today, we are going to build this dating app: Derek Zoolander’s Center for Models Who Can’t Find Love.
Why is “Beautiful” important? Why is beauty Important?
Think about someone in your life that you find attractive. And don’t just think about him or her, close you eyes and visualize that person in your mind (ok now you can’t read, this worked better in a talk, open your eyes! Good, hi!). Think about how you feel around that person and how you usually interact with him or her. Are you happier around that person? Are you always willing to help him or her? When he or she makes a mistake, aren’t you all smiles and quick to dismiss it?
Or think about a beautiful product you love. For instance, think about your iPhone or your Google Pixel. Think about it’s luscious form, its awesome and bright high definition screen, its weight on your hand, the softness of its case, how does it make you feel?
How do you interact with a beautiful iPhone as opposed to that ugly and bulky Nokia 3210 - weapon of mass destruction - that you used to have aeons ago?
Or think about your favorite app or website. Flipboard is one of my favorite apps and it’s been for a while. It provides an awesome experience for reading articles. What set it apart from other similar apps was its beautiful design and aesthetics. Is there any beautiful app that you love using? How do you feel when you’re using this app as opposed to other similar apps?
So Why is beauty important? Because beauty improves your User Experience.