User Experience Design for the Nokia Asha 501

Mobile Design Asha 501

Nokia has now closed Vancouver’s R&D site, so this was my good bye project for this iconic and innovative company. 

In my last project for Nokia, I had the pleasure to work as the UX Design Lead for the Nokia Store on the New Asha 501 Phones. This young and playful full-touch device was designed from the ground up for users in emerging markets keeping in mind their needs, behavior, environmental characteristics and constraints; in addition, the device was designed to easily enable social interaction among users.

The Asha 501 was just announced in May 9, 2013, but I expect that the user-centric design approach used to create this device will contribute to great acceptance and adoption of this phone in the targeted markets.

Below is the official Nokia video for the Nokia Asha 501.

The New Nokia Asha – Inspired by people, made for this moment.

User Centric Design delivers results to the Nokia Asha Full-Touch Devices

Mobile Design Asha 305

Just 3 months after its launch, the Nokia Asha 305 is the best selling device in India.

I recently worked as the UX Design Lead for the Nokia App Store in the new Asha Full-Touch devices. It is very rewarding to see that the User Centric Design approach used by the design groups involved in this program is paying off so rapidly and that the product is getting an amazing acceptance in the markets it was specifically designed for.

The Asha 305 is one of the recently launched Series40 Full-Touch Devices, a price-conscious full touch alternative designed for young users in Emerging Markets.

The success of the Asha Full-Touch line of products has brought 2 new devices to market: Asha 308 and 309.

Below is the official Nokia video for the Nokia Asha 309.

Honorable Mention at the Lucie Awards

Lucy Awards, Alex Aranda

One of my photos is awarded honorable mention at the Lucie Awards 2012
The 2012 International Photography Awards

As a designer I am passionate about visual arts. Naturally, when I’m not designing interactive solutions, I unwind and boost my creativity by producing visual concepts with the help of a camera.


The official IPA press release reads:

2012 International Photography Awards Announces Winners of the Competition 

Alejandro Aranda was awarded in the International Photography Awards Competition. International Photography Awards (IPA) has announced the winners of 2012’s competition. 

Alejandro Aranda was Awarded: Honorable Mention in People – Self-Portrait category for the winning entry “Paranoia!.” 

ABOUT Winner: Alex Aranda is a Vancouver-based UX interaction designer with a true appreciation for visual arts. Naturally, when Alex is not designing interactive solutions, he unwinds and boosts his creativity by producing visual concepts with the help of a camera. Alex Aranda – Vancouver, B.C. Canada. 

ABOUT IPA: The 2012 International Photography Awards received nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographer’s accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit www.photoawards.com

UX Design for the Nokia Store on S40 Full-touch “Asha” devices

Mobile Design, Asha Full Touch

In my current role at Nokia, I had the pleasure to work as the UX Design Lead for the Nokia Store on the recently launched Series40 Full-Touch Devices (Asha 305, 306 and 311); a price-conscious full touch alternative designed for young users in emerging markets. My UX Design effort also included the EA Games Gift, a promotional initiative between Electronic Arts and Nokia that has become a pivotal tool in the launch of these and many other Series40 phones.

Below is the official Nokia video for the Nokia Asha 311.

Other phones recently launched with the EA Games Gift are the non-touch Nokia 110, 112 and Asha 202, 203 to mention just a few.

Data Visualization – UN Global Pulse Mobile Survey

Data visualization
Not long ago I designed a visualization using data from the UN Global Pulse Mobile Survey. This visualization represents the Impact of the global economic crisis in 5 countries and its population Sentiment and Forecast.Although we were dealing with different data types, the objective was to clearly represent –at a first glance– the sentiment and forecast for each country based on 5 questions related to:

  • Country Economy
  • Household Needs
  • The Challenges
  • Quality of Life
  • The Future

Two types of linear gauges were used to represent the data.
For question 1 and 2 the gauges were divided in 4 sections based on predefined answers.

For questions 3, 4 and 5 the gauges illustrate a positive/negative sentiment based on the answers . Due to the variety in the answers, a common denominator was found in the sentiment, rather than in specific answers.

In addition, each question uses a tag cloud (weighted list) where we can clearly identify the most popular sentiment in each of the countries involved in the survey.


View the complete visualization here.

One of my photos in a Norwegian magazine

Photo in Magazine Norway

I take photos as part of my creative outpouring.
Part of the fun is contributing to different stock photography agencies and it is always rewarding to find out how people are using these photos.

Today I found one of my photos in the Norwegian magazine kk.no. In this web version of the magazine appears Vancouver model Erica Sprott photographed by Alex Aranda in Coal Harbour, here in Vancouver B.C.