Brian Ngan

I am a product manager and UX designer based in Singapore.

About Me


Genie: COVID-19 Auto Financial Loan Scheme
portfolio | 10 May 2020

Photonico: UGC Photo Contest
portfolio | 30 Apr 2020

Daily UI: Landing Page
portfolio | 25 Apr 2020

Daily UI: Credit Card Checkout
portfolio | 24 Apr 2020

Daily UI: Sign Up
portfolio | 22 Apr 2020

Daily UI: App Icon
portfolio | 21 Apr 2020
Designing Photonico
portfolio | 10 May 2019
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How To Do Better Retrospectives?

I hate Retrospectives. It’s an expensive and time-wasting meeting. I don’t see real problems being aired and addressed. Rather, I see a lot of self-promotion and a pinch of git-blames going around.

product | 12 Jul 2020
A Product Manager Reads Creative Selection

Creative Selection describes Apple’s product development process during the creation of Safari, Mail, iPhone and iPad. It was an approach that was characterised by prototype demos and feedback.

product | 16 Jun 2020
The Freedom We Run Away From

We are condemned to be free. Because once you are thrown into the world, you are responsible for all that you do. Jean-Paul Sartre describes us as radically free. Free to choose from a dizzying array of options at every turn. Even while there are things that are inherently outside of our control, we are free. We are free to at least choose how to react to what has been done to us.

philosophy | 21 May 2020
What is Good UI Design?

When thinking about whether user interaction is good, it helps to keep in mind:

ux-design | 21 May 2020
The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements

Readers have two ways of interpreting the book. The kind interpretation is that the book warns readers of the cyclical nature of social revolutions, religious movements and nationalist movements; warning readers that the prerequisites of mass movements are always there. The less kind interpretation is that the book provides a play-by-play for creating your first cult.

philosophy | 14 May 2020
Reflecting on: This Is Water

In the speech titled This Is Water, David Foster Wallace suggests a nascent idea of what the point of it all is:

philosophy | 21 Apr 2020
Remote: Office Not Required

Right now, as COVID changes the way we work, it’s the ideal time to relook the ideas in the book. I found three ideas in the book to be particularly meaningful:

product | 01 Apr 2020
An introduction to Zen Buddhism: D. T. Suzuki

What I like about the Zen practice is that it brings attention to something that is always there - the free, quiet and sufficient mind. In today’s busy, complex and anxiety-inducing landscape, Zen feels as relevant today as it did during its ancient origins.

zen | 31 Mar 2020
Hypocognition: Missing The Words

A lot of life is about understanding and representing the real world. Words play a critical role in helping us to both internalise and socialise the ideas in our heads. We describe discrete objects with nouns, interactions with verbs, relationships with adjectives and so on.

self | 15 Mar 2020
Product Management: White Space Discipline

White space (or negative space) is a photography term to describe the empty space of a photo. This empty space allows an audience to experience three things: clearer composition, breathing room, and an emphasis on the important details.

product | 12 Mar 2020
Kierkegaard: Busyness As A Vice

A reminder on busyness and existence:

self | 10 Mar 2020
The SEO Game

Be me. Took part in the SEO Game.

product | 09 Mar 2020
The Way Of Zen

This book has three great ideas that have changed my thinking:

zen | 20 Feb 2020
Taste: A Concept at Work Nobody Talks About

In the workplace, taste is an unspoken concept that underpins all business decisions. Words, in the form of explanations and design rationales, only go so far in capturing the thought processes behind the idea or approval. The rest is up to the employee’s or the manager’s sense of taste.

product | 01 Jan 2020
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

For Zen students, the most important thing is not to be dualistic. Our “original mind” includes everything within itself. You should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. this does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything.. In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind, there are few.

zen | 13 Jul 2019
A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind

Why monks are so fastidious and disciplined when it comes to doing chores. Because this mindset turns mundane routine tasks into daily invitations to be mindful and grateful.

zen | 13 Jul 2019

Picture Of The Day