Version control is a skill UX can learn to make their lives easier

Use Components, Variants, and Pages to provide different design versions your team members need Photo by Jason Goodman on Unsplash Version control for your design prototypes is one of those things you never think about until you desperately need it. Version control is so essential that many Engineers will devote time and effort to build… Continue reading Version control is a skill UX can learn to make their lives easier

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Tips for design influencers, unethical bridges, right-to-left UI

Weekly curated resources for designers — thinkers and makers. Moses, the so-called “master builder” of mid-20th century New York, was very concerned that white-only spaces in America (like beaches) might eventually be opened to all people. When designing the Grand Central Parkway in the late 1920s — a road intended, in part, to give New Yorkers “an easy way to… Continue reading Tips for design influencers, unethical bridges, right-to-left UI

How to design like MacGyver

Using ingenuity and level-headedness to solve design problems MacGyver TV Series | Season 1, Episode 18 I recently re-watched the classic 1980s action TV series MacGyver. This show was a staple of my childhood — it’s the reason why I always carry a Swiss Army pocket knife and have a paper clip in my wallet.… Continue reading How to design like MacGyver

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Anatomy of a dazzling business email: 15 tips from creative and UX writing

Learn to use drama, information architecture, voice and tone, and more to rocket your business emails from boring to bombastic. Image by Mikayla Mallek Long before I started this job, I began writing long, well thought out emails. But they often weren’t well received. With so many other modes of communication, emails tend to be… Continue reading Anatomy of a dazzling business email: 15 tips from creative and UX writing

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Analytics are leaving out user intent: UX benchmarking can help

Using analytics alone to measure UX misses key navigational data you need to know about your product. tl;dr —With log-based analytics alone, we can’t see users that want to start a task but cannot find it. This leads us to overcount success rates. With behavioral UX benchmarking, we understand a user’s intent so we know… Continue reading Analytics are leaving out user intent: UX benchmarking can help

Is AI going to steal your job and burn down your house?

Public and professional perceptions of artificial intelligence. Dall-E generated image “Illustration of how artificial intelligence is going to steal your job and burn down your house” TL; DR. AI is rapidly evolving, helping us make better decisions and perform various tasks and increasingly doing so autonomously. Will humans eventually be enslaved by machines that become self-aware,… Continue reading Is AI going to steal your job and burn down your house?

Here to get an AI to write a cover letter for every position you apply to

ChatGPT is Open A.I.’s newest venture into A.I. product offerings. You might’ve heard of Open A.I. last year when they really started off the boom of Text-To-Image A.I. models with DALL·E 2. ChatGPT is a conversational approach to the search engine, and it’s proving a big hit. ChatGPT gained 1 million users in its first… Continue reading Here to get an AI to write a cover letter for every position you apply to

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Demystifying Figma auto layout

As a designer, you might see yourself as something of a mad scientist, carefully mixing all of the elements of your designs to create a cohesive and visually striking whole. And like any good mad scientist, you might be a bit of a perfectionist, striving for everything to be precise and pixel-perfect. In this case,… Continue reading Demystifying Figma auto layout

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How to Create an Affordable Figma Portfolio Website

Figma is gaining popularity for design portfolios as a free, web-published alternative to traditional no-code website builders. It has a wide range of design features and thousands of free templates, making it easy for designers to create professional-looking portfolio sites. Most designers hate the same cookie-cutter portfolio templates offered by website builders, not to mention… Continue reading How to Create an Affordable Figma Portfolio Website

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Will nationalism end the golden age of global AI collaboration?

As nationalism divides nations and limits international collaboration, is the future of AI in danger? Artificial intelligence has made tremendous progress in recent years, and much of this progress can be attributed to the open-source software movement. By fostering collaboration and sharing knowledge and resources among developers worldwide, the open-source movement has helped bring together AI… Continue reading Will nationalism end the golden age of global AI collaboration?

A meet-less diet

This year, resolve to nourish your calendar with fewer, more meaningful meetings Tasty, tasty meeting alternatives Welcome to 2023. While we’re all making new resolutions and changes in our lives, I want to introduce you to a new fad diet. It’s a meet-less diet, and it doesn’t involve tofu, meat substitutes, or even any extra… Continue reading A meet-less diet

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Re-opening my weekly design mentorship sessions in 2023

After a brief pause, I decided to re-open my free mentorship slots for 2023. Every Friday I’ll be dedicating time to meet with folks and chat about any of the topics below: Portfolio review and feedback Interview tips, advice, mock interviews Design, hard- and soft-skill building, career growth Working abroad, cultural adjustments, language learning Writing and publishing design-related content… Continue reading Re-opening my weekly design mentorship sessions in 2023

Can ChatGPT write a proper usability test script?

(Credit: author via Stable Diffusion under CC0 1.0 License) Conducting usability tests is a UX researcher’s bread and butter. It’s a critical part of a user-centered product development process, helping to identify and address any issues or challenges that users may encounter. But preparing for a usability test can be a time-consuming and resource-intensive process,… Continue reading Can ChatGPT write a proper usability test script?

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Measuring simulator sickness in VR: a guide for UX researchers

Understand and mitigate the impact of simulator sickness on VR users. Photo by Norbert Kowalczyk on Unsplash Given that up to 1 in 3 people [1, 2] experience some type of motion sickness, it’s highly likely that either you or someone you know has felt a bit queasy after using a virtual reality (VR) simulator… Continue reading Measuring simulator sickness in VR: a guide for UX researchers

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Critiquing our (remote) design crits

Building a culture of sharing our work openly in a scaling UX team Design critiques, also called “crits”, are one of those feedback-focused design rituals that feel so essential to the design process. When done well, they help us improve our design, avoid blind spots, explore new angles, and create higher-quality work. Creating a culture… Continue reading Critiquing our (remote) design crits

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