I rolled over in my bed and reached for my phone. Blackout curtains created the illusion of night with only a few pockets of light able to sneak through the corners revealing the daylight beyond them.
As I squinted at the piercing blue light from my smartphone, I made out the time, 11:08 am. I could hear the chirping of motorbike horns from the bustling nearby road and smelled the thick aroma of beef soup from the street food vendor beneath my studio apartment in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. …
Typography involves so much more than choosing a great font. When used effectively, it can enhance usability, readability, accessibility, and hierarchy within an interface. In this piece, I’ll share some tips and industry-standard principles for using type like a pro in a UI.
Typography terminology creates the foundation of our knowledge of type. Think of typography terms like kerning, leading, and weight as levers that we can pull to create more readable and aesthetically pleasing designs.
This article was written by Paul Rowe, Engineering Manager.
Designers are often eager to jump straight into UI animations, trendy UIs, and high performing roles before really honing the basics.
Well, I’m here today to take a step back and explain topics like creating a usability test or the perfect color palette as simply as I can.
Following a convention for spacing brings uniformity to our designs and ensures that we create consistent designs while collaborating with other designers.
There are two methods that designers frequently rely on to accurately space elements on the page. …
I wrote this article to help designers, product owners, product managers, UXers, developers, and anyone else to craft more inclusive product experiences.
It’s normal to approach design through the lens of our own perspective, believing our experiences reflect those of everyone else. This natural bias in our human nature can work against us when solving design problems since we’re only solving for people who are like us.
The challenge in design is to create experiences that are adaptable, flexible, scalable, and most importantly, usable by as many people as possible. …
This post was guest written by Shannon Groom, Senior UX Designer.
I stumbled into UX several years ago after working in a combination of communication, marketing, and graphic design roles. I was unhappy in my position at the time, and I had filled my Google search history with sad entries like “how to find your passion,” “does anyone like their job?” and “where do I belong?”. After endless googling, I found some advice that resonated with me, and I still 100% agree with — work for a company about which you are genuinely passionate.
This was the best, most-actionable career advice I had ever received and led me to search through the apps on my phone. Those apps represented the brands that I respected the most as I allowed them real estate in my hand every day. I opened a tab for every company and scoured their job openings. I learned two things while doing this: One, every company was unfortunately located in Palo Alto, very far from my home in the Midwest. Two, many companies had openings for a UX Designer, so out of curiosity, I googled what that meant. …
The design space is awash with countless design tools, plugins, websites, resources, and more promising to improve your workflow and make you a savvier designer. I’ve tried my hand at a lot of them over the years, but there are only a few that really stand out.
This list is the cream of the crop — the most obscure, creative, unique, helpful or exceptional. Some are fun sites to be inspired from; others are tools and resources that will absolutely make you a better designer.
I hope you enjoy! Let me know what your favorite tools are on Twitter.
Google is one of the biggest and most influential players in the tech space, so it’s no mystery why their design system has a tremendous impact on how digital products are designed. The company’s Material design guidelines outline worthwhile principles for every designer to follow — regardless of whether they’re designing for iOS or Android.
In this piece, I’ll share key takeaways that I found while reviewing Material’s guidelines and provide my take on how best to execute their rules and methods. …
Whether you’re laid off, unemployed, furloughed, or want to make some extra money on the side as a designer — this article will give you ten ways to start making money from your design chops today.
There is no magic to making money as a designer, but I’ve had personal experience or seen all of the following methods be fruitful for anyone who gives it their best effort and is patient for results.
As a college dropout, I needed to hustle to make a living. I’ve tried dozens of ways to make money online — everything from getting rich quick schemes to building businesses from scratch. …
In 2016, I recognized that I wasn’t achieving my goals, learning new skills, meeting new people, getting in shape, or focusing on my mental health not because I wasn’t motivated, but because I wasn’t tracking it.
Peter Drucker said, “What gets measured gets managed.” This maxim became the cornerstone that I used to transform my life. With that quote in mind, I decided to outline my goals and then break them down into simple habits that I could achieve in bite-sized amounts daily.