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UX Design – Improve yourself

Practice makes perfect.

Or at least, it does help improve your skills.

It does make you a better designer.

A better problem solver.

A better engineer.

A better maker.

Just better.

Here are some resources to up your game.

1. Designercize

Fancy designing a sortable list view for a habit-tracking app to help film snobs?

Or how about designin dashboard for a smart home watering system, to help social media managers?

or, a a settings view for a professional networking site designed for restaurant patrons?

Really, there are no limits to imagination and this very entertaining game interfaced design for a design learning website for designers – is real neat.

Go check the site

2. 100 days of product design

This is a challenge to take to improve your design skills – everyday with one new thing.

For instance on day 01: Design thinking – where you need to use design thinking to create something new : a new way to get to school, a time travel machine a personal jetpack that fits in a backpack. or on day 05: empathy maps, where you make an empathy map for a coffee shop.

Go check the site

Daily UX Challenge

If you like to take things day by day, here is the daily UX challenge – where get a daily email for 20 days  – to improve your UX skills.

 

Go check the site.

 

100 Examples of UX problems

Jon Crabb is a UX designer from London and he’s put together a great list of of UX problems to think about – which I think does largely broaden the scope of UX thinking.

Problems range from :

Find your way around a new city.
Fill small amounts of “bored” time in your day with something interesting.
Split a check at a restaurant.
Split a check at a restaurant between vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Split a check at a restaurant between drinkers and nondrinkers.

to recommend a funnel management flow to Google or design a new app for Go Pro.

Go check the site.

 

a quick one about the designers’ struggle with clients

Yesterday I had a conversation with a designer who made a career change to become a real-estate sales person.

 

yep – you heard well.

 

From panda-hat pencil-in-hand graphic artist and logo designer, he went to sell cinderblocks lots…

 

What happened? well, unsurprisingly – he got sick of clients – he got tired of not getting paid – and he got tired of having the very people who hired him for a job starting to tell him how he should do his job.

 

He got lost.

 

Like many others.

 

Like probably whole of us at any point in our career – when dealing with clients and learning how to provide a service to somebody else – it is not always easy – and it is not happening in your photoshop.

 

This is when I realised – how many people have not yet read or heard Mike Monteiro

 

This guy is the business coach that creatives didn’t have while learning their craft.

 

And most importantly – he will bring back your motivation to do good while giving you the tools to deliver.

 

If you haven’t, you should watch:

 

 

Any issue with getting paid? Watch this one:

 

(Actually – even if this one feels good – it is not always very helpful. I guess it works fine in the US – but from my experience in other places in the world – lawyers aren’t always the best to handle this kind of task… I have other resources I’ll put together for you some other time – still worth watching the talk though because it will help you realise how common these situations can be and how you should not bow your head and agree but you should fight to get that money.)

 

 

Anyway that’s it for today!

Don’t let the daily grind get the best out of you, and remember that your work matter! Just sell it.