The first day I sat down to write a UX case study, I had no idea what I was doing. I remember that I wanted to write about an app that I was using constantly, called MyFitnessPal. I had done a bit of research, but when I sat down, my mind went blank and I ended up writing a 900-word diatribe about the social aspects of the app.
To this day, I can’t believe I had the audacity to show anyone this case study. When I showed my friend, he just laughed at it.
Creating a design resumé doesn’t have to be particularly complicated. In fact, keeping your resumé simple will get you further in the hiring process than an over-the-top design that may grab attention but won’t necessarily impress hiring managers.
Have you ever tried to read an article or document that just resembled a wall of text? No headings, no titles, no captions, just text. It’s hard to read, right? I’d bet that you’ve even avoided reading content in that format on more than one occasion. It strains your eyes, and makes it hard to understand and figure out what’s important.
What is UX and UI design?
User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design are two separate, but related, design disciplines. There are designers who specialize in one or the other, as well as designers who do both. So what are the differences and similarities between UX vs. UI design? And which kind of design should you learn?
Why your business needs a designer
Some say content is king. Others say product is king. But without good design, your product and content both become the kind of self-proclaimed kings that rule over imaginary kingdoms with no one in sight. In today’s customer-centric digital world, the combination of product, content, and user experience design is the key to climbing the throne of business growth and success.
“Wellness” is a common buzzword you’ll see discussed in a lot of missives about corporate culture. Wellness programs, wellness stipends, wellness benefits, etc. are often listed in the perks section of many job listings. And while the focus on wellness is a positive step, what does it…
EXCERPT FROM BLISS TO BOSS
This is an adapted excerpt from Bliss to Boss: The Practical Guide to Creative Business.
When you’re creating a product or service, it’s important to think about the problems your potential customers have. What problem are you trying to fix for them?
I quit my job in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was not just any job. It was a cushy remote job at a company that’s both well-positioned to ride out the pandemic and also treats its employees very well.
It was not an easy decision to make. While I liked the company overall, I was unhappy in my current role there. More importantly, I was unhappy being an employee in general. With everything going on in the world, though, was I crazy to even consider quitting?
I still visit my favorite childhood bookstore and have become friends (and trivia rivals) with the owner. Bookstores and libraries were my sanctuaries growing up. I biked to the library at least once a week, all through elementary school.
I mean, all that knowledge right at your fingertips (yes, I know, smartphones have made that even more true). Any time I wanted to learn anything, off to the library or bookstore I went...
I’ve been making my living as a full-time writer and editor for around 15 years now. I have chapters published in five non-fiction books, plus I’ve written and published four others (two of them published by major publishers in the US and UK, two of them self-published by choice). I’ve also written five novels and novellas. I’ve written somewhere in the range of 1–2 thousand articles (I lost count a long time ago) that have been published on sites with millions of readers...
Anyone who’s ever attempted to write something longer than this article has likely encountered writer’s block. It can be debilitating and completely derail any project you’re working on, whether it’s a book, long-form article, report, or anything else.
We tend to think of “writer’s block” as this magical, ethereal thing that just happens, that we can’t do anything about, and that we just have to deal with...
I remember the first time I came across the concept of “ultra-scheduling.” It was on designer Jessica Hische’s blog, and it seemed like it might be a great way to finally keep my day organized and get everything done in a timely manner so I could have my evenings free to do whatever I felt like.