How to use your innate abilities as a Designer to be an amazing leader

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Art by Patryk Wojciechowicz

The best designers are highly empathetic, have deep emotional intelligence, are expert communicators, and have a significant influence on people around them. These are all qualities needed for effective leadership. Unfortunately, many great designers will never realize their full potential because they think they don’t have what it takes. As designers, we often struggle with imposter syndrome and are frequently thought of as people who simply “make things pretty.” But, what most people don’t know is that designers are, in fact, continuously conditioned to become amazing leaders.

Become an expert

As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and the more information you have…


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Art by Randompopsycle

How to overcome working on a remote team, confirmation bias, and a 3-way deadlock of design strongholds

I was recently working to solve a UX design problem with several other designers on my team. The challenge was to make it easier and more intuitive for users to create a new group — seems straightforward enough. We needed to come up with a solution that was flexible enough to accomodate groups with just a single field as well as complex groups with a secondary level of configurations.

Each designer proposed an approach to solving the problem that made the most sense to them and each solution was unique and different. We were able to come to an agreement…


The unintended consequences of design decisions and the need for more thoughtfully designed digital products, made for humans.

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Art by Kit8

User experience design is composed of a vast array of methodologies and techniques designers and researchers use to humanize digital experiences, with the end goal of making digital products easy and enjoyable for people to use.

While this is a constantly evolving profession, I can’t help but wonder — are we succeeding, or are we failing at achieving our goal?

Designers are studying people, learning about their motivations, needs and wants, and applying that knowledge to user experience design. …


How successful UX Designers unlock their secret super power by tapping into their inner therapist

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Art by Nicolet Schenck

One of my long-time inspirations, Esther Perel, a psychotherapist exploring the tension between the need for security and the need for freedom in human relationships, recently noted:

“As a therapist, I strive to be challenging and direct, but not judgmental; warm, open-minded, and willing to let people explore options in life; careful to not rush to diagnose and pathologize; and deeply respectful of the intricacies of intimacy and sexuality.”

Her quote struck me. I was surprised by how much I resonated with it in my…


How a seemingly coincidental series of events lead me to find a career I love.

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Everyone’s story is unique and different when it comes to how they became a UX designer, partly because UX designers come from almost any background or discipline. Some people dream of it and study hard to become one; other people just happen to find the profession by accident.

The story of how I found UX really starts when I finished undergrad. I was young, ambitious, and rather naive. I graduated with a double degree in Fine Arts and Advertising. Even with those degrees, I still…


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Art by Fred Huergo

As a UX designer, I often dream of finding a designer’s utopia: a company with a design team of talented people with wide-ranging skills, a recognition of the value of UX Design and an embrace of Design Thinking throughout the organization.

Maybe this is my definition of a utopia because I have mostly found myself working for a variety of organizations as a lone designer. I’ve had ups and downs in this role and learned quite a few lessons along the way. …

Alora Tishok

Senior Product Designer — RingCentral

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