Stories are everywhere.

An open book on a blanket in a bed with lights inside the book, illuminating the pages
An open book on a blanket in a bed with lights inside the book, illuminating the pages
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Stories are present in all parts of our lives: Every social media platform has a story feature these days, we look for the best ones on Netflix for entertainment purposes and we even tell stories about ourselves when we interview for a new job. And you’re reading this article right now because you’re interested in the narrative around a particular topic. We were told stories when we were children, before we went to bed and our interest comes from an ancient desire to gather around a fireplace and to be taken on a dramatic adventure told in words.

As any…


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Photo by Papaioannou Kostas on Unsplash

We’re well into the new year and this is the time of year when people are on the move, switching companies or looking for new opportunities. If you find yourself in such a position — just starting your new job, full of excitement and joy — that’s great, congratulations. You’ve left your comfort-zone and decided to take on a new challenge!

After the initial excitement has settled, the urge to prove oneself slowly starts to kick in. We search for moments to promote our own skills and prove that the company made the right decision in hiring us. …


Why looking back is just as important as looking around.

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Photo by John Baker on Unsplash

I just spent about an hour going through my drafts on Behance which consist of about 6–8 projects that I kept on the platform but decided to unpublish/keep them to myself either because they didn’t showcase the current state of a particular skill of mine or because they didn’t fit the overall theme of the projects that I wanted to highlight in my portfolio. At the beginning, when I started browsing through the first and oldest projects I was expecting to go “What was I thinking?” quite often but to my surprise, the opposite happened. I felt an appreciation for…


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Photo by Paul Schafer on Unsplash

Routines are everything.

As humans, we are very habitual beings — some of us follow our schedules closer than others — but at the end of the day, we all have our routines that we stick to. Having a structure gives us a feeling of safety, comfort and familiarity. We wake up, get dressed, have breakfast, brush our teeth, go to work. We’ve been doing this hundreds and thousands of times in our lives and we are pretty good at it because we repeat these steps in mostly the same order day by day with just a few exceptions.

When…


All over the world in companies of all different shapes and sizes, designers are part of agile teams, developing products and translating business, product management, development and brand requirements into polished designs and memorable user experiences. Designers often work in agile teams because they are part of or responsible for team XYZ which is working in an agile setup. …


As designers, especially in the UX/UI and product design spheres, we often have to take part in and lead discussions about problems and possible solutions. This is a core area of our responsibility and every designer, as uncomfortable and stressful as it can be at times, should not only take part but embrace these discussions.

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“people sitting on chair in front of table while holding pens during daytime” by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash

Leave your ego at the door

In our everyday jobs we sometimes forget that what we create is not for ourselves or for any single stakeholder, but for real customers out there in the real world. Especially when discussing solutions, egos can light up and cloud the judgement of a possible…


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Teemu Paananen — Unsplash.com

We are at a point where design has never been as important as it is today and it’s due to companies like Apple. It’s these companies that have put design at the core of their products and philosophies and really changed the influence and understand of what design is.

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs

This wasn’t always the case and only during the 19th and 20th century, when the phrase ‘form follows function’ was coined by Horatio Greenough and later Henry Louis Sullivan, did the philosophy…


Being a creative, you probably know what it feels like to be in the creative flow. It’s like riding a great wave that carries you along seamlessly, from one great idea to the next. The areas of your brain responsible for creative thinking are handing out high-fives to each other in celebration but then, as the wave reaches the coast, it dissolves and everything is slow and quiet again and you feel like the next wave is far, far away. Frustration soon follows:

This is known as a creative drought and it happens to creatives in all fields of…

Oliver

Product Designer. Motion Graphics Enthusiast. Illustrator.

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