From Sasha Nadelyaeva, a designer in Ukraine, via Twitter:
How do you accept criticism and not get discouraged about your skills?
Carolyn Zhang, Design Lead at Ueno in NYC:
What a timeless question! I’ve lost many a sleepless night to the anxiety and fear and vulnerability caused by other people’s words. Fortunately, our reaction is completely within our power to change. …
Ricki Xie asks via email:
How do you organize your folder and design workflow for projects and collaboration between internal and external teams? And do you have a naming convention for files? (Don’t tell me it’s 123-design-final-FINAL-final.sketch).
Carolyn Zhang, designer at Ueno NY, happily replies:
Hey Ricki (and the many other people who have emailed with similar questions)!
Once upon a time, in the very early days of Ueno, we…
There’s lots of blog posts out there on how to set up your creative process and workflow to avoid unexpected surprises from last-minute stakeholders. There’s lots of posts on how to give general good feedback. But when a friend recently asked me for advice on how to give late-stage feedback on a project after she got back from her vacation, I was at a loss for good resources to share with her. So here I am, writing this blog post a week before my own vacation, writing to future-Carolyn and hoping to avoid these mistakes myself.
Whether it’s about someone’s…
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3.67 years ago, I graduated from MIT with a degree in computer science and took the leap into design. Though I don’t have formal design training, I‘ve cobbled together a pretty good education by watching the world-class designers around me.
These days, a lot of students in technical fields ask me about this transition. Do I still code? (Not really.) How did I put together a portfolio? (Freelance projects, school projects, personal work, and internships.) How did I…
People told me my designs were a thing I had to “sell.” Like hawking jewelry at a flea market. Thinking about your ideas as a product to sell others is a perfectly fine way to see things, but it didn’t work well for me. I tied my sense of self-worth to this product I made, and I knew that my words would fail me since I was such an awkward human being. Things were looking grim.
So I gave up on “selling” my designs. If my words will fail me, I’ll lean on the pictures. I shifted my mindset and…
design @ ueno.