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“I’m tired of being told to listen to designers, that they want a seat at the table. Don’t tell me. Don’t ask for it. Show me why I should listen to you. Show me results.”

This is a quote from a director of product management I worked with for two years. The tone was offensive, the was language harsh, and yet I agree with the sentiment.

Design “having a seat at the table” has been a topic of discussion for years. As design practices mature, companies grow, and processes change, we in the design community have fought to increase our influence. …


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I’ve recently talked to a few members of my design team about their reluctance to switch from one design app to another. Learning the features and UX of a different design product can be stressful, especially when that learning results in shipping slower for a little while.

I get it. That’s not fun. I imagine a seasoned carpenter being told they have to use a new kind of hammer.

But like a carpenter with their hammer, a designer’s pixel-pushing program is but a fraction of the toolset. At least it should be. And in service of “should be,” I’d like to share some of the tools I’ve recently been using in my work as a product designer. …

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Evan Osherow

UX and Product Designer in Portland, Oregon. Comfy socks.

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