A designer’s blueprint for success

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In the last few months of joining Canva as a Product Designer, I’ve received many questions around what it means to be in Product Design.

What is Product Design?

What is the Product Design process?

What skills do I need to be a Product Designer?

I recently had the opportunity to conduct a Product Design workshop on behalf of UNSW’s Digital Society. The workshop seemed like the perfect chance to teach university students and career changers about what it means to be a Product designer at Canva.

For the full presentation and recording, you can scroll down to the bottom of this article or view the video here. …

Are you the only designer or one of few in your company?

Is the value of design being questioned by the people above you?

Does anyone really know what you do as a product or UX/UI designer?

Sound familiar to you?

These are just some examples of the challenges that you may have faced or are currently facing in your role as a product or UX/UI designer in a not-so-design-oriented organisation.

In this blog, I will walk through some of problems that I faced in the past when working in a small design team and identify practical ways in which you too can overcome these hurdles as a designer, no matter how junior or senior you may be. …

Think about the impact on society and beyond

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As product designers, we play an important role in shaping our future. The products we create have the power to transform how societies think, feel and behave. For this reason, we must be conscious of the social and ethical responsibility that we have towards our users.

We as designers are in a position to proactively drive positive change within our communities.

In this article, I will discuss three emerging themes raised at The Design Matters ’19 conference that we should be considering when it comes to designing new products and experiences today:

  1. Minimal tech. As screens take up more of our time and attention, we need to be aware of how our products impact our users’ productivity levels. How might we create non-intrusive products that help users to focus and spend less time on their devices? …

In the past three months, I’ve had a few people ask me about how I landed a job in UX design without having any relevant experience under my belt.

“How did you get into UX without a design degree?”

“What did you do to learn how to become a UX designer?”

“What advice would you give to someone looking to transition into UX design?”

Many people would believe that the immediate answer to this is to complete an intensive bootcamp at General Assembly or Academy Xi. Whilst I’ve heard that they are a great way to cover the foundations, the reality is that there is more to just completing a course in order for you to get a job. As a graduate who had just completed a four year university degree, I was hesitant to invest more of my time and money into yet another intensive course; so I sought for an alternative way to get my foot into the door. …

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a masterclass called “Dive into Design Sprints” organised by More Space For Light. Having joined the UX and Product team at Rokt about three months ago, the workshop seemed like the perfect chance to learn how I could apply it to my work as a designer moving forward.

What is a Design Sprint?

A Design Sprint is a unique five day process for validating ideas and solving big challenges through prototyping and testing ideas with customers. …


Gloria Lo

Product Designer at Canva

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