Most of your designs will never make it into the hands of your users.

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Man thinking in a grey shirt
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Who would have thought the world of art and design could be so complicated, especially in the digital space. I’m sure those of you who have jumped into the world of design have already discovered just how vast it truly is. From the various job titles to the overlapping responsibilities, figuring out where you fit in can be a difficult task.

If your thinking about becoming a product designer, there are 8 things I believe you should consider before pursuing your new career.

1. Most of your designs will never make it into the hands of your users.

If you come…

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My experience in user testing software products with customers has been anything but predictable. I’ve conducted sessions through in-person interviews, online videos, and surveys. Regardless of the approaches used to gather feedback, I’ve encountered situations that I wasn’t prepared for.

I’m not just talking about the occasional connection issues and last-minute cancellations you’ll receive from time to time. But, I’m talking about the things no one informed me about. The things you don’t think about. Like the different user types you’ll meet and test along the way.

Don’t get me wrong, the majority of your customers will be great to…

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I finally got the green light.

For months I’d been observing others and watching them conduct their own user testing sessions. And within a couple of weeks, I would finally get the opportunity to start conducting my own. On the outside, I was bursting with excitement for this opportunity.

However, on the inside, it was completely the opposite. I was a nervous wreck. Even though I’ve watched my team members conduct these sessions from the sidelines, I felt anything but prepared.

How would I set up a test to receive valuable insight from our users? How would I do this…

Regardless if you are a UI Designer, UX, graphic designer, Interaction designer, and so on.

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My dance partner at the time leaned over and began speaking in my ear. What I thought was going to be words of praise and admiration for my newly acquired skills turned out to be criticisms stating the opposite. I listened to what she had to say. Her point: I wasn’t ready to perform on a stage of this magnitude.

Although I appreciated her critiques and honesty, I was…

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Throughout the course, I was given a lot of sound advice and…

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Broker owners and Admins within the real-estate industry need to stay up to date with their business health and agent performance on a weekly/monthly basis. Having a tool that allowed brokers and admins to assess the health of their business was key.

Recognizing this need, we invested in creating a tool that gave brokerages this capability. However, the new tool wasn’t as intuitive as we had hoped which made it harder for the brokerages to see the overall health of their business.

So we decided to create a dashboard within the product that made it easier for owners and admins…

Joshua Matthews

Using life experiences to make better designs for digital products & websites.

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