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In my 10+ years as a UX designer, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked about wireframes is how much visual detail to put into them.

There’s an attractive elegance to a simple black and white sketch, but it can sometimes lead to gaps in the shared understanding of what the final product will really look like.

Wireframes shine during the early phases of product development when ideation and rapid iteration are most valued. …


I finally landed mine. And I was miserable.

We all grew up with the idea of a “dream job.” I certainly did. Maybe it starts with the question we’re all asked as kids, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

When I was 10 it was probably an astronaut, but as I grew up it evolved into something more concrete and realistic. At some point in college I decided that it would be really awesome to design interfaces for cars. I went to graduate school to study Human-Computer Interaction and began my career as a User Experience (UX) designer right after.

In 2012, ten years after I started grad school, after cutting my teeth at various companies and honing my design skills, I had my chance. I saw an opening for a UX designer for a major car manufacturer and was offered the job after a long interview process. I was sure I had landed my dream job.

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Leon Barnard

New to this whole writing thing, but not this whole life thing. You can follow me @leonbarnard.

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