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Giving feedback is hard. The last thing you want is to leave the other person feeling bad about themselves with little to no motivation to improve. Whether it’s in a formal design critique or a spontaneous zoom call, it’s critical for anyone to be able to give effective and actionable insights to another person.

Here are 5 valuable tips to take home with you👇

1. Start with a foundation of trust

First thing is to trust that the designer had the user’s best interest at heart with their designs. At the same time, they must also trust you to respect their work and be critical when appropriate…


How we understand the impact of today’s products

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The human mind is very complex. It’s made up of both non-cognitive aspects like emotion, instincts, and cognitive features such as imagination, perception, and judgment. In this article, we’ll be touching both parts and focusing on what we call the emotional system. Don Norman proposes that this system is made up of three different, yet interconnected levels — each level influences our experience of the world in a particular way.

So what are these levels?

1. Visceral Level

This is responsible for the natural and ingrained qualities of human emotion, which are almost entirely out of our control.

To put it another way…


6 steps to follow (with ZERO experience)

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Hi! This article is for those that have little to no experience in design. I’m happy you’ve come across this piece of writing and are interested in learning more about the field.

Although the market for designers is becoming very saturated and increasingly difficult to land your first real UX job, it’s never been easier to get started. So, if you follow this guide all the way through, I guarantee you you’ll go far.

You just need to be willing to…


Looking outside of the obvious technical skills

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Hard technical skills are very important for any designer to have. Things like typography, prototyping, user research, etc are areas that affect one’s design craft and way of thinking. Apps like Figma, Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Principle, Framer, etc are all tools that help communicate and sell ideas.

However, these are skills that are often seen as being the most important. They’re commonly used as the distinguishing factor of what makes a great designer. …


Looking at examples from popular apps

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The login page is critical for helping your users return back to your app. An easy and seamless experience will keep them coming back. In this article, we’ll look at 7 tried-and-true ways of how popular apps today have designed their login experience and why they made those decisions.

Of course, not all of these tips will apply to your app experience. It’s important to understand these examples and use what’s best for your own purpose.

Let’s go!

1. Keep things simple, stupid (KISS)


7 best practices when using type

Typography is the art and craft of arranging type to facilitate concentration and audience engagement. It is critical for any designer’s work in establishing a connection with the reader — or in this case, the user. Choices related to layout, spacing, color, hierarchy, size, and typeface will make or break a design. Especially something meant to be used by others.

In this article, you’ll learn how to optimize your typography for your user interface to improve readability, legibility, and help your users accomplish their goals.

1. Pick a typeface that scales well


UX Design vs. UI Design vs. Product Design vs. Graphic Design.

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It’s never been so impactful and so rewarding to be a designer than in today’s generation. With so many companies heavily investing in great design; it brings me joy 😃. We’re seeing companies think differently in the way they approach problems. We’re seeing creative ways in which employees are able to solve those problems. And we’re seeing fundamental changes in company processes and org structures to adapt with new technologies.

Big tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google, Uber, Dropbox, Pinterest, Airbnb, IBM. Hot startups such as Discord, DoorDash…


From a designer at Walmart Labs

My desk at home

I get a lot of questions from friends and family on what I do every day as a UX Designer at Walmart (Walmart Labs specifically). So here is a quick look at my day in the life as part of Walmart Design!

8:00 am - Wake up

Oh man, it’s early. I wake up to the sound of my default iOS Clock alarm. Immediately after I get up, I walk outside to my balcony and take in the morning air.

8:05 am - Get ready

Now that I’m fully awake (HA, yeah right) I start to get ready for the day. I brush my teeth, take a shower, and moisturize…


Case study for the new Retriever Design Club website

New website: umbcrdc.com

Our design club needed a new site. It only contained a hero image, our name, logo, quick about info, social media links, a CTA to join us, and a chat widget. It was only one page and all the content was displayed within the device’s viewport. This worked well when we first started the club and needed to whip something up quick to present ourselves online. It served as a nice teaser for our new founding. However, like any organization, we’ve grown tremendously.

We’ve increased our org from 5 founders to 25 active members in a semester. We have taken…


Why and how we started the Retriever Design Club at UMBC

Our full logo.

Starting a club at school can be an exciting yet daunting task. The opportunity to show off your passions and ultimately promote a community of shared interests is so thrilling. However, there can be negative speculations that pop up along the way.

You may think the following:

What if people don’t join? What if people don’t see the value that you would be contributing? What if this is deemed a failure?

These were definitely concerns that floated around in my head before establishing the Retriever Design Club. …

Loryn Chen

Product Designer @uber

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