Venmo’s pay & request money feature

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Venmo is one of the most used mobile payments apps in the US with more than 40 million users as of 2019. With this increase in popularity, the app has similarly grown in features over the years — from shared payments to spending history. However, certain aspects of the app remain stagnant, and as a result, create friction for its users.

One of these sticking points is the UX for how you pay & request money. As someone who has accidentally sent someone money more often than I’d like to admit, it’s an unpleasant experience. …

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Photo by Brooke Cagle

Like many designers who graduated from a four-year design program, I had high expectations for how my career was going to pan out. After all, I have a great degree and a kick-ass portfolio to show for it. While this skewed mentality ironically bought me many opportunities that sharpened my craft, there were times I felt like I was unprepared for the real world as a designer. Sometimes I even questioned if I was a fraud faking it until I make it.

Reflecting back on where I was after graduating from school until now, there were several things design school did not teach me that I had to learn. …


Maxim Le

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