No lies. No clickbait. Just real insights of what you can expect after your first year as a side hustler

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Don’t you just hate those “I made this much money in such and such time” kind of posts? In most cases, these posts want to sell you something. In other cases, the title is just a clickbait for a post that turns out to take far more of an effort than what the title suggests.

In June of 2020, I wanted to see how far I could get. I’ve started a design side hustle and took the tips these so-called experts shared with the world to heart. …


Improve these skills to become the best designer you can be.

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The start of the new year is here. Let’s hope for a better 2021, regardless of the ups and downs we’ve all had in 2020. We often start the new year by taking a step back and reflect. A fresh start. This year, 2021, is no different.

By taking a step back you can discover areas within your skillset that might have been, well… lacking. This can be a difficult and confronting process. Believe me, I know from experience.

Last year, I’ve worked together with over 50 designers spread across 4 projects. …


Actionable tips to make full use of all the working-from-home benefits.

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The COVID-19 crisis has forced a lot of us to start working from home. For most of us, working from home is great. Well, to be honest, it has the potential to be great.

There are numerous benefits to your health, mental health, and productivity. Yet, working from home comes with its own set of challenges. Even though it has a lot of benefits, working from home can be hard.

I’ve been working from home for close to a year now. With no specific date to return to the office in sight, I have had the time to experience both the benefits and downsides of working from home in full. …


How to stay motivated and productive as a writing designer

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Every new project you start has that new car smell all over it. Everything you do just works. It is just awesome. However, after some time things will change. Your motivation will change. It is very common within projects.

That inevitable drop in motivation hit me after three months of working on my design side project.

This is update #4 — Motivation, dips & failure

There’s a lot that didn’t go according to my original plan. For example, I wanted to write this post at the end of September. We’re currently at the end of November. My goal was to write two posts a week. …


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A step-by-step guide for your next game night

Playing board games is a lot of fun. Especially with family and friends. Yet, there’s always this one annoyance: explaining a new game to first-time players. I’m sure you’ve encountered that yourself on many occasions as well.

In a way, playing a game that is hard to understand is like using an application that hasn’t been designed well. It just doesn’t feel right. It causes you to feel frustrated and angry. It is not the way you want your fun game night to go.

As a UX designer, it is my job to design solutions to these complex problems. In this case, you are the designer and the people you play with are your users. …


Best practices on form design.

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One of the most common lessons we learn as young (UX) designers is to make everything you design as easy to use as possible by keeping the user in mind.

Well-known sayings from the field of design include “don’t make me think” and “keep it simple.”

We enforce these sayings by applying best practices like the three-click-rule and designing above the fold. Yet, as a UX designer, you could be doing too much in terms of designing easy-to-use products.

By making your forms too easy to use you could hurt the usability of your design. It could cost you tons of money as well. …


It took me 54 days. Here’s how you can do it in less.

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I’ve been on Medium for well over two years now. Yet, I only started writing via the Medium Partner Program a short while ago. For the first two years, I only wrote free stories.

That changed somewhere in July of this year. I decided that I wanted to start working on a side project to increase my income from my day job. This side project would include writing for Medium but wouldn’t be limited to that. As a designer, you can offer so much more.

Close to two months later, 54 days to be exact, I made my first $100 in side project income using my design skills and experience. I’m hoping to increase this number, of course. $100 in two months isn’t really life changing. …


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Applying just a few tips and tricks will improve your chances of reaching the finals (and grabbing the crown)

Fall Guys has been an enormous success for Mediatonic. Millions of people have played this new take on the battle royale genre. With its simple to use elements and controls, great storytelling, and on-point social media presence, Fall Guys is shaking up the game industry as we speak.

With every day that goes by, the general skill level of the player base goes up. If you want to get more wins, you have to stay in front of that general skill level and become an even better player as well.

Here are a few tips and tricks you can apply right away to get to the final round of the Fall Guys episode more often and therefore greatly improve your chances of winning episodes and crowns. …


Actionable tips on getting your next design job.

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LinkedIn has been the number one professional social media platform for years. As a designer, you always needed to have an account on LinkedIn to present your resume, working experience, and vision on design. This would be your starting point when you were looking for a new job as a designer.

Yet, in recent times I have seen that LinkedIn is changing. It is turning more into the new Facebook with an increasing number of irrelevant content, memes, and duplicate posts that aim to get as many likes and shares as possible.

Because of this, LinkedIn isn’t the go-to place anymore when you are looking for a job. Nowadays it will require networking and a specific approach to make LinkedIn work for you in your job hunt. …


If applied, you can change your view on design and the impact your design makes on the world around you.

Man on a mountain. Colorful chain of mountains in the background.
Man on a mountain. Colorful chain of mountains in the background.
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Like most people, I enjoy the occasional quote to help me get inspired. It helps me see things in perspective, change my point-of-view, and sometimes even give me a nudge in the right direction when I’m stuck on a design-related problem I was facing.

The best quotes, I believe, are the ones that are tens or even hundreds of years old and still provide a level of wisdom and value in today’s high-paced design world.

On the other hand, there are also quotes that are often misused, vague, or just useless. The following quotes have real teachable value. We can actually apply the wisdom behind it right away. …

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Nick Groeneveld

Designer & consultant. Working on providing designers the tools they need. Get your free UX Jobs Handbook at http://bit.ly/thedesignerstoolbox

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