Holy bazookas.

Didn’t think I’d be writing a fourth year career update to be honest, but now that I am, I have a few things on my mind that I want to talk about. If you’re a fresh grad, newly hired, a year at work or more, this post will definitely help. I guarantee it. After all, it’s better to learn from someone else’s mistakes and avoid doing them yourself.

Want to read my past yearly posts before diving into this one? Access them here:
One Year InTwo Years InThree Years In

Also, stay tuned for the podcast version of this article, coming soon. …

I don’t know what it is about today, but it seems like I made a few major decisions in the span of 12 hours. Saturdays are meant for rest and relaxation, after a whole 5 days of busting my ass off at work and tolerating certain behaviors I would’ve loved to have gotten mad over. This day wasn’t as peaceful as I had anticipated.

The Spirit of Dora The Explorer

It was this Wednesday that I made the decision to have the tips of my hair cut, but it was today that it actually happened — and boy do I feel betrayed.

After waiting for an hour and a half for my turn, I meekly followed the hairdresser to the swivel chair and presented a photo of how I wanted my hair done. It was a simple request really — just a shoulder-length bob with two layers to add a little body. She seemed confident about the whole thing so I naturally gave her free reign over my hair. …

What a ride. Three years is no joke when you’re talking about a career you’ve had planned in your head since the first year of college. It’s also no joke to look back and realize it didn’t go the way you thought it would — and that’s actually pretty okay.

Every year, I’ve marked my journey as an employed professional here on Medium (Check out Year 1 and Year 2), and this year is no different. …

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Well what do you know — I’m already two years old at my current company, but the skills I’ve gained feel like something that would’ve taken more years to learn elsewhere. I mentioned this in my previous update article a year in (Wanted: Artist — Clocking 1 Year as An Employed GA), that I’m so lucky to have been employed by someone who values individual growth and personal development, and who believes one shouldn’t be limited to what he/she graduated as in terms of opportunities in the workforce.

The past two years have been a very rough ride, from me figuring out what I really wanted to do to supporting my family financially in any way possible. It hasn’t been easy and it still isn’t, but putting those aside, I’ve learned so much more than I expected to when I first applied for my job. While I’m not saying the paycheck isn’t valuable, it’s always been about the experience for me first (though most people might call me an idiot for sticking around with the salary I’m being paid). As much as I’ve changed, that goal has stayed with me. Wisdom gained by experience is always much more valuable. …

If there’s anything being a designer has taught me, it’s the fact that no matter the project, usage of these 6 Design Principles is a sure thing, even if you follow it strictly or not. No matter how much you deviate your design from the norm, it will always follow any of these principles.

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The more you observe your designs, the more you’ll see your usage of a combination of these design principles. It’s universal!

This post originally appeared at http://visual.ly & http://oliviapenero.com

If you’re friends with someone from the design-and-tech industry, chances are you may have been hearing the terms “UI” and “UX” come out of their mouths. Regardless of connections, you may have overhead tech, hip people use these terms, like, “The UI could be better” or “The UX isn’t a fit for this app’s target users”.

What do these terms really mean? Who are considered UX or UI Designers, even? Is it anything like Graphic Design? Do people purposely use these terms to sound cool and techie? Keep reading and you will find the answers.


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Quite simply, UX stands for “User Experience” and UI stands for “User Interface”. Both parts are crucial to creating a product as they work hand in hand to get the “feel” and “design” just right. …

Learning jargon of a specific profession is like trying to understand a language you’ve come across for the first time. While some might sound familiar to what you know, most are still right along the grey areas of understanding.

If you’ve got a designer in your life — a friend, a family member, a co-worker — or if you’re a budding designer yourself, relax and take a breather. I’m here to help.


These typefaces are characterized by the small strokes (serifs) attached at the end of vertical and horizontal lines. …

When I talk to friends who are from a different industry and they ask me to do design work for them, they’re often stumped by the array of words that leave my mouth when trying to explain the process. If it’s happened to you, that’s great — it means you know your designer lingo.

Just like all other professions, Graphic Design has its own collection of jargon and terms you might or might not have come across in the past. …

Believe it or not, color plays a very important role in conveying a message to your audience or brand consumers. We’ve heard it all before, that black exudes elegance and stature, that red and yellow stimulate the brain to feel hunger and want food, and that yellow is the general color for happiness. This is why some brands have painted their restaurant walls a certain color and designed their logos a certain shade.

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Ever asked yourself why you trust brands with blue-colored logos more (depending on personal experience) and why you feel uneasy with brands that have shocking, neon-colored logos that claim they won’t rip you off? …


That one word was enough to set all his hormones on fire. His eyes grew wide and his face flushed a deep red. The room started feeling a little less cooler as our body heat intensified. The gorgeous man in front of me bounded to his feet and gave me a dangerous, bone-crushing hug. It seemed to last forever. Not that I was complaining.


He asked, still unsure if he heard me right, no doubt. He had a habit of asking twice on anything that concerned me, as if I always had to rethink my responses to his questions. Perhaps, because I had always carried a sarcastic tone right from the beginning. …


Olivia Penero

Designer-Podcaster-Blogger. PH https://www.anchor.fm/theindymiss

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