Words are a crucial part of an experience and you’re just the person to craft the right language.

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Design solves problems and writing is an essential part of that effort.

By using the right words in your product you can help your users be successful in achieving their goals. In an ideal world, the copy you need to use in your product would be ready before you begin your design process, but usually, there are time and budget constraints, which means you may not have access to a writer, or it could take some time before you get the copy. You’re well into the design process but the copy isn’t available. What do you do?

Do you default to using Lorem Ipsum as a placeholder and wait for content to be ready or do you take ownership and see this as an opportunity to craft the right experience for your users? …


It’s time to make our designs more genuine and realistic.

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Are you up for a design test? It’s a quick one.

Great! I will show you two concepts for a profile page. I want you to look at them quickly and remember your first impressions for both of them. To make the test work, you will need to scroll down the page to see them.

Ready? Scroll down.👇


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Did you know that the average worker is only productive for 3 hours a day?

As technology improves and more options in communication become available, we are getting more distracted, and our attention spans are getting shorter. Distractions are all around us. Meetings, small-talk, interruptions, emails, notifications, chat, and smartphones are distractions that are all stealing our attention and keeping us from doing our best work.

In a recent study conducted by Udemy, distractions at work were called out as morale killers at work because of the emotional toll they take on individuals.

We all understand the joys of our always-wired world — the connections, the validations, the laughs … the info. … But we are only beginning to get our minds around the costs. …


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There you are starting a brand new project at work.

You’ve been waiting for this opportunity. You’re feeling energized and alive.

This time things will go much better than last time.

This time there won’t be any hurdles.

This time you will be able to add the project to your portfolio.

The project begins, and you realize that it isn’t as exciting or challenging as you thought it would be. By the looks of it, you probably won’t be able to add this project to your portfolio either, but that’s ok.

On the surface, this may seem like a missed opportunity, but if you dig a little deeper, I bet you can identify a few areas within the project where you can improve your skills. …


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Sketchtober is here! 🙌🏻

Want to practice sketching but just haven’t been able to? Well, great news for you. Announcing Sketchtober, a month-long challenge for everyone to practice sketching daily for a month.

Inspired by Inktober, Sketchtober is a challenge for anyone who wants to harness the power of sketching to supercharge their ideation, iterate upon an idea, and share their ideas to get feedback.


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Whether you’re a designer, developer, or a product person, sketching is an important tool to help generate new ideas, improve upon existing ones, and to collaborate with your team and stakeholders to bring your ideas to life.

Here are 6 qualities of a sketch that make it valuable in the design process

⏳ Sketches Are Quick

It doesn’t take a lot of time to get your ideas out. Keep a sketchbook with you to sketch your ideas.

📘 Sketches Are Timely

You can sketch whenever and wherever you need to. Have an idea while doing usability testing or sharing research findings to stakeholders? Sketch it out!

🗑️ Sketches Are Disposable

You don’t need to commit to an idea that isn’t working. Because you haven’t invested a lot of time into it, you won’t feel bad throw it away and starting again. …


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Sketches are a representation of an idea with just the right amount of detail to convey its essence. Sketches have specific qualities which set them apart from other design tools such as wireframes and high-fidelity visual designs. Here is a list of qualities of sketches that make it unique and valuable:

Sketches are rough.

Sketches are cheap.

Sketches are collaborative.

Sketches are inviting.

Sketches are exploratory.

Sketches are awareness.

Sketches are contextual.

Sketches are indispensable.

Sketches are iterative.

Sketches are flexible.

Sketches are divergent.

Sketches are participatory.

Sketches are refinement.

Sketches are curious.

Sketches are conceptual.

Sketches are critical.

Sketches are open. …


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Can you smell it in the air?

Can you taste the sweetness?

Do you feel it in the depths of your soul?

That day in the distant future is here!

That day you’ve been waiting for is finally here!

The day you’ve been putting things off to is here right now. Today is the perfect day for you to get started.

No more putting things off.

No more procrastination.

No more inaction.

No more distractions.

No more wondering maybe someday you will start.

No more worry about what might happen.

No more lost time.

No more delays.

Today is the day! …


Sharing a few of my favorite sketching tools.

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Photo by Tim Wright on Unsplash

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — George Herbert

Sketching is a tactile activity. The shape and feel of the pen and the smoothness of the paper combine to make your sketching experience good or great. The smoother the experience the faster and easier your ideas will flow from your mind to the paper.

Although I recommend those new to skething, to start off with a pen and paper. As you gain more confidence in your sketching skills you can try experimenting with new tools to find ones that match your sketching style. …


Bonus: Zero to Novel: A step-by-step guide to increasing your reading stamina.

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Do you tell yourself every year that this is the year you finally start reading more but struggle to make it a habit every time?

I struggled to read books for a very long time as well. I bought many books with an intention to read but procrastination always got a hold of me and a few days later I would fall back into the old routine and stop reading. I even carried the new books around in my bag with an intent to read them when I had some time at work but that plan always fell flat because I didn’t have a good base of reading. …

About

Rizwan Javaid

Sr. UX Designer | Helping my clients build engaging digital products for their customers. Lead sketching workshops worldwide. #productdesign #speaker

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