There aren’t any perfect projects. Just like there aren’t any projects so terrible you can’t learn anything from them.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a home run or a complete disaster—a post mortem will help you grow and become more efficient going forward.
A post mortem is a structured follow-up on a completed project, a retrospective, or debrief in other words. They’re essential for growth and for avoiding repeated mistakes. A way to keep the good, and get rid of the bad ways of going about different tasks.
Post mortems aren’t something you should do every now and then. They should be an essential part of every project. Plan for the post mortem and add it to your project timeline just as if it were any other task on your list. …
As anyone who’s been in design long enough knows, design by committee rarely ends well.
Whenever you have input and opinions from several people, you need a way to either sort through it or discard it. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a Frankenstein’s monster kind of thing, where everyone’s had a say about where to steer the project, and no one actually in charge. It’s going to be an expensive, drawn-out process, and the end results will likely be your version of the Pontiac Aztek. It’s not a pretty sight.
Compromising in a design project is a natural occurrence and not the problem here, though. The problem doesn’t even lie in everyone having a say. The problem is that you can’t let everyone’s opinion weigh as much, you need to have one person with the responsibility to decide which ideas to throw out and which ideas to keep. …
User research is key to a successful design. There’s no way around it. If you don’t do any research involving your existing or potential users, you’re simply guessing. And none of us are that great at guessing.
Today, we’ll take a look at one way of doing user research. Let’s talk about card sorting.
One of the key elements of a product’s or website’s ease of use is how the information is organized. …
Have you ever tried a new app, only to realize you have no idea how to use it?
Few things can transport a person from calm and happy, to frustrated and angry, quite the way modern technology can. All it takes is something not working, or not working the way we expect.
Let’s go over seven common pain points in app design so you can make sure to address them on your next project.
So your app is brilliantly using all these modern interactions like pinches, zooms, swipes, double taps, and what’s his name.
Have you actually tested if these are easily adopted by users? …
Yep, I’m here to nag you a bit about that portfolio that you haven’t updated in a while.
Yes, it’s time to get to work on it again.
Yes, even if you don’t plan to look for a new job right now.
Yes, even if your client roster is full and you’re up to your neck in upcoming projects.
You don’t know what’s coming, what the future will bring, or what it won’t bring. So let’s make sure you’re prepared anyway.
So you got a safe job. You’re comfortable with your role, you like your colleagues (except for that one guy, damn is he annoying, right), and you don’t feel like changing things up. …
When you go through your professional life, you’ll come across all kinds of managers. And you’ll likely realize that there’s a lot of truth to the Peter principle—that is, that people in an organization tend to rise in the hierarchy until they reach past their competency level.
In other words, there are a lot of bad managers out there. (And some truly good ones, but that’s for another article.)
Let’s take a look at common warning signs of bad management.
Everyone can be late for a meeting. Stuff happens. It’s all good.
Some people though, and often times they’re the high ranking in the room, are notoriously late. You made sure to be on time for the online meeting your boss, or boss’s boss, and once again they show up late. Five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes. And they’re okay with it, because hey, whatever they were doing that made them late is of course so important it goes without saying. …
It’s common for a client to come to a meeting with a (half- or fully) finished solution that they want help turning into reality.
It’s just as common that what we end up doing is far from what they asked for in the first meeting.
And the reason is key to why you, the professional UX or graphic designer, can justify your role.
Designers in general, and junior designers in particular, have a tendency to just say yes to whatever a client comes asking for. …
Selling design work isn’t an easy feat. Selling user experience work might be even trickier. Like all expertise, user experience work (and user-centered design work) takes time and time costs money, and few companies have unlimited funds in today’s increasingly globalized marketplace.
As the craft of UX design isn’t as established or well understood as marketing, sales, or other parts of running a business, it’s easily done to cut back on it. …
We’ve all experienced it at one time or another.
Perhaps you’ll think of a moment of silence and tranquility, where nothing in particular was happening. Or one of intense action, like the final minutes of a competition, or onboard a boat crossing raging waters — the situation isn’t important. Stillness isn’t dependent on what happens around us. Stillness is something that happens inside us.
For me, it is the feeling of having ground beneath my feet. A steady center within me. The realization that no matter what I’m facing, I’ll find my footing on the next step just as I did the last. Chaos or calm doesn’t matter. …
Ever feel overwhelmed?
Of course you have.
We’ve always been busy doing something, but nowadays our attention has become the top currency, and like Pavlovian dogs we’re taught that it’s a normal state of being to be at the beck and call of others seeking our attention.
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, E-mail, Slack, text messages, phone calls (yes, some people still do that) — our concentration is under constant attack and we often end up doing what is right in front of us (until someone else puts another thing in front of us instead).
“Our concentration is under constant attack”
This is rarely a good approach since this puts us into a reactionary mindset. …