How can I help my co-workers do their best work?

Last week, I was in a meeting where some of the engineers and I were listening to a research share out from the UX researcher we were working with. At the end of the conversation, one of my teammates asked a question about documentation and UX writing. My other teammate responded saying that he could provide more insight from other teams or resources to help him address his question. …


The hardest part of design is knowing when to stop

If you haven’t worked on too many projects, it can be easy to treat your work like a new born baby. You want to protect it, and make it look amazing. The problem with over managing your work is that it could lead to over refinement or the fear of making changes when needed. It clouds your judgement in that the design is part of the problem solving process and will change depending on the situation. The difference is that some changes are needed to address the problem, while others are not necessarily critical in addressing the problem.

A design…


Everyone wants a good project to be hired

When creating your portfolio, you might think: what idea is valuable for a school or side project? There is a misconception that certain ideas will result in great projects. In fact, a good design portfolio project has five key elements that make it stand out: context, scope, rationale, visuals and impact.

1.Context is the problem you are trying to solve for: What is the problem and why is it important? Understanding the reasoning behind how the project came into existence and where the idea came from begins to help you frame the scope for achieving it and how you begin…


Personal tips and tricks that have worked for my Google and Facebook interviews

I like to think of a portfolio presentation as a pitch deck that I’m presenting to investors, except I replace investors with interviewers. With a good pitch deck, they are have a clear narrative, problem and user base, show how they got to where they are through their process and why it was important to the outcome, as well as why the outcome was important. Visme, a tool that allows you to utilize templates, recently wrote an article called 17 Pitch Deck Templates Inspired By Real-Life Startups and Businesses. …


What they look like and how to make them while balancing different stakeholder’s wants and needs

Q: I’d love to learn about the different kinds of trade-offs you make as a designer. I think that would be really helpful because I haven’t had much experience navigating a larger organization and balancing different stakeholders and coworkers.

Have you ever presented in a group project, saying that your idea is the best, only to have your peers feel left out and lose trust in you because you left their ideas out when building out the deck? It’s like saying that smoking is bad, even though you don’t smoke or understand the challenges of quitting in front of a…


My takeaways as a featured speaker at WiUX Conference 2019 and as a junior designer at Google

A few weeks ago, I spoke at WiUX’s (Women in UX) 5th Annual Design Conference, which aims to empower and connect women of all experiences, and aid their endeavors in User Experience and related fields. This year’s topic was UX Across Borders which gave me the opportunity to think beyond the traditional conventions of what it meant to be a UX professional.

Something that came up from work was the way we typically view leadership. When we think about leadership, we might think of how decisions are made from the higher ups, and as an individual contributor, we simply…


As you start out your new job, one of the first things you do for yourself and with your manager is map out goals or milestones you hope to achieve. This could be as vague as completing your first project or as specific as getting promoted by the next year.

When I first started at Google almost a year ago, my goals were started out big and fluffy. I wanted to ensure I wasn’t designing in a vacuum and that I could articulate my designs to stakeholders. I wanted to take part in design outreach events, and like most people…


Imposter syndrome seems to be a trendy term I see these days and it’s something that I go back and forth in-between, especially when I encounter new situations. I feel paralyzed but have been counteracting it with excitement and a sense of purpose and intention for every action I take (this has worked wonders for me and you should try it too). In my words, I see imposter syndrome as a dark stream of smoke that comes out of your belly button when you are attempting to overcome your fear (for anyone who watches Adventure Time, you know what I…


In most tech companies, we are measured based on the amount of impact we make in a way that is tangible. This is often based on how many products we ship, but not necessarily on the strategy or execution of it. This could be the result of a few things: You didn’t fully understand the user, you didn’t fully align on priorities, and a point that often gets left out when thinking about strategy that we have seen in popular tech products such as Facebook and Twitter get flack for: the future implications a product has on user behavior.

This…


In meetings, I am not the most naturally well-spoken person. It takes a while to think of what I want to say and I get self conscious for speaking up because I’ve had experiences where I felt like what I said was not getting heard, or I would get interrupted. This has been happening a lot at work since I had not been used to presenting so frequently, but at the time I said this was okay for now and held back insecurities I had as one of the only females in those meetings.

It also doesn’t help that I’m…

Tiffany Eaton

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