This is an email from amalgam, a newsletter by UX Research Journal.
It’s been one of those weeks where by the time Friday comes around, I’m thinking, “It’s been A LONG week.” I’m hoping you didn’t have one of those weeks … and if you did, I hope you have a restful weekend.
Some recent blog posts:
- Top 5 UX interview mistakes. Don’t get in the way of your own success.
- Wanna get far in your career? Show gratitude. Nobody gets anywhere by themselves.
- Tactical isn’t a four letter word. The humble usability study has become maligned by UX researchers … and it shouldn’t be.
- UX research isn’t QA. And it isn’t an ombudsman. It’s important for your team to understand where research brings value and where it doesn’t.
What I’m reading this week:
The Millionaire Next Door. I started reading this book last summer but never finished it. Not only is it a good personal finance book but I also think it gives UX researchers good insights into American consumers, wealth, and class.
Articles, podcasts, & videos worthy of your time:
- How to set up remote employees for success on day one. Practical tips from the Harvard Business Review.
- HBR Ideacast: Career rules you didn’t learn in school. An interview with Gorick Ng, author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right. Ng talks about workplace norms that underrepresented young people don’t know when they start their careers. I found myself nodding to so much of this podcast. I’m looking forward to reading the book soon.
- Apple AirTag vs. a drug sniffing dog. Joanna Stern from The Wall Street Journal reviews the Apple AirTag and compares it to other lost-item trackers … and a drug sniffing dog named Wasabi. Confession — I mostly watched this to watch Wasabi get to work finding stuff.
- A mortician answers Twitter questions about dead bodies. I came across this YouTube video from Wired where a mortician answers all sorts of questions about dead bodies and burial practices. I found it super interesting … and I appreciated the mortician’s empathy for the families he works with and his dedication to his work.
I recently bought a house in San Jose (I wrote about that experience here). I won’t move in for a couple of months as I’m embarking on some renovations. You can follow along for almost daily updates on Instagram.
Have a great weekend!