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Turn Your “Should Do’s” Into “Done’s”

We all know what what we should do. Actually doing it, however, is another thing all together. “I should learn that new design software.” “I should read that book.” “I should follow-up on that freelance lead.” “I should learn to code in my spare time.” “I should exercise.” For each person, their next “should do” …

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Why keep pushing your design career?

What really matters to you? What is worth pushing forward in your design career for? Why put in the extra work and effort? Over the years I’ve always been striving for various things as I leveled up my design career. Trips with my family have always been among my goals. It might seem small to …

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How to win the day

Being an effective designer requires being a productive designer. You can’t be an effective designer without getting the deep creative design work done. We’re only one week into 2021. It’s a new year and a fresh start. What better time to make leaps forward in your productivity as a designer. If you want to be …

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Show your design work early and often

Ah yes. The heroic designer who takes on the web/product/UX design project and then shuts himself off in his own creative silo only to emerge days or weeks later with the final design that will be sure to blow everyone away. Early on in my career I thought that was the way to do it. …

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“Don’t Stop When You are Tired, Stop When you are Done”

I disagree with the above “Don’t stop when you are tired, stop when you are done” quote, which I saw the other day. I get it. I’ve been there. Knocking out designs and mockups into the wee hours of the morning and literally falling asleep at the computer. …But I still disagree with the quote. …

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10 FREE Variable Fonts

Like every designer, I’m always stashing links and font bookmarks away for a rainy day. Here’s a solid round-up of free fonts that are all variable width. Yep, that means you can go with anything from extra thin to black and everything in between, with just one font. Also, every font on this page is …

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101 Days Left

Crazy year. But the year isn’t gone yet. With all the challenges, pain and distractions that 2020 has brought, you still have time to make progress on your goals. What did you tell yourself this year you’d do that you haven’t done yet? You still have time to keep the promises you made to yourself …

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How designers nail remote work

“What day is it today anyway?” That comment from one of my designers could just as easily been any of us designers who were thrown into into an unexpected remote-only work scenario back in march with the COVID-19 lockdowns. Looking back to march, the blurred lines between home and work were enough to drive me …

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Do it now

What will happen today if you do that thing you’ve been putting off? What will it feel like to finally check it off your list? What would happen if you do it now, instead of waiting longer? Sure, scrolling instagram is a much easier alternative. But that thing you’ve been putting off will still be there …

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A better team member

The longer I’ve been in leadership, the more I value people who don’t easily get bent out of shape. Six years ago, I took on my first official design leadership role. I was pretty excited that all the years of hard work at multiple companies had paid off as I moved from a Sr. Designer …

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