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How to be a better designer

Delivering effective, top quality design requires clear communication, and clear understanding. Ensuring that you understand the problem that you are solving is a job requirement, regardless of what level of design career you occupy. Ever get confused on a design project when the requirements aren’t clear? What about confusion from an important stakeholder comment in …

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This kind of designer gets paid

Can you think of a problem at your current design job? It could be culture, process, a relationship, a project, pretty much anything. I’ll give you a minute to picture it.… Seriously, take a minute to picture it…. Got one in your head? Excellent. Now let’s get real. Ask yourself the below question…. How am …

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Why design perfectionism is bogus

Struggle with perfectionism? Every designer has. I’ve been there. Staring at a screen filled with un-finished personal design projects that I should have posted weeks or even months earlier. “I’ll get it perfect the next time I pull open the file… a few more tweaks, a few more hours and it will be perfect.” Except …

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A short note on design failure

Want to move forward in your design career? Get used to failing. Yes, the design might be a flop if you hit publish. You might not get the job if you apply for it. However, the only way to guarantee never failing is to never even try. As I taught my son to ride his …

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How designers can deal with stress

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar…? The product manager kills a feature that you’ve been working on the entire sprint. A stakeholder criticizes your design in the middle of a big presentation. An executive demands another feature be added to your mockups but refuses to allow the timeline to be adjusted accordingly. Unexpected frustrations …

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When crap hits the fan

I’ll be totally transparent here. I can’t write what I was planning on writing today. I’ll save that draft for another day. Not feeling it. Today was a very difficult day at work. Sidenote: JosephWalter.com is my side-hustle. My full-time job is Director of UX at an international company where I manage and lead teams …

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Which UX/UI Design Software tool should I learn?

“Dude, who are you trying to convince. Sketch is OLD.” That was a response I received when I sent out a newsletter a couple years ago with some tips on using Sketch software for UX/UI/Product Design. I learned that people get really really passionate about this topic. You might as well ask get people talking …

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Design skills? Only half the equation.

A UX Design intern was in my office yesterday with some questions. He was seeking some career advice as he neared the end of his internship with the company I work for. What I said was a surprise to him… Actual design skills are only half of the equation, I explained. He already knew that developing …

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