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The secret sauce to making your life easier as a UX Designer
Career
5 min read

The secret sauce to making your life easier as a UX Designer

Ever felt disappointed with a meeting or project because things didn't go as you thought they would? Often, it's because we didn't set or understand expectations clearly. So, let's talk about how we can get better at managing expectations – making things smoother for ourselves and everyone else.
Can I break into UX without any previous Design background? Let’s find out.
Career
5 min read

Can I break into UX without any previous Design background? Let’s find out.

Consistency and drive are what truly matter, and these qualities aren't tied to any specific background. The challenge is that few people are ready to make the necessary effort. But let's focus on the positive: You can cultivate consistency, motivation, and proactivity, regardless of your past experience or education.
Mastering Visual Skills in UX Design: A Beginner's Roadmap to Success
UX/UI
5 min read

Mastering Visual Skills in UX Design: A Beginner's Roadmap to Success

Navigating the intersection of visual skills and UX Design is less about innate talent and more about a balanced approach to learning and application. Whether you’re a beginner feeling daunted by the artistic aspects or an experienced designer undervaluing visual skills, remember that proficiency in this field is a journey of continuous growth.
Time Management Mastery for UX Designers: Elevate Your Learning and Productivity
Career
5 min read

Time Management Mastery for UX Designers: Elevate Your Learning and Productivity

UX Design is one of the most complex and fast-paced industries and managing your time can become increasingly challenging, even when you are just starting or you are in a learning process.
Crafting Authenticity Online: Navigating Personal Branding as a New Designer
Career
5 min read

Crafting Authenticity Online: Navigating Personal Branding as a New Designer

If you've toyed with the idea of carving out your own digital niche, you're likely familiar with the nagging doubts and the feeling that it's all been done before. Especially if you're new to the scene, the task of establishing an online presence can seem like an ordeal in a world brimming with voices.
Transformative Journey: My Personal Odyssey through UX Bootcamp
Career
6 min read

Transformative Journey: My Personal Odyssey through UX Bootcamp

If you’re considering a career change, there are a few things you should take into account before enrolling in any bootcamp or course.
Beyond Craftsmanship: Essential Unseen Skills for Design Professionals
Career
6 min read

Beyond Craftsmanship: Essential Unseen Skills for Design Professionals

As I dive deeper into client projects, I realize how valuable some skills can be, even though I didn't consider them crucial. I used to dodge them and think it was enough to master the craft; everything else would follow. Previously, mastering the craft seemed sufficient, believing other things would fall into place, neglecting the realization that these skills form the essence of mastery. Let's discuss about them.
Words Matter: Transformative Communication Tactics for Product Designers
Career
5 min read

Words Matter: Transformative Communication Tactics for Product Designers

Effective communication is pivotal in product design, playing a key role in team collaboration, convincing clients, and articulating design decisions. This article emphasizes the importance of audience-centric communication, urging designers to highlight direct benefits for stakeholders. Commonly overused phrases, like "Let me know what you think", can be reframed to guide audiences toward desired actions and set clear expectations. Additionally, subtle language tweaks can counteract unintentional 'insecure vibes' in communication, replacing hesitancy with confidence. By refining our communication skills, we can present ideas more effectively, fostering better understanding and collaboration."
A beginner’s guide for mentees to ace their mentor sessions
Bootcamp
5 min read

A beginner’s guide for mentees to ace their mentor sessions

Time is a valuable and limited resource and so it’s important that you make the most of the time that you have with your mentor. The best way to do that is by being prepared and taking initiative. Let’s break it down to what you can do before, during and after the sessions with your mentor.
Finding Nemo: My First UX Research Expedition
UX/UI
5 min read

Finding Nemo: My First UX Research Expedition

Like the ocean, UX Research can easily feel daunting in its enormity. There is so much to learn, so many different routes one can explore, and numerous best practices to familiarize yourself with along the way. My research journey was a healthy mix of Dory’s optimism, some of Marlin’s fear, a few challenges, and ultimately finding Nemo.
From Loose Screws to Seamless Slides: My Journey to UX/UI Design
Student Life
3 min read

From Loose Screws to Seamless Slides: My Journey to UX/UI Design

UX/UI Design somehow manages to incorporate problem-solving, creativity, and strategic thinking with a steadfast focus on placing humans at the heart of the design process. It so wonderfully captures my passion while simultaneously playing to my strengths. The smooth sliding drawer I’ve been looking for!
Designing Effective Wireframes: Embracing Trends while Staying Grounded
UX/UI
5 min read

Designing Effective Wireframes: Embracing Trends while Staying Grounded

The iterative nature of the design process is no secret. Discussions, decisions, readjustments, tests—every facet of the process applies equally to wireframing. Yet, sometimes we overlook the importance of wireframes or bypass them altogether. Wireframes are tools for dialogue and change without the stress of lost effort. Imagine investing days into a product design only to have it revised within half an hour.
Unlocking the Power of UX Design: My Journey of Creative Exploration and Growth
Student Life
4 min read

Unlocking the Power of UX Design: My Journey of Creative Exploration and Growth

My journey has been all about seeking simplicity, embracing efficiency, and pushing the boundaries of innovation. From my experiences as a child to my professional growth, my passion for visual design has led me to this moment. With education, hands-on experience, and a strong drive, I’m confident that I can build a rewarding career in the ever-evolving field of UX/UI design.
Designing for Distinction: How UX Elevates Startups Above the Rest
Career
7 min read

Designing for Distinction: How UX Elevates Startups Above the Rest

Whether it’s posting on social media or streaming music, the interaction with a product or service significantly impacts our overall experience. A well-designed UX addresses the essential questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how, providing intuitive interactions and clear answers for users. By prioritizing user convenience and delight, UX can be a game-changer for your business. Let’s dive in and explore!
Unlocking Opportunities: How to Gain Practical Experience as a Junior UX Designer
Career
5 min read

Unlocking Opportunities: How to Gain Practical Experience as a Junior UX Designer

Starting a career in UX design can be challenging, particularly for aspiring junior designers. The scarcity of companies offering UX internships and the prevalence of job descriptions demanding "X years of experience" can make it seem daunting to enter the field. In this article, we will explore actionable steps that junior UX designers can take to set themselves up for success.
From Good to Great: Cultivating Your Eye for Design and Elevating User Experiences
UX/UI
5 min read

From Good to Great: Cultivating Your Eye for Design and Elevating User Experiences

Whether you're just starting out or have some design experience, the journey of learning and developing your design skills is an exciting one. I In this article, I share valuable insights and practical tips that have helped me cultivate an eye for design. From exploring the power of imitation to embracing healthy competition and expanding our creative horizons, I hope this article will be your guide to unlocking your full design potential.
Navigating Pitfalls: 4 (More) Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your UX Portfolio
Career
5 min read

Navigating Pitfalls: 4 (More) Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your UX Portfolio

The process of crafting a compelling UX portfolio involves more than just showcasing your work. It's about striking a balance between demonstrating your skills and not overwhelming viewers, making strategic use of available resources, showing the real-world impact of your designs, and demonstrating your critical thinking abilities.
Boost Your Design Influence: Strategies for Consistent Content Creation
Career
5 min read

Boost Your Design Influence: Strategies for Consistent Content Creation

Consistently creating content while working full-time or learning design can indeed be challenging, but it is entirely achievable. Overcoming the fear of not having anything valuable to share, forming a non-negotiable habit of writing, deriving inspiration from multiple sources, and repurposing your own content are crucial elements of this process.
Navigating the Self-Taught Path: Key Insights for Aspiring UX Designers
Career
5 min read

Navigating the Self-Taught Path: Key Insights for Aspiring UX Designers

Embarking on a journey as a UX Designer without formal education or experience can feel overwhelming. The road is full of unknowns and doubts; initially, even formulating the right questions can seem difficult. However, rest assured that it is not an impossible task. With the right mindset and effective strategies, you can navigate this successfully. In this article, I'll share some key insights and lessons I've learned as a Product Designer, which have shaped my journey thus far.
Top 5 Visual Mistakes to Avoid for an Impactful UX Portfolio
Career
5 min read

Top 5 Visual Mistakes to Avoid for an Impactful UX Portfolio

As a fresh UX Designer, your case studies likely consume much of your thoughts. We often discuss how to craft an excellent case study, but the visual aspect of it doesn't receive enough attention. Beyond the functional details of your projects, the visual design of your portfolio plays a crucial role in your success.
Finding Your Path: How to Choose the Right UX Research Method in Three Simple Steps
UX/UI
5 min read

Finding Your Path: How to Choose the Right UX Research Method in Three Simple Steps

Designing a product or service can often feel like navigating a maze, especially when you're knee-deep in the research phase. All the data, insights, charts, and graphs can sometimes feel like an indecipherable code, and deciding on a research method can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. You might find yourself asking, "Did I choose the right method?" or "Will this even yield meaningful insights?"
Evidence-Based Design: Enhancing Your Decision-Making with the Power of Psychology and Heuristics
UX/UI
5 min read

Evidence-Based Design: Enhancing Your Decision-Making with the Power of Psychology and Heuristics

As designers, we are not just creators but also problem-solvers. We have the unique opportunity to harmonize user needs, business objectives, and industry standards into a cohesive, effective design.
Mastering UX Presentations: A Five-Step Guide to Captivate Your Audience
Career
5 min read

Mastering UX Presentations: A Five-Step Guide to Captivate Your Audience

As designers, we often find ourselves presenting our work just as much as we are designing, if not more. Some might say that we spend more time preparing presentations than working in Figma, which can be uncomfortably close to the truth. It's easy to get lost in the weeds, adding content to slides, and attempting to make our work visible and understandable to others. However, as with most things in life, a little planning can go a long way. Having a process can save you countless hours of aimless tweaking and refining.
Mastering the UX Job Search: Secrets to Stand Out and Succeed
Career
6 min read

Mastering the UX Job Search: Secrets to Stand Out and Succeed

Finding the right job, especially when you're just starting in the field, can be a daunting task. While nothing can guarantee 100% success when applying, there are several strategies you can employ to make your life easier, ensure greater success, and save time and energy. I'll talk about some of them in today's article.
The Value of Unfinished Projects: Making the Most of Your Design Portfolio
Career
5 min read

The Value of Unfinished Projects: Making the Most of Your Design Portfolio

As a Designer, I've come to understand the importance of incorporating unfinished projects in my portfolio. In this article, I share several tips to effectively showcase these projects, including telling a transparent story, displaying the iterative process, emphasizing collaboration, focusing on emotions, and highlighting the lessons learned. I've found that unfinished projects provide valuable insights into my resilience, adaptability, and problem-solving abilities.
The 4 Most Common Mistakes in UX Portfolios (And How to Fix Them)
Career
6 min read

The 4 Most Common Mistakes in UX Portfolios (And How to Fix Them)

The portfolio is an essential component of your job search, capable of determining your success in securing your dream role in the industry. Embracing the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others can help you avoid common pitfalls and present your best self to potential employers.In this article, we'll discuss the five most common mistakes I've observed (and made myself) in UX portfolios and provide practical advice to address them, setting you on the path to success.
Lost in Translation: How English Proficiency Enhances Product  Designers' Communication and Collaboration
Career
5 min read

Lost in Translation: How English Proficiency Enhances Product Designers' Communication and Collaboration

English proficiency is a vital skill for designers, especially those whose native language is not English. The ability to articulate design decisions, collaborate effectively with peers, and command a higher perceived value are just a few of the advantages that come with English proficiency.
Operating under Ambiguity: Strategies for Designers to Thrive in a Dynamic Environment
Leadership
6 min read

Operating under Ambiguity: Strategies for Designers to Thrive in a Dynamic Environment

Mastering the ability to operate under ambiguity is essential for any Product Designer looking to excel in their career. By practicing active listening, embracing uncertainty, asking the right questions, getting comfortable with iteration, and practicing mindfulness, you can navigate uncharted waters with confidence. Taking ownership and driving the design process forward, even in the face of uncertainty, will make you a valuable asset to any team.
Making the change by being a change
Student Life
5 min read

Making the change by being a change

I'm Annie, and I am excited to share the story of how I decided to transition into UX Design. This new field allows me to make a meaningful impact on users' lives, explore a versatile and creative field, and merge my passions for creativity and technology.
Networking and Beyond: How LinkedIn Can Benefit Product Designers of All Levels
Career
5 min read

Networking and Beyond: How LinkedIn Can Benefit Product Designers of All Levels

As a Product Designer, I've come to understand the importance of establishing a solid social presence, and LinkedIn is an excellent tool for accelerating this process. In this article, I'll guide you through some reasons why you should embrace LinkedIn, whether you're a seasoned Designer or someone who just started learning a week ago.
Why It’s Okay to Start Over: My Journey from Medicine to UX Design
Student Life
5 min read

Why It’s Okay to Start Over: My Journey from Medicine to UX Design

If I could go back in time and tell my 18-year-old self what I’m up to now at 22, she’d be totally shocked. Yes, 22 is young, but I think a lot of us in our early 20s feel like we’re aging at warp speed. Being a post-grad student constantly feels like you’re on top of the world while it simultaneously crumbles down around you. It’s easy to get caught up in negative thinking and feel like everyone else has their life together except for you. You might find yourself asking “why me?” and “what am I not doing that they are?”. But the truth is, it’s so beautifully normal not to have your whole life mapped out right after college.
Designing a Career Path: My Journey to UX Design
Student Life
5 min read

Designing a Career Path: My Journey to UX Design

Hi, I’m Brooke and I’m excited to share my journey with you. A few months ago, I made the move to change careers and set out on a new path. But before I dive into the details, allow me to reconnect the chain of events.
Beyond the Linear Process: Tips for Creating Impactful Case Studies
Career
6 min read

Beyond the Linear Process: Tips for Creating Impactful Case Studies

As a designer, I've learned that creating an impactful case study is about more than just showcasing your work. It's about crafting a compelling narrative, using visuals to immerse your audience in your brand's world and creating a consistent and delightful product, not a sheer enumeration of facts. It's about breaking free from a linear process and choosing the right tools for the job, even if they don't follow the traditional design process. And it's about sharing your personal story, including the struggles and challenges you faced along the way.
6 Ways Web Accessibility Is Good Business
UX/UI
10 min read

6 Ways Web Accessibility Is Good Business

In this article, I share how my perspective as a UX Designer on accessible web design has changed since learning more about it, six ways it can help organizations meet their business goals, and why we shouldn’t let perfectionism get in the way of our efforts. Note: I’m simply someone who wants to learn how to design more inclusively. I’m not, by any means, a subject matter expert on web accessibility.
Simplifying Storytelling in Design: Essential Elements and Rules to Apply
Career
6 min read

Simplifying Storytelling in Design: Essential Elements and Rules to Apply

Storytelling is the cool kid around the block, everyone talks about it, but few offer actionable advice or explain what it is and what it entails for Designers. This article explores how we can simplify storytelling and apply it to the design world.
Breaking into UX Design: My Journey and Lessons Learned
Student Life
4 min read

Breaking into UX Design: My Journey and Lessons Learned

Transitioning from health care to UX design might seem like a giant leap, but for me, it’s a natural progression in my career.
How to Stay Motivated and Collaborate with Peers in a Self-Paced UX Design Bootcamp
Bootcamp
6 min read

How to Stay Motivated and Collaborate with Peers in a Self-Paced UX Design Bootcamp

While feeling part of a community in a virtual, self-paced environment may not feel as organic and natural as being in a live class setup, there are still opportunities to learn, develop, and build a network if you know where to look and where to start.
From Imagination to Realization: Transforming into a UX Designer.
Student Life
4 min read

From Imagination to Realization: Transforming into a UX Designer.

In this article, Elisha shares her journey of transitioning from a background in healthcare (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) to pursuing a career in UX/UI design. She shares some of the insights she has gained, including the importance of research, empathy for users, and continuous iteration in UX/UI design.
Speak Like a Pro: The Importance of Effective Communication for Product Designers
Career
6 min read

Speak Like a Pro: The Importance of Effective Communication for Product Designers

As a product designer, your ability to articulate your ideas and communicate effectively is crucial. Whether you're presenting your designs to stakeholders, collaborating with team members, or explaining your design decisions to clients, your communication skills can make all the difference in how your work is perceived and received.
Designing with Purpose: How Reflection Can Help You Create Meaningful Designs and Boost your Career
Career
6 min read

Designing with Purpose: How Reflection Can Help You Create Meaningful Designs and Boost your Career

Reflection is a key tool in transitioning to a new industry or a more senior design role, helping you identify your strengths and areas for improvement, and positioning yourself in the market.
Mastering the Art of Efficient Meetings and Networking in the Design Industry
Career
6 min read

Mastering the Art of Efficient Meetings and Networking in the Design Industry

Networking is essential not only during the job search process but also after landing a job. Communicating with stakeholders, developers, and users is critical, and managing networking logistics can quickly become overwhelming. It's easy for your calendar to fill up fast, leaving you feeling drained.However, there are ways to make networking and organizing meetings less stressful. In this article, I will share what I've learned from my experiences as a designer. I'll offer some useful tips and tools that have helped me manage my time more effectively and connect with others more intentionally while also creating value.
Get More Done in Less Time: Secrets to Skyrocket your Productivity as a UX Designer
UX/UI
7 min read

Get More Done in Less Time: Secrets to Skyrocket your Productivity as a UX Designer

Whether you are transitioning to UX Design or are already a veteran, building an efficient workflow is essential for delivering high-quality work within tight deadlines. However, with so many distractions and things to manage, staying organized and maintaining a fast pace can be challenging. In this article, I'll share some tips and tricks that can save you hours or even days when learning UX or looking for a way to optimize your workflow.
Mentor Up: How to Unleash Your Potential and Help Others Do the Same
Leadership
6 min read

Mentor Up: How to Unleash Your Potential and Help Others Do the Same

Mentorship is a powerful tool for personal and professional growth. It not only helps you to clarify your values, expand your knowledge, and grow exponentially, but it also provides you with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. By sharing your wisdom and experiences, you can empower others, clarify their struggles, and help them achieve their goals.
Navigating the UX Job Market after a Bootcamp - Tips and Tricks to Stand Out
Career
8 min read

Navigating the UX Job Market after a Bootcamp - Tips and Tricks to Stand Out

Step into Your UX Future with Confidence and learn the Ins and Outs of Navigating the Job Market and Maximizing Your UX/UI Bootcamp Education. Learn practical tips and guidance to help you achieve your career goals in the exciting world of user experience design.
10x Better User Interviews: The Storytelling Method
UX/UI
6 min read

10x Better User Interviews: The Storytelling Method

Leveraging storytelling in user interviews can be a powerful way to encourage interviewees to open up and share more honest and valuable insights.
The Inside Scoop: How I Got a UX Job Before Finishing a Bootcamp
Career
6 min read

The Inside Scoop: How I Got a UX Job Before Finishing a Bootcamp

Tips and insights on developing and showcasing important skills to increase your chances of landing a job in the UX field.
Beyond Small Talk: How to Build Meaningful Connections in Your Professional Network
Career
5 min read

Beyond Small Talk: How to Build Meaningful Connections in Your Professional Network

Networking can be a valuable tool for building professional connections and expanding your career opportunities. However, many people view it as an uncomfortable or even unpleasant task. Reframing your approach to networking and viewing it as an opportunity for personal and professional growth can help you build more meaningful connections.
Design Research Made Easy: How to Use Screener Surveys for Effective Results
UX/UI
6 min read

Design Research Made Easy: How to Use Screener Surveys for Effective Results

Screener surveys are an essential tool for any designer looking to conduct user research. They help to identify a specific group of participants that match the target audience of a project, and they're a great way to gather valuable information quickly and efficiently. However, many designers find screener surveys to be intimidating or confusing.
Designers, Learn How to Get What You Want
Career
7 min read

Designers, Learn How to Get What You Want

Negotiation is an essential skill for any designer, whether you're working in-house or as a freelancer. From understanding your own value, to setting clear goals and boundaries, we'll cover everything you need to know to master the art of negotiation and succeed in your career as a designer.
Five Strategies to Skyrocket Your Productivity as a Designer
Bootcamp
6 min read

Five Strategies to Skyrocket Your Productivity as a Designer

Design students and Designers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to productivity. From deadlines to creative blocks, staying efficient can be a tricky task. Luckily, there are a variety of tools and tips that can help you skyrocket your productivity. From organizing your work to taking regular breaks, this guide will provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to become more productive. With these tips and tools, you'll be able to maximize your efficiency and get more done in less time.
Underrated Skills That Will Skyrocket Your UX Design Career
Career
6 min read

Underrated Skills That Will Skyrocket Your UX Design Career

Skills such as empathy, communication, and strategic thinking can set a designer apart from their peers and make them more valuable to potential employers.
Master The Art of Online Self-Learning With These Proven Strategies
Bootcamp
18 min read

Master The Art of Online Self-Learning With These Proven Strategies

Over the years, I’ve developed a series of self-learning strategies that I’m going to share with you below. Before we dive in, let me say this. Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re right. So the success of your journey will lie more in how you approach it rather than any talent you might think you need.
Three Tips on How to Make The Most Out of Your Mentorship
Bootcamp
7 min read

Three Tips on How to Make The Most Out of Your Mentorship

A successful mentorship requires active participation and engagement from both the mentee and mentor.
The Ultimate Guide to Learning UX/UI Design in 2023
Bootcamp
12 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Learning UX/UI Design in 2023

An in-depth summary of the most popular UX education choices available in 2023.
Master The Art of Stakeholder Engagement in UX Research
UX/UI
7 min read

Master The Art of Stakeholder Engagement in UX Research

How to engage stakeholders in the UX research process in order to gain buy-in for design decisions and improve the overall outcome of the research.
Unlock The Power of Feedback to Drive Success in Product Design
Career
6 min read

Unlock The Power of Feedback to Drive Success in Product Design

Learn how to create an environment where feedback is valued and integrated into the design process, leading to success in product design and helping to create a culture of continuous improvement.
How to Avoid Common Mistakes in UX Research
UX/UI
6 min read

How to Avoid Common Mistakes in UX Research

Part one of a series of articles in which we'll take apart UX research and learn about best practices and things to avoid.
Design Without Borders - Akiko Sakamoto's Success Story
Bootcamp
7 min read

Design Without Borders - Akiko Sakamoto's Success Story

Akiko Sakamoto is a Mento Design Academy alumnus based in Tokyo, Japan. She joined as part of our first cohort and is now a UX Designer at Rooom Inc.
Unlock The Power of Storytelling to Elevate Your Presentations
Career
5 min read

Unlock The Power of Storytelling to Elevate Your Presentations

Great stories begin with a problem. From the adventure books we loved as children to the new Avengers movie, we feel connected and entertained when there is a change in the status quo.
How to Present Your UX Research Like a Pro
UX/UI
7 min read

How to Present Your UX Research Like a Pro

Wearing the hat of a UX researcher for a while in my last projects and working closely with my team to show our work to the client, I put together some key aspects that made my clients nod in approval and say, “Amazing job!” at the end.
Five Websites to Get You Started With Your Next UX/UI Project
UX/UI
4 min read

Five Websites to Get You Started With Your Next UX/UI Project

Get started faster with your next UX/UI project by leveraging the power of these websites.
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