What’s up with Wikipedia’s donation message?

And how it could've been made differently

We all know Wikipedia — The Free Encyclopedia. I, personally, have to thank Wiki for most of my passing grades in school, general knowledge and fun reading times. Wiki is free for all, and that’s very comfortable. There comes a time, though, after years of helping other people, Wiki needs us, the users, to donate for it.

Now, when I just thought about writing this post, I was triggered by the design of Wiki’s alert for donation.

When I just entered Wikipedia’s homepage, this popped up to my eyes:

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How to choose your UX fights

Or — How designing for a client is like arguing with your romantic partner

Every designer is told somewhere along her/his career “Don’t fall in love with your work”.

“Don’t fall in love with your work”
Someone, sometime

I was told not to fall in love with my work, understood why, and let this sentence just pass me by. It wasn’t until I got really frustrated and upset (even after work) that I understood that I REALLY shouldn’t fall in love with my work. Or, as Elsa said in Disney’s “Frozen”: “Let it go”.

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5 Tips for creating a “WOW UX”

And what does it mean?

First of all, let me explain what I mean by “Wow UX”. I started designing UX as a part of a UX team in a big enterprise. This meant there wasn’t much of a competition. But as I started working in a design studio who’s working with external clients, I was in an absolute panic. I realized a client is paying for every hour I work, and everything has to be unique, and perfect, and breathtaking, or else the client will be disappointed, the studio will collapse and the world will probably end.

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Be professional or be authentic

What does an Italian pop-folk singer has to do with my professional writing?

Since I’ve started writing my blog, I wanted to present myself in the most professional way I could. I knew the more professional I’d be, the more this blog would help me in the future. After I started working at Inkod Hypera Ltd., using the skills I earned and also the blog, I had another perspective about the blog. Working with talented UX & GUI designers makes me learn a lot every single day, but I noticed I can’t find a topic to write about, and I don’t have the same motivation I had before. Why is that happening?

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My sign-up case study

There must be something wrong with my sign-up process!

A couple of months ago, I created a simple sign-up flow to my newsletter, trying to make it fun and simple as it can be. Since then, it’s been used and I got no complaints about the process being too hard or too confusing. But, as the detective I am, trying to solve the mysteries of the world, I noticed something was a bit off. People wanted to sign up — they gave their name and email address, but nothing happened — they weren’t added to the newsletter. Why? Because they didn’t confirm their subscription. I grabbed my Sherlock’s coat, hat and pipe, threw the pipe away because I don’t smoke a pipe, and started investigating.

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Freedom vs. Commitment

Why sometimes it’s needed to be committed to an external constraint in order to achieve greatness

I’ve just ended a long month of basically not doing anything, and not being committed to anything, but myself. It’s no wonder that I didn’t achieve much in this period of time and didn’t feel I was making any progress, although I wanted to. To be precise, I was mostly focused on immediate goals like having fun, meet friends, rest, but not on long-term goals like learning new things or writing about things I wanted to write about (there’s well-written coding crash-course for designers, just waiting to be written by me). Magically, as soon as I finished my long vacation and started working, my mind switched to FOCUS mode, and I started learning new things, as I was getting payed for this time. Oh wait, I am! So, is that why I was so focused? Because I had a boss and needed to prove myself?

Well, yeah.

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5 Lessons I learned from job interviews

After a long service at the MOD, it was finally my time to get my shit together and start looking for a new job. I have a diverse experience of both UX and programming, but I focused on UX because that’s where my heart is. After a couple of months of on and off job searches and interviews, I finally found my next job as a UX designer. Here’re the lessons I’ve learned during this time period:

Writing about nothing

As I’m trying to give more value to things I write, I got stuck when I stopped working and spent most of my time binge watching “Parks and Recreation” and reading “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely, and not actively doing anything. I feel that I need to continue writing and stay in the loop of writing, so although they’re not all design related or professional in any way, I did had some interesting thoughts in this period of unemployment.

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