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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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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I volunteered at the Israeli annual UX conference and these are my insights

Every year, an amazing company, called UniqUI, organizes a huge conference and brings some of the best UX designers from Israel and the whole world, to give amazing talks about UX. This year, with an awesome group of 5 volunteers, I helped them make this conference run smoothly. My part was pretty small and simple, but added to the UX talks, I came back home with plenty of new knowledge and insights.

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5 Reasons To Love Chatbots

About a week ago I went to Chatbot Summit – the first international chatbot summit in Israel. The event was really cool and some really interesting speakers came to share their knowledge and experience.

The summit had 3 stages: The central stage, the conversational stage and the cognitive stage. Every stage was focused on a certain subject. I chose the conversational stage, that focused on creating the right conversation with the user. I found this to be the best fit for UX.

As you may have read before, in my previous post about chatbots, you know I’m a bit skeptical, but I must say, this summit got me exposed to the really fun and amazing part of the whole chatbot phenomena.

Chatbots are fun, easy and really engaging, and I think they’re here to stay. I’ve listed some reasons why chatbots are awesome:

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In Design We Trust

Interview With Tom Lahat from Tailor Brands

 

I’ve met Tom Lahat in his new office in Tel Aviv, in the midst of an extensive hiring round. His startup just recently doubled its size but Tom is still full of energy, he tells me that he plans to fill 20 more positions by the end of the year. Tom, Chief Product Officer at  Tailor Brands, a fast growing design startup that he co-founded together with Yali Saar, CEO, and Nadav Shatz, CTO, started his way as a graphic designer. Today, his startup designs branding for over 500,000 business worldwide, and is the first company to design all of its branding 100% automated, using only algorithms to do its work. It generates personalized business cards, presentation etc… Their site is really cool and if you need branding for your business, I suggest you check it out.

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