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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Why and how should you focus on good storytelling

Every once in a while I read an article or listen to a lecture that really sweeps me off my feet. I try to determine the unique element that keeps me so focused on the information I’m getting, and I think one of the most important ingredients of this success recipe is good storytelling. So, what does the word “storytelling” mean? Why is it so important? How can we use it? I took these questions for a little online reading aside my coffee and I’d like to share with you my insights.

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The root of UX is education

The benefit of working as a UX designer in a big enterprise is the number of opportunities you have affecting it

As I have mentioned before, I work in a big programming enterprise, working on many projects. My job, as a UX designer, is pretty much being the freelancer inside the organization. I meet the product managers, talk about their projects, understand their needs, go as deep as I need to go, and then offer them a variety of UX solutions. But, the role I probably like the most, is educating for better UX.

The thing is, you can’t be a single UX designer handling so many projects. It will be as exhausting as building the full-sized Eiffel tower with LEGO blocks. I mean, I’m a huge fan of LEGO, but I have some other things to do.

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My most secret work — Revealed

I’ve worked on a classified project as a UX designer , but here’s a piece of what I managed to expose.

During my not-very-long career, I’ve worked on a big project, involving a lot of different components and modules. The UX process was done right and was really insightful, I learned a lot from it, pushed myself to my personal professional limits and achieved some impressive results. The only thing is, this was a very classified project, and it has its constraints, and one of them is the the fact I can’t really tell anything about it. So, I’ll explain the process of my work on a classified project, under the censorship restrictions.

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Insights from building my portfolio from start to end

 It’s 2:00 AM and I’m done building my portfolio. Wait. Let me just fix this minor little tiny issue here. Oh crap. It’s 2:30 and I’m done building my portfolio. I’ve had two very busy days of the last minute edits and now I’m finished. I accepted and accomplished HackingUI and .design’s one month portfolio challenge, while in the beginning of it I wasn’t even sure I have something to show in my portfolio. I know I have a lot of things to fix and a lot of things to improve in, but I’m happy — I wrote thousand lines of code in HTML, CSS and ReactJS, and I designed my own site and didn’t let myself down. My last posts were mostly about insights from the process of creating the portfolio. Now I can sum it up with some insights from the whole experience, from the perspective of the one who’ve accomplished the task.

Why designers should code

Lately I’ve been working on my portfolio. I haven’t programmed for a long time and I decided to code my portfolio from scratch, with no help of any automated site builders. I wanted to prove to myself I still got it, and also show I can code, as a crucial part of the portfolio. This got me wondering whether a designer should know how to code or not. Many designers have shared their thoughts about this topic and I wanted to share some of mine.

TL;DR: They should.

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Shit, I better start building my portfolio

For the past few days I’ve been sick with a cold in bed. This status made me detach from my day job chores and focus on my own goals. To be frank, my job doesn’t challenge me the way I want and I’m in a phase in my life I really want to get challenged and get better. In order to get better, I needed this silence to think about what I really want and how I intend to get there. The first thing was building a portfolio. So, there were couple of things I’ve been exposed to that helped me start working on it. I’ll share this process with you now.

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