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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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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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.

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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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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