Hacker News UX+UI Redesign Process

A few weeks ago, I took a weekend to redesign one of my favorite sites, Hacker News. Having not done a redesign in a while, I knew the first thing I had to do was establish some baseline of why I was motivated to redesign the site. Original HN Design: news.ycombinator.com My HN Redesign:  TL;DR THE PROCESS I USED Heuristic … Read More

How UX Recruiting Agencies Work (and how to use them to your benefit)

I’ve had friends , who I’ll refer to as Camp A, get great jobs at companies like Google through recruiting firms. But I’ve met much more in Camp B – those who’ve had bad experiences with talent agencies. What you’re reading now serves to help you fall into Camp A, and hopefully avoid the pitfalls of Camp B. To do that, we have to properly … Read More

UX Implications of the Apple Watch (and smart watches in general)

It’s been a month since the September 9th unveiling of the Apple Watch. I more or less agree that it is Apple’s “most personal device yet,” and with that comes huge UX implications. We’re no strangers to wearables, much less smart watches. But I strongly believe that with its design leadership, Apple will disrupt wearables with the Apple Watch, just as it … Read More

How to hack your design learning


I’m the best at psyching myself out when starting new projects. Before I even sketch out a simple plan of the project, my mind enters ultra-irrational mode: Well first, don’t I need to finish that Photoshop tutorial to learn how to make a better UI? Shouldn’t I also get a better grasp on typography, color and layout before I start designing this app? … Read More

UX Essentials Lesson 3: Strategy and User Experience

In the previous post, we covered what UX Designers actually do on the job. (For a refresher, please re-read What UX Designers Do.) In this lesson, let’s dig into Strategy, an underrated component of design. Readers with a business background will especially appreciate the relevance of this lesson. This is a bigger post, so let’s break it down into 3 sections… Surveying the Landscape with the … Read More

Who to Listen to When Transitioning into UX

Staying in hostels throughout Colombia, I’ve met a number of inspiring people. Over dinner one night, a fellow traveler shared how her sister became a veterinarian after years of trying. “How many years?” “5 years.” So this chick got rejected from vet school four years in a row and still kept pushing on. That’s insanely admirable.  “Yeah, most of her classmates are 19-22 (they … Read More

UX Essentials Lesson 2: What UX Designers Do

In the previous post, we defined User Experience Design in many contexts. For a refresher, please re-read Defining User Experience Design. In this lesson, let’s dig into the real-world applications of what UX Designers do. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the UX field, practitioners need to be able to think at a high level but also drill down into detailed work. … Read More

UX Essentials Lesson 1: Defining User Experience Design

Welcome to the first lesson of the UX Essentials Course! It’s a course containing lessons on the different elements of User Experience. By the end of this course you should be able to: Understand and explain the different elements of User Experience Design Learn exactly what UX Designers do Get inside knowledge on how to make a solid portfolio But today’s goal is … Read More

UX Portfolio Case Study: Zach Kuzmic

This is the second in our series of UX Portfolio Case Studies, featuring Zach Kuzmic. Today’s post is organized as follows: Intro to UX Designer Zach Kuzmic Case study of Zach’s UX Portfolio Interview with Zach. In-depth portfolio and UX career advice here. Intro Zach Kuzmic is a User Experience Designer who hails from Columbus, Ohio and currently resides in Austin, … Read More