TUT #26: Illustration UI, designing with dummy content and what to do before sending that invoice

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  • 📋Still looking for more respondents to the 2018 UX Tools Survey. So far the most popular tools for design & writing are (no surprise) Sketch, InVision and Google Docs.

This week’s top UX design + career articles…

🎨I’ve been obsessed with the gorgeous illustrations companies like Atlassian and Dropbox have been using on their landing pages and onboarding. It turns out there’s a site, IllustrationUI, that curates illustrations from these companies. I’m also relieved that I now have a new word to describe this unique type of visual storytelling.


🔠Do you use lorem ipsum in your designs? This article makes an interesting point: “designing with dummy content is it’s a bit like planning a sandwich without worrying about what the filling will be.” 🥪🥪

What starts as a critique against dummy data turns out to be an insightful read about developing a content-first strategy, including the use of sitemaps and proto content. For an even deeper dive, read how to design meaning through writing, which illustrates a few interesting content design techniques like using a “wordboard” (like an artboard for words).


👩🏼‍🏫Every so often I see an interesting job title when curating remote UX jobs. There’s a new one in town: “Design Anthropologist.” The argument is that such a role would help brands understand the relationship between humans and technology, and to analyze data through a design-centric to provide more personalized experiences – especially in shopping. What do you think?


📊As someone who majored in Economics, I’m fascinated by the idea of Design Economics. A central idea in Economics called choice architecture can be applied as a way to incentivize (or disincentive) users to take certain actions. What kind of default settings does your design come with? How are users treated when they make an error? A brain-tickling read.


🏁Career Coaching Corner:

  1. Invoicing your clients may seem like a minor step in the freelance process, but it literally pays to set expectations early. Communicating with a payment schedule and using automated invoicing software can help the cashflow comin’ in.
  2. Consider creating a “career highlights” section in your resume. This technique can be used when significant job accomplishments (relevant to the one you’re applying for) remain buried in your resume.

Keep learnin’

Oz, founder @ UXBeginner, instructor @ UX School

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