I ran a one-person Design Sprint to create my UX/UI design portfolio

I ran a one-person Design Sprint to create my UX/UI design portfolio

This week’s UX roundup has 2 article highlights, 2 design tools, 1 design quote, 1 UX book recommendation, and 13 remote UX jobs.

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I ran a one-person Design Sprint to create my UX/UI design portfolio

[ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS] 

Laura Eiche uses the 3 core elements of a Design Sprint (the challenge, the empty calendar, and the team) to create her portfolio in just a week. Reading this article and I am inspired. Honestly, the portfolio is such a foot-dragging process because many applications require one but many indecisive designers have trouble coming up with what their best foot forward should look like. 

Given the time constraint, what Laura does really well, aside from including lots of awesome artifacts, is boiling the portfolio down to the basics: a landing page, an about page, and a case study page. By keeping it simple, it allowed her more space to be creative and add fun Easter eggs throughout her live site to showcase her skills.


The hard thing about soft skills

[INSTAGRAM POST] 

Collaboration, communication, and leadership are all soft skills desired regardless of your line of work and UX is no exception. To work on these skills, you’ll need to do it with others. What is a soft skill you’d like to practice more of?

screenshot of slide #2 of Instagram post with text reading "Hard skills: UI design, prototyping, research methods... Soft skills: empathy, leadership, collaboration..."

Rotato

[DESIGN TOOL]

Looking to spice up your project presentations? Simply ‘drag, drop and done’ any project into Rotato to elevate your projects and capture viewers’ attention. The site includes 2D and 3D device frames such as iPhone 12 Pro, TV, Macbook Air, and more!

animation of salmon-colored 3D generated iPhone12 with a demo of a prototype
GIF image from Give me that 8 seconds pitch.

8 reliable lessons for unreliable times

[DESIGN PODCAST]
Masters of Scale is a podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinedIn and investor at Greylock. With episodes posted every few days, this podcast invites industry leaders and great entrepreneurs to share their ideas. 

In this episode, guests from Target, Buzzfeed, Dropbox, and more to discuss 8 lessons and stories to help us grow stronger in 2021:

  1. Move faster than you think you can
  2. Create your own trajectory
  3. Talk more
  4. Listen more
  5. Stand for something
  6. Work differently
  7. The answers is in your mission
  8. Be human

An accessible guide to inclusive design

[ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS] 

Moving things online makes the gap for accessibility even larger because now, there is a more obvious need for things to be accessibility that extends beyond just colors and links. Inclusive design yields for more audience reach so ideally, in the interest of producing a successful product and attracting diversity, accessibility should be considered from the very beginning. This guide is so thoughtful in discipering between permanent, situations, and temporary experience blockers and backing up points with data. More of us use and need the assistive technology than you think!


[UX QUOTE] 

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” 

Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer and EVP, Creative Cloud at Adobe


Adobe XD 5-Minute Challenge: Hover Effects

[WATCH THIS] 

Got 5 minutes? Check out this bite-sized video with Howard Pinsky, Senior XD Evangelist at Adobe, where he walks through the usage of hover states in Adobe XD. Example file linked in the YouTube video description! 


Microcopy

[BOOK RECO] 

Looking for the essentials of UX writing? Look no further! Kinnerest Yifrah’s handbook is full of examples, guidelines, checklists, and step-by-step instructions to help you write successful content for any part of the user experience. Unlike other theoretical UX books, this is an essential book for any UX practitioner who’s looking to elevate the way they communicate.

light blue book cover with text reading "Microcopy The complete Guide"

Speaking of microcopy, there’s a great course… 

Mastering Microcopy: Writing Tiny Words for Huge UX Impact

[COURSE REC]

Looking for an action-oriented course on writing microcopy? This Skillshare course covers the 6 major types of microcopy, which you’ll get to practice over 17 mini writing projects.

If you’re curious about Skillshare, we’ve hand-picked the top 10 UX courses here.


404 page

[DESIGN TOOL] 

A collection of 404 error pages to inspire you to design thoughtful messages when a page doesn’t appear for the user. 

image reading "Find your 404 design inspiration. Featuring the best 404 page designs from around the web. (button) Generate 404 page"

💼  REMOTE UX JOBS  💻

Product Designer

Sourcegraph is creating the best way to read and understand code.

Requirements: experience designing complex web applications as shown through portfolio and previous work; proficiency with prototyping tools to design end-to-end experiences (Figma); understanding of developers, and a strong understanding of Git and Git workflows

#smallteam #startup #unicornpotential

UX Designer

Oddball is a digital agency providing support to federal clients.

Requirements: understanding of and ability to design 508 compliant solutions; experience working in Agile development environments; capable of taking direction from senior leadership and translating into concrete next steps and actions

#greatperks #smallteam

Mentor – UI/UX Design Course

Springboard offers part-time bootcamps that help learners launch their new tech careers. 

Requirements: proficiency in topics covered in UI/UX Career Track; 3+ years of relevant work experience and portfolio to demonstrate; available for weekly, 30-minute video check-ins with students

#flexible #part-time #mentorshipopportunity

Visual Designer

Deel’s goal is to offer every company that hires remote talents with a one-stop-shop that makes onboarding, glocal compliance, and payments easy.

Requirements: have experience building websites; experienced in illustrations and infographics; can work independently (self-starting) and within a team; have lead brand redesigns from scratch

#international #greatperks #flexible

Junior Product Designer

Contra is a community that connects freelancers to independent work.

Requirements: keen interest in product (UX/UI) but also enjoy marking and brand design; experience working in a remote-first environment; excellent communication skills

#flexible #startup

Product Designer

Shogun supports various e-commerce brands. 

Requirements: portfolio to showcase product design work in a similar industry; comfortable exploring data and interpreting results’ experience designing on a remote team

#startup #flexible #unicornpotential

Product Designer

Gubagoo is a fast-growing messenger and commerce solution for automotive dealers. 

Requirements: experience in designing software products (mobile, desktop, tablet); understanding the whole product life cycle; ability to create beautiful interface experiences using Figma and other tools for animations 

#bigcompany #friendlycoworkers #unicornpotential

🎓 Remote Senior UX Positions 

Senior Product Designer

GoDaddy is the world’s largest web services platform, and most outspoken champion, for everyday entrepreneurs around the globe.

Requirements: competent with HTML/CSS; ability to lead design discussions and brainstorming that encourages peer and stakeholder contributions; high degree of independence and autonomy, requiring little data-to-day instruction; experience working in Figma, including libraries, prototypes, components, and auto-layout

#greatperks #friendlycoworkers #bigcompany

Senior UX Designer

CloudBees’ mission is “to enable our customers to deliver software at the speed of ideas”.

Requirements: 6+ years of experience as a UX designer, interaction designer, product designer or similar; proven experience designing technical SaaS products with large feature sets or complex dashboard; basic understanding of HTML & CSS

#unicornpotential #friendlycoworkers #bigcompany

Senior Product Designer

Kustomer is the omnichannel SaaS platform reimagining enterprise customer service to deliver standout experiences.

Requirements: 4+ years of hands-on UX/UI/Product design experience solving complex user problems backed with research; ability to create elegant, functional designs that live up to “pixel-perfect” standards; solid communication skills

#friendlycoworkers #bigcompany

Senior Web Designer, eCommerce

Toast, Inc. is a cloud-based restaurant software company.

Requirements: proficiency with Sketch, Figma, Adobe Creative Cloud, and InVision; advanced experience in digital design, with examples of eCommerce design; ability to turn wireframes into a functional design, working knowledge of HTML and CSS

#greatperks #friendlycoworkers #bigcompany

Senior UX Designer

Khoros is a provider of community management, social media marketing software.

Requirements: 6-10 years experience in three of more of the following areas of practice: interaction design, visual design, inclusivity (accessibility/A11y) design, prototyping, UX research; solid command of Sketch and InVision; grasp of HTML and CSS

#greatperks #bigcompany #startup

Principal Product Designer

Elastic is an open source search company that powers enterprise search, observability, and security solutions built on one technology stack that can be deployed anywhere.

Requirements: well developed product design skills using Figma; React, JavaScript/TypeScript, and Ruby/Rail; extensive experience owning product design for a well-designed, at-scale software product

#greatperks #bigcompany #unicornpotential

About the Author

Kim

Designer, foodie, and lover of aesthetics. A learning technologist by day and aspiring UX'er the rest of the time. Bringing to you the latest design tidbits.

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