Detach yourself from work to receive criticism

This week’s UX roundup has 2 article highlights, 2 design tools, 1 design quote, 1 UX book recommendation, and 1 case study review.

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[ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS] 

Detach yourself from your work to receive criticism

It can be tough to give and give design feedback, but it’s a critical component of collaboration (say that 3x fast). Here are some takeaways from the article: 

  • Detachment isn’t about not caring
  • You are not your work
  • Zoom out to be more objective
  • Everything is a learning opportunity

This article reminded me of The Mom Test: gathering information from mom without having her sugar-coat it for you because you’re her child. 


[INSTAGRAM POST] 

5 tips to find and develop real mentorship relations

Wanted to *BUMP* an older post because you hear a lot of questions on mentorship in UX. These are 5 awesome tips to build strong and productive relationships with your UX mentor. Make sure you read it all the way and check out our *BONUS* tip!

a screenshot of IG post, text reading "5 tips to find and develop real mentorship relations"

[DESIGN TOOL]

Microsoft’s Inclusive Design Toolkit

Here’s a set of useful principles for creating accessible experiences. The booklets and toolkits are free to download and there are many videos highlighting the importance of inclusive and diverse designs. 

visual representation from Microsoft's site of accessibility

[DESIGN PODCAST]

UI Breakfast Podcast. Episode 203: Designing for Financial Services with Rob Gifford

Financial apps are often a challenge of balancing information density and simplicity. (UX interviews often gauge for this via design challenges.) In this UI Breakfast podcast, Rob Gifford, Managing Director of Experience Design at Mad*Pow, discusses his experience designing for financial services. If you’re working in fintech or have an interest in financial product design, this is a resource-packed podcast.


[UPCOMING EVENT] 

Ethics Matters. – Rethinking Digital Design – February 23, 2021

Ethics Matters. is a mini-conference on responsible UX/UI design based out of Switzerland but being held online this year! Their goal is to elevate ethical design. 

a screenshot of LinkedIn event: Ethics Matters. - Rethinking Digital Design

[ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS]

5 Secrets How Behance Can Make You a Better UX Designer

Dribbble and Behance are typically at the forefront of platforms that designers use to showcase their work. However, for UX and product designers specifically, Dribbble and Behance can serve very different purposes. First, Dribbble is an invite-only type of space creating an exclusive atmosphere to showcase the best snippets. Moreover, Dribbblers typically display the final product such as polished UIs and illustrations as an update of what they worked on so more often, you’ll see great end products. Behance, on the other hand, is an open signup platform that many designers use as a portfolio to showcase their work and process. As mentioned in the article, there are many ways to look at case studies and gather inspo for your personal projects to grow as a designer. Personally, as someone who uses Adobe CC, I love that Behance has the ability to connect and showcase projects I’ve created using the Creative Cloud tools. 


[UX QUOTE]

“Our goal has never been to make the most. It’s always been to make the best.” 

– Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (in light of a recent article, Tim Cook might have just ended Facebook)


[WATCH THIS]

To achieve success, start detecting your small wins | Mehrnaz Bassiri | TEDxChilliwack

This week’s recommended watch doesn’t cover a UX or design topic specifically but is meant to provide a bit of motivation. If you’re currently job search or transitioning into UX, remember to think about your small wins: you learned a new tool today, figured out a feature in Figma, finished a case study, etc. Celebrating small wins provides fuel to keep chugging along. 


[BOOK RECO] 

Laws of UX: Using Psychology to Design Better Products & Services

Hick’s Law, Jacob’s Law, and more! Based on Jon Yablonski’s fantastic website, Laws of UX website, this book dives in deeper with examples using key principles from psychology. Yablonski takes concepts and simplifies them to be less information-dense, making this an awesome designer’s guide. 

image of card such as Law of Proximity, Hick's Law, etc.


[DESIGN TOOL]

Pika

Pika, created by Charlie Gleason (@superhighfives), is an easy to use, an open-source, native color picker for macOS (sorry Window users!) that shows what the contrast ratio and WCAG Compliance is for various color pairs. I have it running in the background of my programs to quickly grab color combos I like!

various Pika screens with 2 color combos (blue and purple, yellow and red, white and purple) with hex color code, contrast ratio, and WCAG compliance.

[CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT]

Case Study: Curating dates by routing activities together by location and popularity

Designer: Olivia Truong

Case Study: Routr

An app that helps curate date activities without being redundant, boring, and unplanned.

Why this case study is awesome: 

  • The problem is framed in a personal, relatable way – it’s not a “user” problem, it’s “our” shared and common problem
  • Usage of quotes and charts from user surveys – she helps users visualize the data and captures the findings
  • “The Making of Routr” walks through how her data informs the user flow, leading her to the design decisions

While this app is evidently something fictional, created for the purpose of this portfolio, Olivia demonstrates her thoughtfulness and empathy in how she identifies a problem and solves user problems. She adds her personal touch to how the case study is presented through her storytelling and shows that this is a product she is invested in. 

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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