UX Weekly: Women in Tech, Design Systems, and the Basics of UX

This week’s UX roundup has 3 UX articles, 3 design tools, 2 design quotes, 1 UX book recommendation, and 9 remote UX jobs. Want updates? Sign up for the UX newsletter here.

💎 UX NUGGETS 🔍

[article] The ugly truth about being a woman in tech

According to Career Explorer’s 2020 UX designer demographics in the United States report, 53% of UX designers are female and 47% are male. But while the female designers are ever-so-slightly dominating the field, there’s a giant elephant in the room – prejudice, sexism, and discrimination. Only 6% of the chief executives of the top 100 tech companies are women. “Ouch”.  Sure, women currently only make up 30% of the tech workforce, but don’t undermine someone’s experience and knowledge based on their gender, ethnicity, or age. That’s just NOT FAIR.


[article] In light of current events, it’s important to educate ourselves on the history behind the trending social media hashtags before participating → Challenge Accepted: The New Social Media Campaign Involving Black-And-White Selfies


[IG post] A UX Beginner Instagram exclusive on making form options more than just ‘male’ and ‘female’ → Designing Forms for Gender Diversity and Inclusion


[design tip] Join a community with 100,000+ Tech Ladies that connects you with the best jobs and opportunities in tech →  Tech Ladies


[podcast] Laura and Kate discuss in their latest Users Know podcast episode opinions on  the 10 Principles of Good Design by Dieter Rams and heuristics → Design Principles


[article] 5 tips for presenting your design work to clients

Whether you’re presenting your work to clients, friends, or potential employers, here’s 5 tips to elevate your design presentation to highlight the full breadth and depth of your creative process:

  1. Design the challenge – what was the problem that you were trying to solve?
  2. Document the process – what steps did you take to research and develop your solution?
  3. Engaging visuals – what artifacts can be included to enhance the concept of branding?
  4. Make it a memorable experience – how can you put your viewer(s) in a unique and right mood?
  5. Be diligent about feedback – how can you ask for and apply feedback?

[quote] “How do I actually come up with something where the design and experience is just so seamless and it’s so intuitive that the user doesn’t need to think much to use it.”

Christine Maggi

Tatiana Mac’s talk using English Ivy as an analogy for the design ecosystem where wrong decisions negatively impact beyond all those involved in creating the product → System of Systems


[design tool] A collection of Design Systems from all over the globe accessible with Figma – great for inspiration! → Design Systems For Figma


[book] Getting started with design systems means understanding the importance of having one. This book is broken up into 3 parts: The impact of a design system, making it a success, and the future of design systems →  Hack the Design System: Revolutionize the way your organization scales design


[design tool] I’m still on a journey to manage my messy Chrome tabs, my latest addition is a tool that makes finding the right tab easy as pie! → Tabbs


[article] How to explain UX basics with a cup of coffee

How would you make cold coffee for someone? To start off, there are at least 2 ways to make the coffee cold: cold brew and iced coffee. Similar to designing a product solution, you must understand the needs and wants of your, in this case, consumer before deciding on a cold brew or iced coffee. How much time do you have to make the coffee and what is the target flavor? By gathering user research and experience definition, you are walking through a basic example of the User Experience process and soon will have a delicious cup of cold coffee! 

💼  REMOTE UX JOBS  💻

Visual & Interaction Designer

Hotjar democratizes site analytics and feedback by making it affordable and accessible to everyone.

Requirements: 4+ years of experience in product design and user-centric practices; solid experience writing component documentation; mastery of Figma and other design tools; natural inclination to always think MVP first

#greatperks #flexible #international

Visual Designer

CloudScale provides intelligent intranet solutions and team collaboration software. 

Requirements: 4+ years of experience in product design and user-centric practices; solid experience writing component documentation; mastery of Figma and other design tools; natural inclination to always think MVP first

#largecompany #unicornpotential 

Product Designer

GooseChase is a fully remote web and mobile platform for creating and facilitating scavenger hunts or organizers such as onboarding new employees, touring museums, engaging at festivals, etc.!

Requirements: 3+ years of product or UI/UX design experience; regular working hours within the UTC-8 (PST) to UTC+2 (CEST) time zones to ensure sufficient overlap with our distributed product team; experience with standard design tools such as Sketch, Invision, etc. 

#smallteam #unicornpotential #startup

Product Designer

Tock is a reservation, table, and event management system used by restaurants, wineries, and bars around the world.

Requirements: understand the capabilities and limitations of HTML, CSS, and Javascript; driven by metrics, data, and research while always empathizing with the user; create beautiful, high-fidelity designs. 

#startup #smallteam #greatperks

Remote Senior UX Positions

Senior UI/UX Designer

Presidio Creative is a Shopify agency specializing in official Shopify Themes and custom Shopify Plus development. 

Requirements: 3+ years of UI/UX experience for e-commerce sites as an agency or as a freelancer; fluent English writing and speaking abilities; experience with Shopify and ideally with other paid Shopify themes

#contractwork #flexible #unicornpotential

Senior Accessibility Designer

Ad Hoc is a digital service company that helps the federal government better serve people. 

Requirements: must be a U.S. Citizen; strong knowledge of Section 508, WCAG 2.0, and accessibility best practices; systems-level thinking, design skills (comfortable with tools and fluency with basic concepts)

#bigcompany #greatperks #flexible

Senior Technical SaaS Product Designer

DL Remote is a recruiting platform for those who want to work in permanent or freelance remote positions at top companies.

Requirements: 2+ years of experience designing technical B2B applications at successful SaaS companies; 5+ years of work experience as a Product Designer or similar role

#greatperks #flexible

Director of UX

SecurityScorecard empowers organizations with collaborative security intelligence. 

Requirements: 8+ years of UX and Design experience, primarily in B2B SaaS; 5+ years of leading designers; bachelor’s or master’s design in design, related field or equivalent work experience as a designer

#greatperks #bigcompany #leadershiprole

Senior UX Designer

Mattermost is a flexible, open-source messaging platform that enables secure team collaboration.

Requirements: 5+ years of hands-on user experience and visual design in software industry with a strong focus on responsive design for cloud-first desktop/browser applications; strong visual design sense

#friendlycoworkers #greatperks #flexible

About the Author

Kim Chung

Designer, foodie, and lover of aesthetics.

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