UX Weekly: Designing for Privacy, Paths to becoming a Designer, and Analogous colors

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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] Designing for privacy

On Wednesday, I downgraded my iPhone X to an iPhone 7, and to my surprise, the process was very quick and painless. The phones synced up and did a data transfer of all the apps on the X to the 7 – photos, apps, contacts, everything. I was impressed. But now reading this article about privacy, I’m realizing that my social media login information was transferred so easily. 

Apple introduced a new security feature in June 2019 called “Sign in with Apple”. It serves as an alternative to the existing sign in with Google and Facebook options that apps and websites often offer. Apple’s version protects your privacy and even lets you mask your email address. For apps like Dropbox, this model was integrated into their app to provide seamless logon and support user privacy. The takeaway here is to design with a balance of confidentiality and consideration. 


[IG post] A UX Beginner Instagram exclusive on explaining UX to non-designers → Five Mom-tested ways to explain UX Design


[design tool] Start developing neumorphism-inspired layouts, web apps, and pages with this free UI Kit → Neumorphism UI


[podcast] James and Per from UX Podcast discuss “privacy privilege” and the expectation of better collaboration and design systems → #241 Privacy privilege


[article] 5 Different Paths to Becoming a Designer

I transitioned into my design career via a bootcamp, but that might not be for everyone. In this article, five designers share their different journeys into the design profession.  

  1. Get a formal education – 2-4 year design school with a degree-granting program
  2. The self-taught approach – utilizing free online or print resources to learn
  3. Enroll in a bootcamp – a fast-paced course offered in-person or online to further your knowledge quickly
  4. Say yes to new opportunities – being presented with a fun project and giving it a shot
  5. Create opportunities for yourself – this could be as simple as redesigning your favorite app and sharing it online for feedback

[quote] “Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.”

Massimo Vignelli

Vitaly Friedman, Co-founder & Creative Lead at Smashing Magazine walk viewers through ways to break away from generic layouts and make things less boring → Designing Humane Web Experiences


[design tool] Aesthetically-pleasing usages of fonts online  to give you inspiration → fonts in the wild


[book] On the surface, this book is about the what, how much, and why we’re eating but beyond that is understanding human behavior and psychology in general. If we understand how humans think and feel, we can design better.  →  Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think


[design tool] Created by Smashing Magazine, this is a deck of 100 cards with checklists to help you design and build any interface component better. → Smart Interface Design Patterns Checklist Cards


[article] Analogous colors (and how to use them in design)

Analogous is a color scheme using one base color and two secondary colors next to each other on the color wheel. The secondary colors are meant to be used as highlights and accents. Because the colors are next to each other on the color wheel, it creates a nice aesthetic. However, one thing to be mindful of when putting together a palette is accessibility!

💼  REMOTE UX JOBS  💻

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

Product Designer

Amitree transforms business emails into an AI-powered deal organizer, project manager, and virtual assistant. 

Requirements: 2+ years of experience in web product design and user research; proficiency with one or more design tools such as Figma, InVision, or similar; experience with end-to-end product design

#flexible #smallteam #unicornpotential

Product Designer

Chili Piper is a scheduling product that helps businesses help their buyers. 

Requirements: has experience using Sketch (experience with Abstract is a plus); very passionate about small details in a product; loves to be challenged.

#greatperks #smallteam #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 Product Designer

Rainforest is a platform that combines manual and automated software testing. 

Requirements: 4+ years experience working on B2B web applications; experience at a startup or with distributed teams; experience working with web technologies and are comfortable with the basics of JavaScript and HTML/ CSS

#smallteam #startup #flexible

Senior Product Designer

Buildkite is a continuous integration tool designed to improve software developer productivity. 

Requirements: basic proficiency working with Ruby on Rails or similar web app framework; basic proficiency in HTML, CSS, and Javascript; proficiency in Figma, Sketch, Illustrator, or other design tools

#greatperks #friendlycoworkers #international

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 Product Designer

Headway is a design and development team that helps startups and corporations grow into their next phase of business. 

Requirements: 5+years of experience; experience shipping applications for Web, iOS, and Android; professional knowledge of user-centered design, usability principles, and techniques

#greatperks #smallteam #friendlycoworkers

About the Author

Kim Chung

Designer, foodie, and lover of aesthetics.

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