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This week’s UX roundup has 2 article highlights, 3 design tools, 1 design quote, 1 UX book recommendation, and 11 remote UX jobs.

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Instagram makes bad navigation good?

[ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS] 

According to my phone’s Screen Time tracking, I browse Instagram on average about 50 minutes a day. That’s insane! Aside from just mindlessly scrolling through the “Search” menu that feeds me tailored content based on my views and content, it seems that sometimes I just was wasting time navigating the app. 

A flow chart of Instagram's non-linear and kind of confusing menu logic.

An example of confusing navigation that I never realize in Instagram that the article was going to our own profile. Give it a try: go to your profile, then go to an old post and look at some likes. From the likes list, select a profile to view and look at their profile. Click on the home tab. Click on the profile tab. What do you see? Your friend’s profile… Why?! 

What I loved about this article (aside from the awakens of non-intuitive design in Instagram) was the blunt reminder that there is no “right way” to design something like app navigation. Apps can teach users a new flow by risking learnability. If the app is successful, they’ll be like Instagram, otherwise, they’re just another app. 


What do UX designers do?

[INSTAGRAM POST] 

Wondering what UX designers really do? From research to UI design, we do a lot, sometimes more than we can count on our hands… and fingers.

UX Beginner Instagram post of a hand with five finger hands to represent what UX designers do.

Radix Icons

[DESIGN TOOL] 

You can never have too many icon options when it comes to designing. Here’s a set of 15×15 icons designed by the Modulz team available for download for Figma, SVG, Sketch, and more!

A screenshot of 15x15 black and white icons.

UserZoom’s State of UX 2020

[UPCOMING EVENT] 

November 19, 2020 – a FREE virtual event that will empower you with UX insights to incorporate into your digital endeavors. There are 3 tracks with over 20 speakers who will speak on what the predicted 2021 deliverables will be.

State of UX 2020 banner with event info and colorful shapes.

UX Stash

[DESIGN TOOL] 

Want to refresh yourself on AB/Multivariate Testing? Browse UX Stash, a hand-picked glossary of theories, tools, and principles. Curated by Alex Kale and Leandro Incetta.

Screenshot of UX Stash which is a collection of glossary content organized into 3 alphabetical columns.

Chatbot Design at Robocopy | Interview with Hans Van Dam

[DESIGN PODCAST]
Writers in Tech is a podcast by UX Writing Hub where content strategist, UX writers, and content designers share their experiences in the industry. In this episode, Hans van Dam speaks on what sparked Robocopy and the skill set required to design great chatbots.


Getting a UX Job: Do You Want it Bad Enough?

[ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS] 

This is a motivational post for design students trying to land their first UX jobs. It’s a bit of a wake up call for those who have hit a wall.

Secret to landing a UX job? You need to want it bad enough. Image of "Success Kid"

These are signs of Not Wanting It Bad Enough:

Oz talks about why the barrier to entry to UX is higher now, and why doing the bare minimum no longer works. Now, since UX is a hot field, the main competitive advantage one can attain is a burning desire to want a UX job more than the next person. 


“Remote work is in essence about freedom. It’s giving anyone the opportunity to work where they feel the most productive.” 

Molood Ceccarelli, Remote Work Expert, Agile Coach, CEO & founder of Remote Forever

[UX QUOTE] 


New Macbooks – a possible game changer for product designers! #AppleEvent

[WATCH THIS] 

Looking at the new shiny MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, or Mac mini with the Apple M1 chip? Here are some reasons why you might consider the upgrade:

  • Increased battery life (up to 18 hours on the Air and 20 hours on the Pro)
  • Powerful CPU to bring to you next-level graphics
  • macOS Big Sur
  • iPhone and iPad apps (to easily transfer files between devices) 

Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences (Voices That Matter)

[BOOK RECO] 

If you like reading about interaction design, you’ll love Stephen P. Anderson’s book. Take aesthetically-pleasing interface examples that you’d find in other similar books but view them from a more human-approach. There’s also an excellent walkthrough of the psychology behind “gamification”, a great method used to make mundane tasks more fun! 

Seductive Interaction Design book cover (which has a U-shaped magnet sucking in the letter 'U')


Shapefest

[DESIGN TOOL] 

A massive collection of free 3D shapes for your design needs. I stumbled upon the “clay Apple Devices” collection and sparks were flying on how I could incorporate these babies into my portfolio to showcase some of my design screens.

Screenshot of Shapefest with a snapshot of various red clay Apple devices (watch, laptop, phone)

💼  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

User Interface Designer

Very Good Security is a data security company that lets fintech startups and enterprises operate on sensitive data without the cost or liability of securing the data themselves.

Requirements: understanding of modern web design principles; 3-5 years of experience building designs that users love; familiarity with agile development methodologies; proficiency with HTML5, CSS, and Sass

#bigcompany #friendlycoworkers #greatperks

Product Designer

Tinybeans is a must-have app for every parent that helps them create a keepsake to last a lifetime.

Requirements: an online portfolio; ability to advocate for UI consistency and accessibility; experience designing one multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Web, and Email) is preferred; excited about working in a fast-paced, dynamic startup environment

#smallteam #friendlycoworkers #greatperks

User Interface Designer

Very Good Security is a data security company that lets fintech startups and enterprises operate on sensitive data without the cost or liability of securing the data themselves.

Requirements: understanding of modern web design principles; 3-5 years of experience building designs that users love; familiarity with agile development methodologies; proficiency with HTML5, CSS, and Sass

#bigcompany #friendlycoworkers #greatperks

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 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 Product Designer

MANTL is a FinTech SaaS company that is a customer-centric outer core ecosystem that gives banks and credit unions the flexibility to innovate using modern technology, while owning their brand throughout the entire customer lifecycle.

Requirements: experience owning the design of products that get built; experience designing and managing systems that scale; experience conducting and apply research, testing, and metrics to empower design decisions; Figma Guru

#unicornpotential #smallteam #startup

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

Lead Product Designer

PingCAP is An open-source, cloud-native, distributed SQL database for elastic scale and real-time analytics.

Requirements: 5+ years of design experience with an in-depth understanding of SaaS platform products; a portfolio that demonstrates ability to create effective user-centered design solutions; working knowledge of industry standard design software (i.e Sketch, Figma, Adobe CS, Invision, or other UX related tools).

#greatperks #bigcompany #friendlycoworkers

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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