When Hannah Chen and I reconnected a couple of years ago, we soon realized we both had a passion for applying design thinking to solve life problems: anything from getting a more consistent sleep routine, to navigating career and life transitions, to goals like traveling to 33 countries by a 33rd birthday (go Hannah!).
Hannah had written Medium articles, and I wrote an ebook and created a website back in 2014 to capture this philosophy. As we shared our past work with each other, we started to do what creatives do —create.
Given these unprecedented times, design interviews have had to be a little bit more creative. One large part of the process, the whiteboard exercise, is used to probe and understand how a candidate approaches a new design problem and works through it. As if being put on the spot in person wasn’t hard enough, now you have to be prepared in managing it online.
These five tips will help you build the confidence you need to have a smooth remote whiteboarding exercise during a design interview.
User experience (UX) designers innovate digital products using a design thinking methodology, and I wanted to share how I’ve applied my own experience as a designer to approach my own creative lifestyle business.
User experience is all about connecting and bringing value to people, and not letting the technology get in the way. It’s the reason we like iPhones and Keurig machines, and other things that just seem to intuitively work. People gravitate towards simple, easy-to-use products, services, and experiences, and a user experience designer’s role is to craft that intentionally.
Generally, user experience design brings together a lot of…
I grew up being a nice girl. I was always cooperative, respectful, and agreeable. I got good grades, I was always team lead doing the extra work in team projects, and followed instructions perfectly.
However, it’s also hurt me over the years. I was too loyal, staying in a friendship, relationship, or workplace too long because I was afraid of rocking the boat. I put others before myself and was taken advantage of several times. It took me so long to figure out who I was and what I actually wanted in life. …
The other day, I went to the car to wake up my 4 year old daughter. She had gone with her dad to do some errands while I worked, and fell asleep on the way home.
As I approached, curled up in her small arms protectively was a box. Not just any box, but a new one from Target. It was a Play-Doh dentist kit.
I smiled to myself knowingly, because I knew what this meant to her.
A few days before this particular car trip, my sister had called and during the conversation, realized it was my son’s birthday…
When designing for a product, the most invaluable thing you can do is to get it out in the world cheaply and test it out. Similarly, you can do the same thing with any problem or indecision you’re facing in life.
Talking to people who play around with the idea of making a complete career pivot or finding a new job, or whether to make a big move to another city, I observe them churn and spin on an idea for months because they fear regret. I’ve done the same.
So, how do you know whether a new career will…
Last night, my 5-year-old son, “P”, accused my 4-year-old daughter, “A”, of lying. Earlier in the day, we bought a toy for each of them, and the toy we ended up getting P was one that A had initially rejected. As I was putting them up to bed, A was making plans for the next day and mentioned to P that he’d have to take turns playing with the toy he chose.
“You said you didn’t want my toy. That’s lying!” P responded.
“No, I didn’t. I didn’t want it then, but now I want to play with it with…
Have you ever felt ready for a change in your life but weren’t sure what to start? Maybe life in general just seemed so mundane, or so out of touch with what you really wanted out of life. Maybe there was that one area you felt you could do better in, whether exercising more, getting promoted, or maintaining better relationships with friends and family.
Sometimes change can be so overwhelming or so unclear that it’s just easier to keep doing the same thing. Don’t fall into that trap!
The urge to shake things up has come to me from time…
Live less out of habit and more out of intent. — anonymous
I wasn’t always a designer. However, I started to think of life as a design project a few years before I actually became a designer.
Here’s my story.
After college, I started out as a marketing communications coordinator at a hospital. I would put flyers up in different buildings, traveling different floors anywhere from every few weeks to several times a week.
One day as I was going up and down a hallway, I panicked at the sudden thought that I would be doing this job for the…