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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 Play-Doh dentist kit that my daughter wanted…and (spoiler alert!) got.

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…

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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…

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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…

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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!

Why scoping is key

The urge to shake things up has come to me from time…

Live less out of habit and more out of intent. — anonymous

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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…

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Finding the UX job that’s right for you can be overwhelming. You can love a company’s website and how their team is bursting with personality on their About page. You can stalk their LinkedIn and read all their posts to learn what type of content they engage with on social media. You can check out reviews on Glassdoor to see what the employees really think. But how much of this really tells you what kind of company they are?

Believe it or not, the answer to all your problems lies in the interview process.

Yep, I’m talking about that super…

To new UX designers and those who have been practicing a while, coming up with the right words for a button label or describing an error state can feel intimidating or ambiguous. UX writing is the practice of crafting copy within a user interface to help guide users within a product.

These 5 tips will help you write clear copy, along with examples from popular sites and design systems made public.

1. Clarity

Start with the action. Let the user know what the button will do.

Buttons that are commonly used in e-commerce for example include an “Add to cart” or “Buy…

The beauty of design is that no matter the design challenge you’re confronted with, the process of moving from a concept to a solution follows the same path. As you spend time in each part of the process, the better your outcome will be!

There are many different ways to break up this process, and in this article we’ll cover the Double Diamond.

The double diamond is elegant because it describes 3 things: phases, delivery points, and the convergence and divergence of ideas.

The Four Phases

The four phases are how I frame case studies, UX backlog stories, and communicate to stakeholders how…

Observations on motherhood

It was quicker to find the balance between selfishness and servitude the second time around.

Lia Fetterhoff

Inspired by life. Designer, writer, mom of two.

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