We all have our aspirations and goals in life and career. For me, it goes from having an impact on my full-time work to helping designers via my blog, email newsletter, and other educational content. I need to work damn hard to achieve these goals! Making the most of every
Visual Design often doesn't receive the respect it deserves among other disciplines such as UX, Development, and so on. I have faced situations like: Devs have already started the development based on UX. Just spend a few hours adding colours, please. We do not need visual design. Our devs are
The tagline for my newsletter goes as below: Grow As Designer | Helping Designers Grow Their Value and Income. It's a bit unclear, right? What the heck is "Value" anyway? How can you grow it? Well, there are many meanings to it and ways to grow it for a designer, but
As designers, we can sometimes feel lost in our design career and it applies to all of us from Junior to Senior levels. We either have no idea where we are going or get lazy and lost in our comfort zone. If I've based the advice purely on my self-experience,
My recommendation: MUST READ More details and reviews on Amazon This book took its place in my annual re-reading list. Lots of common sense practices in this book. I especially liked how Naval emphasises the importance of being a perpetual learner and reader which I greatly value too. I also
As designers, our days are filled with a variety of tasks and responsibilities. Here is a likely scenario; You wake up, go through your morning routine, and sit down at your desk to start working. First, you see a flood of emails in your inbox. You start replying to them
More details and reviews on Amazon Interesting take on creative minds and struggles. It is almost like a religious book, the author talks about Muses, Angels, how God has created us for a specific purpose equipped with genes/soul to achieve that purpose and how we are destined to follow
More details and reviews on Amazon This book has a different, more human approach to management and leadership, unlike most books that are usually written by top-level CEOs. Julie's journey from IC role to Manager is more relatable, at least to me. 3 premises I got from the book are
My recommendation: 7/10 More details and reviews on Amazon Focusing on the good you can do for others than yourself was an interesting perspective to build habits. I found the practical tips about how to phrase some questions useful such as using "What..." instead of "Why..." which may come
My recommendation: 9/10 More details and reviews on Amazon You don't need the perfectly systemized plan to have a successfull business. Focus on giving the best service possible to the small number of people and improve/invent as you get feedback. Don't fear to be casual and human in
Technical skills will get you so far in Design. You need to focus on soft skills such as Communication, Time Management if you want to grow and stand out.
Dear Designer, You have done an amazing job this year! Maybe you didn’t achieve everything you wanted. Go easy on yourself. Design is hard! You are expected to touch everything from stating business problems to communicating your solutions to developers, stakeholders. You work hard on making sense of data
Meticulously structured design courses are valuable. Study them, learn them, but if you ever get overwhelmed (and you will), bear in mind that the real work environments are not that strict, you will have room to break the rules you learned, explore and make your own rules.
Enjoy your time with video games, do not see it as a waste of time as society thinks. This is YOUR time, use it as you like it. It will make you a better designer.