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Managing your inner critic: An exercise

Our inner critic knows just the right time to show up and start whispering to us that our ideas aren’t good enough, so why bother creating them and that we definitely shouldn’t be sharing them with the world. The subtle whispers can keep us from getting started and

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Progress over perfection!

Lately, there has been a familiar voice that has appeared back in my head. As I work to get the Low Fidelity podcast up and running, the voice constantly reminds me that the podcast should be perfect right from the start, or it's not worth putting out there. The cover,

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The Power of a Pencil

We have so many of them after all. It’s easy to overlook the power it has in the busyness of our lives. We can buy pencils in bulk and use one after another. What could a single pencil teach us? The Pencil is a charming story and a lesson

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Be fully committed to your next task

What if you spent the next few minutes fully engaged in the task you need to complete? Yes, even the one that you are not excited about. I recently learned about this way of approaching tasks from the Waking Up app in which Sam Harris shares ways of bringing clarity

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Keep it real! A guide to representing users in your designs

Are you up for a design test? It’s a quick one. Great! I will show you two concepts for a profile page. I want you to look at them quickly and remember your first impressions for both of them. To make the test work, you will need to scroll

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Kindness At Work. Are You Up For The Challenge?

It’s Monday morning. Your day started by scanning the news on your phone. Racism, bigotry, and sexual harassment seem to be dominating the headlines these days. Why can’t people be kind? You think to yourself. On your commute to work, you notice people being inconsiderate, rude, and aggressive

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Shaming users is a horrible idea!

How in the world has shaming users become a marketing trend? Who thinks you can get a positive behavior by insulting users? A recent article by Katie Meyer and Kim Flaherty on the NNGroup.com blog brought light to this horrible practice. The article identifies the text links that shame

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Laseau's Funnel

Diagram showing Laseau's FunnelFrom the starting point, we generate multiple ideas to see opportunities. The design process then continues by reducing the viable options through decision-making. This process helps identify new and viable opportunities to pursue.

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Multicultural Names For InVision's Craft Plugin (Sketch & Photoshop)

Are you tired of using Anglo/Latino names in your designs as placeholders? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that but there are people with names that are more than one syllable. Products are designed for a global audience so designers should start using names from other parts of the

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Your Mood Should Not Dictate Your Manners

When things are going great we all have a positive attitude. We are polite and nice to everyone around us. We are helpful and cheerful and smile back when people smile at us. The story is not the same when things start going south. Whether it is in a project,