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You wouldn’t start building a house without a plan, so why would you start pushing your designs into the implementation stage without prototyping first? Prototyping is just like a blueprint because it lets you and your developers see a complete overview of your website or app before you start production.

Prototyping is a must-have in the design process because it helps you collaborate with your team and explore options without having to commit to a final version. This can help you make sure the UX/UI design is perfect before executing on a final product.

If you’ve avoided prototyping in the…


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Radical Candor, a concept coined by Kim Scott, can help you love your work and the people you work with. Radical candor is the act of giving direct feedback to someone in a way that pushes them to grow and improve. It requires two things:

  1. Being specific and sincere when giving praise
  2. Being clear and kind when giving criticism

Importantly, it means actually giving both praise and criticism, because, in combination, these things have the power to strengthen relationships while driving better results.

What are the key features of radical candor?

In order to achieve radical candor, you need to include two key ingredients in your feedback: caring…


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As a species, we are addicted to storytelling. More specifically, we are addicted to oxytocin — the hormone released in our brain when we hear a story that resonates with us.

Oxytocin, also referred to as the “love hormone,” promotes trust, empathy, and openness. This is the same hormone released when we hug someone or bond socially. Because of this, storytelling (much like love) has great power.

Design executive Jim Antonopoulos said, “Great design is storytelling at its finest”. Whether or not you’ve realized it before, all designers are storytellers. …


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User Experience (UX) can be considered as the entirety of a user’s experience with a product or service, as well as the total of the choices that led there. UX Design is fundamentally about guiding oneself and one’s team through those choices. That being said, it’s clearly not only digital products, like websites or apps for tech companies, that can benefit from UX design.

We asked our community of UX/UI design students, alumni, mentors, and social media followers the question, Which non-tech related industries would you bring UX design into? …


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Breaking your dreams down into digestible and tangible goals will help you achieve more in the long run. In this post, we’ll use the example goal of switching to a career in UX/UI design, but this framework can really be used to accomplish any type of goal.


UX designers can easily apply Service Design practices into their design processes for a more inclusive view on people, systems, and the world. But how exactly do they go about doing so?

First of all, let’s briefly discuss what Service Design means. Service Design is often defined as a broader, more holistic way to look at the lifecycle of products and services, as well as the ecosystems in which they exist. A Service Designer’s job is therefore to design the end-to-end journey, considering how a user can complete a goal from very beginning to end, and oftentimes across multiple platforms…


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A UX designer and UI designer both work on creating beautiful interfaces, but their involvement and skill sets are required at different times during the design and development process. So how do you know which career is the best fit for you?

Learn more about what a UX designer and UI designer do on a daily basis to figure out where you’ll excel.

User Experience (UX) Designer

UX designers are skilled at identifying problems and making interfaces as easy to use as possible.

UX designers are known for being obsessed with customers and ensuring the intuitiveness of all designs. A UX designer’s work is…


Many companies around the world are expanding their remote workforce, whether it be in pursuit of lower overheads, higher productivity, a bigger market to hire from, or better work-life balance for employees.

At first mention, remote work may sound like all glory, with little downside. Although it has an incredible host of benefits, it’s not without its pitfalls — especially if you’re not prepared for it. In my opinion, it truly is a double-edged sword.

Previous generations working in more traditional careers found that their hours and workplaces were pretty clearly defined. …


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Words: Emma Shimmens / Illustration: Gina Medranda

UX Academy Foundations is our newest course offering at Designlab and, as someone who has no technical UI/UX design experience, I put myself forward to participate in one of the early beta cohorts to see what it was all about!

While I’ve worked in the UI/UX design education space for almost 4 years, I’d never personally learned the design tools or physically designed any webpages or app screens prior to taking UX Academy Foundations. I was therefore keen to immerse myself in all the lesson material and, more importantly, all the practical work involved.

To help you learn a little…


Six important reminders

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When I graduated from UX Academy in early 2017, I was a bright-eyed young designer looking for work in the tech industry. After a few months of interviewing for jobs, I discovered a trend: none of these tech companies were comfortable with remote work options. The expectation of the UX Designer seemed to be someone who sits right next to stakeholders and developers for close collaboration.

At first, I was dismayed at that discovery; by that time I had already been working remotely for 2 years. Remote working wasn’t just a temporary deviation from the “norm” for me, but rather…

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