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What’s been been most eye-opening throughout my design career is the fact that only about 30% of my job actually involves pushing pixels in a design tool. The other 70% is research, brainstorming, whiteboarding, presenting, explaining, and validation. I’ve come to...

Ways to Design Account Switchers & App Switchers

Christian Beck wrote an incredibly thorough article about the UX behind switching accounts in digital products, so I decided to ride the coattails of his article and write one of my own, but from a tactical, design perspective. Account switchers have become a common...

10 Tips to Creating a Design System from Scratch

10 Tips to Creating a Design System from Scratch There’s no doubt that design systems are here to stay. They help UX designers, UI developers and product teams by making design easier to implement, provide consistency across design teams, and increase the overall...

How to Make Buttons in Sketch

How to Make Buttons in Sketch This is an update to my original article! Before you start reading, download the free source file! My first button article was pretty popular, so I figured I’d revisit it since things have changed significantly (for the...

A Handy Guide to Picking the Right Design Tool

Helping UX professionals make sense of the ever-changing landscape of design tools Looking at ALL the different tools available to designers is pretty impressive, but for many, it’s pretty overwhelming. It’s a great time to be in the field, but I also miss simpler...

How to Ask for Help

Tiny Tactic It’s strange to be writing on such a seemingly obvious topic, but if you’ve clicked on a link to get to this article, then there’s a good chance you know why I’m writing it. When starting my design career, I was always told to never hesitate to ask for...

Design Trend: Em Dash Section Headers

Typography continues to elegantly evolve in web design. Beautiful typography is no long reserved simply for blogs and agency sites — you can find it o eCommerce sites, digital product landing pages and company homepages. Even writing apps like Medium or Dropbox Paper...

How to Get Better at Visual Design

Tiny Tactic Get over your fear of pixels, UX designers Visual design is overlooked by UX designers. Either designers think it’s someone else’s role, or they simply think it’s beneath them to care about it because they are worried about the “big picture stuff.” The bar...

10 Ways to Measure Your Success in Design

Professional Growth When you first start in any profession (particularly those in the creative space), it’s pretty easy to come down with a bad case of Imposter Syndrome. You feel like a fake…a total phony…and immediately begin comparing yourself to people who you...

How to Use an InVision DSM Library in Sketch

Sketch Tutorials If you haven’t already read my first article about setting up a design system using InVision DSM, I recommend you read that first: Everything You Need to Know About InVision’s New Design System Manager, Including How to Build One Background One of the...

The Sketch Update We’ve All Been Waiting For

Sketch Tutorials When nested symbols came out for the first time way back in Sketch version-whatever-it-was, it was kind of a big deal. At least I thought so: This is, without a doubt, the coolest Sketch technique you’ll see all day. At the time, a couple designers...

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