Most modern design tools have unlockable features to make your design workflow easier — I get that. But I’ve mostly been using Figma this year and I have to admit it is the best tool on the market right now, thanks largely to the great community of plugin developers. These are the free plugins I’m using right now to speed up my design work and make my life much easier.
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I spent a lot of my childhood scribbling in a notebook. Not much has changed as an adult, although I do most of my scribbling online now. I found myself with more free time during the COVID-19 lockdowns and self-published a labour of love inspired by rainy afternoons spent drawing imaginary supervillains in my bedroom.
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Statistics can seem daunting to a designer with a creative background, but I’ve found you don’t need to be an expert statistician to accurately analyse test results if you follow a few guidelines and ask some honest questions.
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Until recently, mocking up website copy in existing websites meant digging through <divs> and other markup to make changes, but this little bookmarklet makes the whole process much easier.
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I returned from the two day Adobe Symposium in Sydney only hours ago so I thought it’d be a good time to recall my experience while it’s fresh in my memory. This was my first time attending the Symposium and I enjoyed the quick trip.
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A question that sometimes pops up in design interviews is ‘which designers inspire you?’. I enjoy answering the question but find myself reflecting on my answer after I’ve left the interview.
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Dealing with project purgatory

Posted 2 years ago

I was messenging a designer friend recently and he earnestly asked if he can include projects that never went live in his portfolio. The short answer is yes (in my humble opinion), but I’d like to unpack my reasons why you should showcase unshipped work and what to do if a project gets canned.
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My reading list of design articles seems to get bigger and bigger every year. The articles are a great way to stay on top of industry trends and happenings, although you often have to sift through your inbox to find the real gems.
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If you’re a designer, you might be asked to conduct an expert review of a website or application to find usability issues or opportunities to improve the experience. Stakeholders will want to see evidence to support your review, so I thought I’d share a quick and dirty method of calculating a usability score.
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Transience in experience design

Posted 2 years ago

Transience can be a handy principle when applied tastefully in user experience design, as it follows a philosophical concept and natural pattern people already inherently understand – nothing lasts forever.
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