Designing easy-to-use, valuable and well-crafted UIs is one of the main goals of every Digital Product Designer. Two years ago, I started my journey with no real formal design background (Computer Science & Media). This post summarizes some of the insights I learned along the way as well as advice, that would have been helpful at the start.
The productivity of a Digital Product Designer is defined by the amount of good work he/she is able to put out into the real world together with the team. This is the place, where you get real feedback to learn and steer your product in the right direction. Unnecessary chaos in the midst of a development cycle often stands in the way of this goal. Sometimes developers find edge cases, which make the design unusable. Other times, a developer messages you asking for missing assets. A frustrating and time-consuming problem. However, there are tools to deal with those types of problems upfront.
To start of the new year, I want to share my favorite three books from last year. The topics range from leadership to a biography to self-improvement. All three books gave me a lot to think about and I highly recommend reading them.
I am currently writing my master’s thesis and have been thinking a lot about creativity and inspiration lately. Sometimes, I look for inspiration in order to find new ways to improve the structure of my work or I’m looking for a creative spark to solve another kind of problem.
To me it feels like everyone is talking about questions today. However, I haven’t found a good toolkit to change the way I think and act through questions. Sometimes I think “What is the next step?”, “How can I do that faster?” or “What the hell?” Pretty average questions I would say. So, how can we ask more effective questions?
It’s been a while! The four lectures I summarized this time focus on how to cultivate leadership and how to build a thriving culture. For me, there were a lot of golden nuggets in there.
Here are my notes for lectures 6 to 8. As always, let’s step right in.
Let’s not waste any time. Here are my notes to lectures 2-5 from “The Psychology of Leadership” by Tal Ben-Shahar.