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Excellence is deliberate.

Designers, Excellence Is Not Accidental
  • The author speculates on reaching excellence in design backing the arguments with his own experience of delivering product strategy for Internet and Screen Accountability software Covenant Eyes.
  • Excellence in design is not something that comes to you naturally; it is deliberate and comes with effort.
  • Excellence starts with mastering design skills through learning, making mistakes, and, eventually, making a habit of putting to work everything you’ve learned.
  • In the pursuit of excellence, intelligent execution is an essential step. The author advises that you should always take into account the environment in which the plan is to be implemented. Also, you should have a thorough awareness of the framework and the organization you are working with.
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Tenets that go beyond disciplines and technical skills.

 
10 Intangibles of Design
  • The process of becoming and being a UX designer is rather complex. 
  • The article proves that the combination of some intangibles makes the difference between an average, dissatisfied designer and a successful designer.
  • Transcend disciplines and technical proficiency with these 10 intangibles of design:
    • Always be valuable.
    • Other people’s agenda matter.
    • Always bring an artifact.
    • Design requires tradeoffs.
    • Inquiry over advocacy.
    • Design like you are right, listen like you are wrong.
    • Avoid paralysis by analysis.
    • Move between abstract and concrete.
    • Your resilience will be rewarded.
    • Seek to master your craft more fully.
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10 Intangibles of Design

What is identity and how to define it?

How humans understand identity
  • This article explores the different aspects of how a typical user understands concepts related to identity.
  • In order to explicitly understand abstract terms like “identity”, Nima Kamoosi**,** Founder at Universal Identity, suggests looking closely at the following points:
    • Definitions (reiteration of the basic terms and concepts)
    • Economic activities and mental models (our mental models have evolved with significant influence from the economic activities that help sustain us and our societies)
    • Multi-identity (a person’s self-identity morphs depending on the context of the social circle or context it is embedded in)
    • Identity as a tool (identity-related artifacts and tools)
  • The ultimate goal of understanding the mental models of typical users is building intuitive identity systems and applications.
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Based on my own experience, here are the 5 things you need to have in your portfolio to stand a chance of success.

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Critiquing is about a way to make sure that each person in the room is as smart as the smartest individual in the team.

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