Is our showboating doing us more harm than good?

In 2012, Google Ventures created the design sprint. It’s a five-day collaboration with a variety of members in your product team. You “sprint” through the whole design process in a week, from defining the problem to creating a prototype. …


Six things nobody warned me about working in the UX industry

I love my job. As a UX Designer, I get to help teams build wonderful digital products that have an impact on people’s lives. It’s a fun and rewarding role, so it’s no wonder the number of designers like me is set to grow by a factor of 100 over…


Tips for designers who want to get the best out of their mentors

Mentors are a blessing. Having one is a great way to boost your confidence and your skills. For designers, there’s never been a greater time to look for one. Platforms like ADPList make finding mentors easy. …


Tips for making reports your colleagues will actually read

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School has taught us to measure a report’s value by its length. We’re all familiar with word counts, and padding out our sentences to hit that arbitrary target. Or bumping up the font size to increase the page count.

As adults, we know that writing this way is silly. We…


An honest look back at my time as an independent designer

I’ve always wanted to be a freelancer. The idea of running my own business however I wanted to was so appealing, and 2020 was the year I decided to make the leap.

In the middle of a global pandemic, I set out on my path to independence. At the start…


Bootcamps aren’t the shortcut you’re looking for

Everyone takes different paths into the UX industry. Even with the amount of design qualifications available, most designers I’ve spoken to don’t have one. From what I’ve seen, design-focused courses and bootcamps are targeted at people looking to change industries.

Bootcamp programmes are good at teaching you the absolute basics…


Step off of the design portfolio assembly line with some critical thinking.

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The way designers build their case studies is broken. If you’re a design school or bootcamp graduate, odds are that your portfolio will look the same as everyone else’s. It’s not your fault, it’s a product of the system. …


Practice your presentation skills in a safe and comfortable way

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I’ve always assumed that public speaking events are for experts. Professionals who’ve already got 15+ years of real experience under their belts. But really, anyone can do it. The infamous Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park is a space where anyone with an opinion can have their voice heard. …


My advice for taking your first steps into creating articles

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Like everyone on Medium, my account was empty when I first created it. Over the past couple of years, I’ve grown and learned how to write articles through reading and writing. I’ve taken no shortcuts. …


Why a process page is so effective and how you can build one

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As a freelancer, I need to know which pages on my website are being seen and how people are finding me. I have an analytics tool call Splitbee on my design portfolio so I can keep track of these insights. …

Amy Rogers

UX Designer and Researcher · Writing about pushing our design boundaries · Passionately curious 🐱‍🚀 · amyrogers.design

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