#MondayMotivation – The UX Daily’s Best of the UX Web Roundup

Happy Monday! We know it’s a bit of a struggle getting the week started on Monday so we try to bring you stuff that gives you a little boost either at work or when you’re in search of work. And speaking on looking for work…

Find a Design Job You Truly Love

This piece from Smashing Magazine last week, explored how you can find the right job for you at any time during your design career. There’s no need to be in a job that doesn’t meet your needs to be challenged and to create – you can find another one at any stage of your career. The question many of us have though is “how?”

“There comes a time in nearly everyone’s career when changing jobs is the natural next step. As a designer, you might start looking for a new job when you feel you have hit a wall with your current employer or when greater opportunities are present at other companies.

After taking the necessary steps to prepare for a job search, like updating your resume and nurturing a small savings account to provide a little cushion, think about what you want in your next job. Planning for job requirements, salary and perhaps location before applying is obvious, but many people forget to set criteria for one major thing: corporate culture.”

You can find out exactly how here…

The 10 Best Creative Applications for Tablets

Everyone has a tablet PC now, actually they don’t but nearly every designer does; is there any invention more convenient for a designer to work or play from in any location? We don’t think so. But we do know that it can be a real challenge to get the most out of your tablet too.

“It seems there really is an app for everything these days, and the popularity of smart phones and tablets have led to higher demands for creative tools for artists of all levels.

Whether looking for something to use while you're on the move or in need for a way to get your anatomy right, there are many apps out there that once discovered, may well become an integral part of your creative process.”

Creative Bloq’s excellent article here will help you get the most from your tablet.

Make Modern Web Design into Vintage Web Design

It’s always nice to take an approach to something and turn it into a classic. Yet, the whole process of doing so can often feel obscure and hard to derive yourself. Carol Francis on OXP this week explores how you can do just that with your designs.

“What is the difference between vintage and retro? It is almost an unanswerable question, or it is often a matter of opinion. I would suggest that the difference between vintage and retro is simply age. Vintage could be classified as anything up to and including the 1940s, and retro would therefore be from the 1950s onwards, probably currently ending in the 1980s.

Of course, we have not taken into account the other classification: Antique! The technical definitions of these terms are as follows: Antique – anything that is over 100 years old; Vintage – anything that is over 50 years old; Retro – anything that looks out of style for the current time period. Here we have collected a selection of websites whose designs are (in our opinion), vintage, and for the purposes of this article we have included designs that reflect the 1800s to around the 1940s.”

Find the whole article here…

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