Personal Development

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Literature on Personal Development

Here’s the entire UX literature on Personal Development by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:

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7 Tips to Improve Your UX Design Practice

7 Tips to Improve Your UX Design Practice

Hey! But my UX design practice is perfect! Thankfully, we don’t hear that very much but the truth is – the longer we’re in a job, the better we consider ourselves to be at that job. Sometimes, it’s worth remembering that even the best professionals still have learning to be done. It’s also worth remembering that the longer we do things, the easi...

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  • 2 months ago
Do I Need a Degree to Work In User Experience?

Do I Need a Degree to Work In User Experience?

This is a question that, in slightly different forms, gets asked a lot by those considering a UX design career. The question is a simple one but the answer..? Well, that’s a bit more complicated. A lot depends on you and your approach to life and your career. So let’s take a look at the benefits of a degree and the alternative paths you might pr...

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  • 3 months ago
10 Great Reasons to Go Freelance (Things You Might Not Have Considered)

10 Great Reasons to Go Freelance (Things You Might Not Have Considered)

If you’re toying with the idea of going freelance; you’ll already know some of the benefits. Getting rid of the commute and ditching your boss may play heavily in the decision making process but there are other benefits to leaving the rat race behind. We’ve come up with 10 great reasons to go freelance that you might not have considered yet in ...

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  • 9 months ago
The GROW model: Similarities between Coaching and UX

The GROW model: Similarities between Coaching and UX

The GROW model is used by coaches to enable individuals to reach their objectives. As you will see while reading about this model, there’s a large overlap with the skills already used by UX designers. As a designer, it can be helpful for you to see the parallels between the two professions – as it allows you to add an extra string to your bow wi...

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  • 2 years ago
The Illusion of Control – You Are Your Worst Enemy

The Illusion of Control – You Are Your Worst Enemy

Not everything in life is within our control. Believing that it is can be a serious handicap to getting things done in design work and most of life. Learning how to handle the illusion of control will make it much easier to accept things that aren’t within your control and focus your efforts on areas which do lay within your control.Author/Copyr...

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  • 2 years ago
The Bias Blind Spot and Unconscious Bias in Design

The Bias Blind Spot and Unconscious Bias in Design

It’s useful for designers to understand bias both so that they combat their own biases when they work and so that they can tap into the biases of their users to provide better user experiences. But what happens when we can’t acknowledge our own biases? That’s when we need to understand the bias blind spot so that we can work more effectively des...

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  • 2 years ago
Confirmation Bias – It’s Not What We Think We Know That Counts

Confirmation Bias – It’s Not What We Think We Know That Counts

Confirmation bias is a pernicious form of bias which can cause real problems in both UX research and our own lives. Learning to recognize and eliminate confirmation bias leads to better decision making, better research and ultimately better products and user experiences.One of the most famous, and flawed, social anthropology studies of all time ...

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  • 2 years ago
The Bandwagon Bias – The Dangers of Groupthink

The Bandwagon Bias – The Dangers of Groupthink

Groupthink is dangerous to our objectivity. It prevents us from thinking for ourselves and making the best decisions. Designers need to be cautious about falling into the bandwagon bias trap but also be aware of how it can be exploited in their designs to improve user experiences and get users to make the decisions the designer wants them to mak...

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  • 2 years ago
What Skills Does a Newly Qualified Designer Need?

What Skills Does a Newly Qualified Designer Need?

If you’re going to graduate this year or if you’re in your first job; you’ll be wondering what you can do to improve your chances of progressing on to or up the career ladder. So what skills do you need? And is the job all about your design skills?Become a Problem SolverUX designers should know this by now but many other design professionals wil...

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  • 2 years ago
Outcome Bias – Not All Outcomes are Created Equal

Outcome Bias – Not All Outcomes are Created Equal

Evaluating the outcomes of our actions makes sense. However, there is a cognitive bias where we place too much weight on the outcome and aren’t critical enough of the process by which we reached that outcome. Learning to avoid the outcome bias can help improve the quality of our decision making process.Human beings tend to be self-evaluative. We...

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  • 2 years ago
Loss Aversion – Really, What’s the Worst that Can Happen?

Loss Aversion – Really, What’s the Worst that Can Happen?

There’s a cognitive bias that makes us sadder to lose something than it makes us happy to gain it. This causes us to be afraid of loss – even when that fear is illogical. It prevents us from taking small risks to make big gains, for example. Overcoming loss aversion can help you build better products and manage your life in a more objective mann...

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  • 2 years ago
Stop Yourself from Becoming Content Fried and Free Your Mind to be Productive

Stop Yourself from Becoming Content Fried and Free Your Mind to be Productive

Content fried is the point we reach when we subject ourselves to too much data. It commonly affects content curators but it can affect any of us. The “always on” Internet may be a blessing much of the time but it can also be a curse. The term “content fried” was defined Beth Kanter, who is a trainer, researcher, speaker and motivator. Content ...

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  • 1 month ago
Discover and Understand your Passions and Interests – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Discover and Understand your Passions and Interests – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Many would-be freelancers and entrepreneurs know exactly what they want to do; others aren’t really sure. Whichever position you are in, sitting down and working out your passions and interests before you begin a business is a good idea. A wealth of evidence shows that when we work in harmony with our passions and interests, we become happy in t...

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  • 2 years ago
The Focusing Effect – Don’t Look Back With Too Much Optimism

The Focusing Effect – Don’t Look Back With Too Much Optimism

There’s a good reason that financial advisers tell us “past performance is no guarantee of future returns”. The focusing effect is a cognitive bias that causes us to attribute too much weight to events of the past and translate them into future expectations. Knowing how to handle the focusing effect can improve our decision making process not ju...

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  • 2 years ago
High Value Activities in Design and the Workplace

High Value Activities in Design and the Workplace

Hillary Rettig, the author of The Seven Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism and Writer’s Block says; “High Value Activities (HVAs) are within your mission, leverage, your strengths and create impact or change.”She also says; “They also create clarity and open your schedule. Delegating your n...

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  • 9 months ago
Understand and Define Your Values – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Understand and Define Your Values – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Our personal values can often be a little hard to define. Why?—because our real values and the values that we aspire to sometimes conflict. An honest examination of our values, however, is vital to succeed as an entrepreneur or freelancer. That’s because when we work in harmony with our values, we’re more likely to enjoy and appreciate what we d...

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  • 1 year ago
How to adopt the right attitude towards your UX work

How to adopt the right attitude towards your UX work

If you’re going to graduate from your university or design school this year, or if you’re in your first UX design job, you’ll be wondering what you can do to improve your chances of progressing on to or up the career ladder. So, what skills do you need? And is the job all about your design skills? Read on to see what’s really involved, and how a...

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  • 1 month ago