MINDSET

Turn it be my strongest ally.

Do Designers really Have the Worst Enemy?
Do Designers really Have the Worst Enemy?
Illustration by Kit8.net

What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?

When I was a child, this was my most impressive riddle. The answer is quite simple: it is the “NAME” of each person. From the moment we were born, perhaps the first thing we own is our name. NAME also signals your “presence” in this world, and then the “Ego” comes to light.

It is the fact that the older we get, the more vulnerable our ego becomes. Children only need one candy to be happy, while adults are so egotistical and not easy to calm down. …


DESIGN

Here are what can multiply a designer’s value.

Don’t Just Focus on the Pixel Skills
Don’t Just Focus on the Pixel Skills
Illustration by Kit8.net
  • Why can’t a person with good academic results perform equivalently well at work?
  • Why does a hardworking person who is willing to give their best have slow progress?
  • Or why is it so hard for a bookworm to start working on a task and complete it?

I’ve been curious about why some people are doing very good at something but not being able to do something else that is just as good. Over the past years, I’ve been searching for that answer — you may already know it’s people’s competency.

But how can we increase our competency?

Before looking for…


MINDSET

5 tips from a Designer’s perspective.

I was suffering from satisfying my clients, but not anymore
I was suffering from satisfying my clients, but not anymore
Art by DeeKay

Typically, a designer will start a new project with eagerness because:

This client seems easy-going. He also has good taste and has all his faith in me. This definitely will be a project which I should proudly add to my portfolio. Let’s do it!

Later on, after lots of changes and suggestions, that easy-going person is nowhere to be found. He has transformed into a demanding client with weird taste, which ruins your initial good ideas. …


MINDSET

Good design doesn’t speak for itself.

Why I stop Letting the Design Speak for Itself and Start Storytelling
Why I stop Letting the Design Speak for Itself and Start Storytelling
Illustration by Storytale

You are the best person to tell the story you create. So when the opportunity arises, tell it impressively!

Since ancient times, stories have been a useful tool to connect and convey human culture. People who were merchants, adventurers, transporters, hunters, and people with different professions passed on their journeys, experiencing stories over the campfire and liquor glasses at night. To reduce loneliness on the way of adventure while ensuring that there were still legacies if something happened.


DESIGN

Designers, beauty shouldn’t be our measure.

Your Design Doesn’t Need to Be more Beautiful.
Your Design Doesn’t Need to Be more Beautiful.
Illustration by Storytale

How can I make this Design more beautiful?

This is the most challenging question for a designer when looking at a design on the screen. Perhaps you have discovered a great treasure of beauty definition for human beings if you can answer it.

The Oxford dictionary defines:

“Beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.”

The philosopher Immanuel Kant once said:

“Beauty is not on the rosy cheeks of a maiden but in the eye of the beholder”

When we discuss ugliness or beauty, we always admit it…


OPINION

Here are my experience in building creative confidence.

Confidence in Creativity is not Born, It is Earned
Confidence in Creativity is not Born, It is Earned
Illustration by Kit8

Humans need the confidence to survive. In the olden days, we needed the courage to escape from predators. As time evolves, we need faith to overcome false prejudices like the sun revolving around the earth.

There are two different types of beliefs in us: Social and Personal-one. While the former is a form of self-expression outwardly, the latter is the courage to face fears from within. And the people who do creative work are those who have sensitive and vulnerable minds.

When I was in college, my drawing class was full of students from all the fine arts majors: graphics…


DESIGN

To know where and what to start UI Design career.

Levels of User Interface Designer
Levels of User Interface Designer
Illustration by Storytale

I structured the Knowledge and Expertise of a User Interface Designer base on levels of creativity. To catch up on this story better, please read my previous article: 5 levels of creativity.

To be able to design a complete product, UI Designer also needs to coordinate with UX Designer. But because the nature of the two positions is quite different, so in this article, I will only share the knowledge around UI Designer, hoping to provide useful information for those interested in this sector.

Firstly, it will be a huge advantage for those who have a Graphic Designer background when…


MINDSET

It’s not about taking more work, it’s about quitting bad habits.

6 habits I gave up in my 21,000-hour design journey
6 habits I gave up in my 21,000-hour design journey
Illustration by Storytale

I have designed for more than 21 thousand hours.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”, he wrote that the 10,000-hour rule was the key to success in any field.

He also explained that practice was not a sufficient condition for success. A study by Princeton University in 2014 in different areas, found that practicing made only 12% of the difference, statistically.

This means “Hard-working is not enough”. In addition to practice, we also need other catalysts to grow.

So the 21-thousand-hours above cannot help me guarantee that I will be very successful in design one day. …


MINDSET

Is Albert Einstein right about that?

30 Years Old and The End of Creativity
30 Years Old and The End of Creativity
Illustration by Storytale

There is a widespread belief that 30 is the age limit for those who do creative work: People can only come up with great ideas when they are young. Once the 30s kick in, this ability gradually decreases, and they cannot generate ideas anymore. Even Albert Einstein said:

“A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so.”

I used to be haunted by this belief.

I started studying Design two years later than same-age friends, seeing no outstanding talents, and knowing the 30-year-old limit made me feel confused about…

Hoang Nguyen

Co-Founder and Product Design Coach at GEEK Up. Writing about Product Design, Creativity, and Personal Awareness. Site: https://hoang.moe/

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