OPINION

Self-help says it’s the inner fire, but do we understand what it’s?

How to continue to love and design with the same initial passion through time
How to continue to love and design with the same initial passion through time
Art by Lilla Bardenova

How to continue to love and design with the same initial passion through time.

In other words, is the type of “life question” that is hard to find one true answer for all. However, if we share our experience, it might help others from a different angle.

Therefore, this is not a self-help article that would assist the readers in figuring out an answer to the above question. These are the thoughts of those who are still asking themselves daily:

From the scientific aspect, what do…


DESIGN

if I learned these six things in Design school

I could be a Senior Designer earlier
I could be a Senior Designer earlier
Illustration by Storytale

Going to a design university is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I have met inspirational instructors, great friends, good memories, and I have learned various things, which lays a solid foundation for my future work.

After graduating from college in Graphic Design, I chose a different path from what I had learned to become a UX/UI Designer.

I tried to manage in a new field with new domain knowledge and tried to self-learn new abilities. …


OPINION

Research says It’s good to give up and also good not to give up

Design is hard; sometimes, I want to give up
Design is hard; sometimes, I want to give up
Photo by Edho Pratama on Unsplash

Design is hard; sometimes, I want to give up.

It’s hard because we have to make choices of design solutions based on a lot of assumptions. We have to convenience stakeholders based on psychology knowledge, which people still concern.

Moreover, feedback from stakeholders sometimes is just their feelings, senses, and beliefs. If we don’t acquire people skills and learn how to get , it will be a nightmare for designers.

But and keep counting. …


OPINION

Sometimes it can become a traumatic experience for both parties: giver and receiver.

Getting quality feedback is not hard that much
Getting quality feedback is not hard that much
Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

The day that a 1st design option receives approval is always the actual peaceful day on the Earth.

It must be a common joke of Designers, showing how apprehensive they are when receiving Feedback on our designs. There are many reasons to create that apprehension, the most evident are our ego and self-esteem, which are so vulnerable to prevent us from receiving Feedback.

The books by two authors: Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen, describe three groups of reasons that obstruct Feedback:


MINDSET

I have been observing every senior I know for 9 years, and here is their portrait.

A Portrait of Senior in Every Industry
A Portrait of Senior in Every Industry
Photo by Ben Rosett on Unsplash

The term “senior” refers to people with high experience, knowledge, and expertise over many years of work. Typically, we will have to go through stages such as Intern, Fresher, and Junior — the challenges at these stages will help raise the capacity and level to begin having outstanding performance.

After a certain amount of time in the organization, you would achieve the senior title. This stage varies depending on qualifications, position, and company, but on average, at least 05 years of experience is required. …


MINDSET

Creativity is an ability that you can develop.

Illustration by Storytale

There is a misunderstanding that only people working in creative fields, including art, design, film, advertising, etc., need to be creative. And creativity is an ability that only these people above have and need to improve at all times.

Creativity — is essential to everyone.

Naturally, we were born to create, and it is truly a survival skill. Creativity enables us to resolve problems, fulfill needs, and make both material and spiritual values.

  • In retail, Creative can be about finding a way to make the product more eye-catching.
  • In business, Creativity can be about finding ways to adapt to the…


DESIGN

Designs create emotions at the Behavioral level (with examples).

9 Psychological rules I used to keep users engaged with my design
9 Psychological rules I used to keep users engaged with my design
Illustration by Storytale

, people develop emotions with an object on three levels: visceral (intrinsic), behavioral (behavior), and reflective (reflection). In case you missed my previous article about the Visceral level, .


OPINION

How to Enjoy every Moment You’re Sad
How to Enjoy every Moment You’re Sad
Illustration by Storytale

I used to cry at the kitchen table of Grandma’s house unconsciously. I was eating in a hurry, then looking at the garden and seeing my grandma’s drying clothes; my tears kept falling without knowing it.

Because that morning, my grandmother passed away.

It was the first time I knew the sadness when a cherished one passed away, the most terrible feeling I had to experience.

That sadness persisted for a long time after that, and I used to think sadness was ugly!

In modern culture, sadness is often not taken seriously. Advertising, marketing, media…


A list of our six most common unreasonable fears

It’s okay if you have these Fears, but Don’t let them slow you down
It’s okay if you have these Fears, but Don’t let them slow you down
Photo by Julius Drost on Unsplash

Have you ever feared death?

I first experienced the fear of death when I was an eight-year-old boy, and my mother worked far away from home. There was a movie about the devil at that time that was too much for a child’s mind, especially when the night came and I had to sleep alone. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw the prospect of monsters creeping into bed and taking me away.

I couldn’t sleep; I cried a lot and wrote: “I miss you, Mom” over papers as an attempt to trick my mind into falling asleep.

Then…

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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