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Goal-setting for UX/UI designers

Goal-setting must be intentional and purposeful. In this article I’ll explain why we set goals, how to set up SMARTER goals, and how to stick the goals we’ve set.

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Tips & Advice

How to make your past skills relevant when moving into UX design

Many designers come to us thinking they are starting over to enter UX, but you can make your past skills relevant when moving into UX design UX in ATX hosted a discussion on how to make your past skills relevant when moving into UX design. The topics include how to make your past skills relevant, […]

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Standard Beagle Co-Founder to be Published

Standard Beagle Co-Founder and Creative Director Cindy Brummer is among the authors chosen for "97 Things Every UX Designer Should Know" from O'Reilly Media.

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Design
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How to improve designer to developer communication

Why designers and developers should talk more Designer-developer communication improves product team efficiency. When designers and developers spend more time communicating, it’s easier to keep constraints on top of mind. Designers can also improve their process to ensure the developer can easily understand their decisions and ultimately can create a frictionless experience. There was a […]

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Design
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How Figma streamlined our UX processes

Why we chose Figma It is important for companies to frequently reassess how they do things. One of the drawbacks of investing in new tools is the resources it takes to try out new software. Sometimes, a team may agree to try a new tool, but don’t necessarily take the time to learn. This can […]

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Musings

My 5 Strategies for Enjoying the Holidays and Minimizing Stress

Do the holidays stress you out? It seems like the countdown to Christmas starts earlier and earlier each year. For my family, we actually start looking ahead to the holidays when my son auditions for a role in The Nutcracker, which takes place in September. And some stores are putting out Christmas merchandise as early […]

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Social Media

What we learned at SXSW: Are you truly being authentic on social media?

  It is often said that our personal social media accounts are our highlight reels. “Unfiltered: Do Women need to get real on Instagram?” was a SXSW panel presented by Ashley Ford from Buzzfeed, Lori Leibovich of Time Inc/Real Simple, Stacey London (Style expert/TV personality, and Busy Phillips of Cougartown (TV actor). This panel covered […]

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Musings

Why you shouldn’t set New Year’s Resolutions

Here’s what I do instead I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. To me, they seem cliche. Everyone talks about them. Everyone sets them. And then, everyone breaks them within a couple of months. The problem with resolutions Here’s the thing — resolutions are easy to break because they are too big and not […]

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Musings

25 books to add to your 2018 reading list

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to set goals, and this year I have a big one. Fresh off my success at reading 40 books in 2017, I’ve set a goal to read 50 books. I am determined to keep up the reading habit. Need help getting in the reading habit? Check […]

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How growth mindset has enabled two tech leaders to evolve in the industry

Two technology leaders visited UT and told a packed audience that even with decades of experience, being open-minded has helped them evolve with the industry. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, and Robert Metcalfe, co-founder of the ethernet and university professor into an auditorium full of eager students and faculty spoke November 12. Both leaders in the […]

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Musings

5 Lessons I’ve Learned in the Past Year

You know how you go through a roller coaster ride, and then you get off, and your head is spinning? That’s how I’ve been feeling after the past year. In the past year, my role has changed dramatically at work, and my responsibilities as a manager have grown exponentially. Sometimes I feel like I’ve learned enough […]

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Tips & Advice
How to have more impact at work (but do less work)

How to have more impact at work (but do less work)

Managers who are struggling tend to fall into three different vicious cycles, but there is hope out of at least one of them, and it isn’t hard. At least that’s what I learned from Michael Bungay Stanier, who taught one of the Master Classes at the 2016 99U Conference. According to Stanier, author of The […]

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