6 essential books on UX design for people in a hurry.

UX is one of the fastest growing career paths in the tech industry and thousands of aspiring designers are gobbling up the essential UX booklist. Many of these books have invaluable information but it’s hidden amidst pages and pages of personal anecdotes and outdated examples (I’m looking at you, Steve Krug). Maybe it’s the coffee talking, but who’s got time for that?

I’ve put together this ultra-quick (and somewhat cheeky) list of haiku summaries of essential UX texts for your reading pleasure. …


5 simple ways to be unforgettable.

Two women drinking beer and laughing.
Two women drinking beer and laughing.
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We all want to be magnetic, but how do you effortlessly win over a room while still being your authentic self? As it turns out, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure you’re likable in just about any situation. Read on to learn the 5 pillars of likability and how to use them.

1. Have an unconventional vocabulary.

The problem is, when it comes to trying to impress people with words, people often conflate “more complex” with “more interesting”, but this is not always the case. Sure, if you’re trying to impress a posse…


5 visual art skills that translate to web design.

Paintbrushes in a jar in front of an abstract painting.
Paintbrushes in a jar in front of an abstract painting.

In an over-saturated and under-paid market, many fine and visual artists are turning to adjacent industries, such as digital and web design, to make their career. Individuals may be tempted by well-paying, stable jobs in an otherwise uncertain market, or perhaps simply by the desire to be a part of the changing ways in which people live and experience their lives.

Many of those looking to jump ship into the world of tech are those who have studied or practiced fine arts. I, myself, fall into this group. …


5 steps to keep motivated and maximize effort to get through your book list.

Hand holding book stack.
Hand holding book stack.

Are you still reading the old-fashioned way? We all want to be well-read, but how do you get through a book list that’s a mile long without making it your full-time job? The bad news is most people can’t spend hours of every day reading, but the good news is you don’t have to. It’s the 21st century baby; work smarter, not harder.

If it takes you weeks, or even months, to finish a book, this article is for you. If you find it hard to stay motivated and consistent in your reading habits, this article is for you. …

Isabella Merjanian

Isabella is a UX Researcher and Designer, an avid hiker, and an insatiable reader. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

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