Jamal Nichols

The Three Types Of Designer: Carpenter, Artist and Entrepreneur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvZtqtkzIFA Design is a squishy term that means different things to different people and has meant different things throughout time. Therefore, the field of design has attracted many people with very different skillsets who are all grouped under the same umbrella of “design”. I’ve noticed three broad groups of designers throughout my career: Carpenter, Artist, …

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The Type of Person That Succeeds At Freelancing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K51EK5SkBI Only a certain type of person succeeds at freelancing. If you’re not that type of person, don’t do it. Here’s what I discovered what makes a freelance designer successful. People who succeed as freelance designers…. Have more drive than the average person All my life, the only thing I ever wanted was a steady, …

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27 Designers Worth Listening To (incl. 11 You’ve Never Heard Of)

It’s very, very important that you learn from the right people. Learning from the wrong people can instill bad habits that are tough to break once they are formed. There’s two big problems with most of the design communication on the internet right now: inexperience and pretentiousness. Inexperienced designers talk too much and don’t listen …

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No one cares as much about your designs as you do

Early in my career, I was really busy trying to learn the tools of the trade. I was obsessed with color combinations, animations, gradients, and typefaces. I’d get incredibly excited when I created a cool-looking new design or learned a new way to build something in Photoshop. This excitement would inevitably turn into frustration when …

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How To Choose The Right Platform To Build Your UX Portfolio Site On

Ah yes, your portfolio site — your final piece of work to demonstrate that you are now a part of the community of UX designers. You’re close to completing it, and now you are wondering: what’s the best website platform to showcase it on? Why the platform you choose matters The platform you choose to …

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Simple ways to get clients and stakeholders to approve your designs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIyxs0QL-ZQ “Client: Shouldn’t these additional tasks have all been covered at the start of the project?  Me: Yes, if you had told us about them. You gave us many new tasks during the project and we dealt with each one as they came. We had to work weekends. Client: But how did you not know about them? Me: How …

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The brutal truth about freelancing as a designer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnGp8-MCBI8 Freelancing is a topic that junior designers frequently ask me about. They hear a lot of jazz about being location independent and working around the world as a “Digital Nomad”. In this article, we’re going to cover what it’s really like to work as an independent designer. The upsides of freelancing:   More job …

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The Ultimate List Of UI Design Tools You Actually Need (December 2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqGxYZKTTw0 One of the top questions I get when I’m mentoring students is “What Tools should I use? Sketch? Photoshop? What about Adobe XD?” (They always ask about Adobe XD) TL;DR: Use Sketch for low and medium fidelity work, and Principle for high fidelity work. InVision will soon be obsolete. Pay close attention to Figma …

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