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9 Ways Projects Will Make You Love Learning Design

UX Design

Careers

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When I decided to get serious about learning design a couple of years ago, one problem I definitely didn’t have was a lack of information. However, my experience of learning design changed when I started working on projects — small-scale design briefs that allowed me to learn new skills incrementally by challenging me to solve specific problems.... Read more

What Is Designlab’s Mission?

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Product Updates

Harish Venkatesan co-founded Designlab in 2012. In the past year, the company has begun to scale up – expanding its core staff from 3 to 12, growing its mentor base to 400 designers, and serving over a thousand students around the world in 2016. I talked to Harish about what motivated him to start Designlab, the mission and values that drive the company’s work today, and where he sees the future of design education... Read more

UX Academy — Introducing the Gray Cohort

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UX Academy

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy cohorts is named after someone that inspires us. October’s intake takes the name of Eileen Gray, a prolific twentieth-century designer who was forgotten for much of her career but has achieved widespread recognition in the decades following her death.... Read more

UX Academy — Introducing the Fuller Cohort

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Product Updates

UX Academy

Paige Saez here, Creative Director of Designlab, with an update about recent developments in the UX Academy community. In amongst many larger developments, we’ve also begun to focus on the smaller, more experientially significant process changes too. One of these small but significant changes is the names we give to our UX Academy cohorts.... Read more

Upcoming Updates to Group Hangouts

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Product Updates

UX Academy

In this post, we’ll outline how we applied the design thinking process to Hangouts in UX Academy — how we analyzed the strengths and weaknesses, our findings, and the resulting updates that will be coming soon.... Read more

Meet Designlab Mentor Patrick Multani

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Mentor

It was curiosity - and potentially the promise of a new computer - that initially drew Patrick Multani to design... but it hasn’t been products that have kept him interested in the field. Instead, it’s the opposite. Patrick loves how design can inspire ideas and create change. He’s working to help rethink and shape the future of education - and serving as a mentor and community lead with Designlab is part of his journey. ... Read more

Meet Marko, the self-taught freelancer

UX Design

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When Marko Vuletič was a teenager in Slovenia, he made a promise to himself – he would never be average. This decision made over a decade ago has shaped and transformed how Marko has approached his career, from dropping out of college to deciding to specialize as a designer. ... Read more

Designlab Course Interview: The Power of Mentors During a Career Switch

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Kacy is a veteran of three Designlab’s courses - Design 101, UX Research, UX Academy - and her investment in learning a new skill has paid off. She says, “As cliche as it sounds, Designlab truly changed my life. It helped me rediscover my passion for art and has put me on a path to UX design that I couldn’t be more excited for!” ... Read more

Designlab Product Updates: Improving Process and Workflow

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Product Updates

Since Christmas we’ve been working hard on creating a clearer workflow process for students projects.... Read more

Designlab Course Review: Engineer Alicia Jackson Gets Creative

UX Design

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As an engineer, Alicia Jackson’s day-to-day design experience was mostly technical drawings and blueprints over typography and color palettes. But, she says, “I’ve always had a love of designing more creatively.” For the past 10 years she worked on her graphic design skills and developed her talent into creating invitations, flyers, and web designs. So why would Alicia choose to take a design course after her success with self-study? She says, “Although I heard many good things about my work and have done some independent study, it was not until taking Design 101 that I really got a chance to work with someone that is a professional in the industry.” Read on to hear more about Alicia’s experience as a Design 101 student and first-time online learner.... Read more

Mentor Profile: Ryan Brock Helps Kickstart Your Design Career

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Designlab

“One of the biggest problems I see with people who want to get into design is they think it’s much harder than it actually is. It’s a career that you can try really easily without taking a big risk,” says Designlab mentor Ryan Brock. And Ryan should know. His own journey as a designer has been filled with trying, exploring, and doing.... Read more

Founders Learning Design: Sandi MacPherson, Quibb

Startups

Designlab

As design becomes an increasingly crucial part of the DNA of tech startups, we see a lot of product-focused founders thinking about whether they should learn some UI/UX skills. We were excited when the founder of one of our favorite products, a news-sharing site for professionals called Quibb, took our Design 101 course on Designlab. We took a few minutes to chat with Sandi... Read more

Feature Update: A better way to keep track of your 1-on-1 sessions

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One of the many things we’ve learned while running courses on Designlab is the importance of 1-on-1 sessions. Students repeatedly tell us that speaking with their mentor is the most valuable (and enriching) part of the Designlab experience. So, we’ve been committed to making it as easy as possible to set up & coordinate these sessions for all parties involved.... Read more

Student Stories: Dalton Mitchell, Programmer

Careers

Designlab

Dalton Mitchell is a programming extraordinaire and former Designlab student. We sat down with Dalton to chat about his aspirations, artistry, and pursuits in design.... Read more

Unmasking Myths of Creativity

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Creativity

Creativity is a defining feature of what it means to be human. Yet modern concepts of creative people—and the process of creativity—remain off-kilter because of popular myths. Why is something so important to human nature so frequently misunderstood?... Read more

How to Design a Great Landing Page

Visual Design

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Landing pages. The chance to make a great first impression on a visitor to your site. Done right, a good landing page can have a multiplier effect on your user acquisition strategies and convert all your visitors into registered users/emails; done poorly, a bad landing page can cause your efforts to fall flat... Read more

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