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Project Management for UX Designers

UX Project Management – ew, or yay? Which camp are you in? For some people, the mere thought of keeping a budget and schedule makes their skin crawl. For others it’s a Godsend. As a UX/UI designer, you’re probably working with a PM right now. If not, perhaps you wish you were. Either way, it’s […]

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My Top 10 Productivity Tools

Productivity tools are my secret sauce for running a profitable UX consulting business. Besides day-to-day client work, I’m also a busy mom. If you have kids or other responsibilities outside of work, I’m sure this sounds familiar. While I haven’t worked full-time in years, I’ve managed to earn a full-time income with the help of […]

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Airplane Mode

The internet is a fantastic tool and technology continues to accelerate, but these days there’s just too much input and not enough output. So how do you get your most important tasks completed? How can you process everything that comes in? Do you really have to? Just because someone calls, sends you an email or […]

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5 Steps To Help You Manage Multiple UX Projects

When you’re booked solid things can get pretty crazy. Whether you’re a freelancer or an employee, here are 5 steps to help you juggle your workload when things get super busy. 1. Prioritize, and Prioritize Again Things move pretty fast when you’re on a deadline. Client A may need revisions in the morning, while you […]

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Do The Hard Stuff First

Last month I attended the Ugurus 10k Denver event. It’s a mastermind group of digital agency owners I joined last year. We meet in person annually and twice monthly online to help each other grow and learn. My mentor, Jonathan Hinshaw, gave an excellent presentation on getting things done that really stuck with me. He said, “Do […]

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Increase Productivity With A Portable Whiteboard

How many times have you found yourself in a conference room with a whiteboard but no markers? Or if there are markers they are completely dried out and useless? Yep, been there, done that. Enter The Portable Whiteboard Like most UX designers, I do a lot of interface sketching, and most of it is collaborative in nature. As […]

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