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UX: Avoid Staying In A State Of Unknown For Too Long

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On 20, Jun 2017 | No Comments | In Career, Design, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

At the start of June, I spent 8.5 hours trapped in a toilet room, overnight, with a cat, in Paris. Very long story and I’m sure you have so many questions. So I published the story on Medium in case you want to hear what actually happened.

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Why You Need To Be Selective When Pursuing Your Ideas

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On 14, Jun 2017 | No Comments | In Career, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

One of the hardest things to do is know when to execute on an idea. If you haven’t launched your product or idea yet, then my best advice to you is to just launch it. Stop debating the details. Stop worrying. Stop overthinking it. Just get your idea out there because you can’t test and measure an idea that you haven’t launched yet.

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Why A Redesign Is Not Going To Solve All Your Problems

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Recently I’ve been doing some UX coaching with companies. For these companies, they have their own internal UX designer or team, but they know that they are stuck in the weeds. So, they look to me to be that second set of eyes and coach them on how they can move faster, see what they’re missing, and make smarter product decisions.

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User Research: Talk To Real People. You Are Not The User.

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On 23, May 2017 | No Comments | In Business, Career, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

As a UX designer, I love finally having my own products, such as my newsletter, notebooks, and my research course. Having my own products allows me to always be testing. It allows me to put into practice what I preach because I easily get lost in the details. See, even experienced people like me get stuck in the weeds sometimes. That’s why I love doing quick research to get a reality check and help me make a quick decision.

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The Power Of A Small And Well Focused Tribe In Your Career

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On 16, May 2017 | No Comments | In Business, Career, Teams | By Sarah Doody

At the beginning of May I was in Toronto, Canada to run my second marathon. I wasn’t sure what to expect because the NYC marathon has 50,000 runners and this one only had 1,500.

To be honest, I was a bit concerned that it’d be really lonely because with that few runners, I thought I’d end up alone in spots and lose motivation. Well, Toronto proved me wrong.

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Inspiration In Design; First Justify If It’s Right For Your Product

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On 11, May 2017 | No Comments | In Design, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

Earlier this week I needed to get the link to a 2011 article of mine about storytelling in UX. So I Googled a few words of it and I noticed one of the results was from LinkedIn.

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Why Risks Are Critical To Product Development In UX

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On 04, May 2017 | No Comments | In Career, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

When was the last time you took a risk?

I’ve taken a few risks lately … I submitted a talk proposal to a conference, I sent an email I’d been procrastinating about, and I’m changing a few big things in my business. And how could I forget, I’m running a marathon next weekend!

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Why You Need To Fake It Until You Make It In UX

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I spent almost 4 years living in Portland, Oregon at the beginning of my career. I was young and was fortunate to be hired by a big software company there, so I worked full time and finished school full time. It was a ton of work! But it was awesome to be getting real world experience while I was getting my degree.

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Why Designers Must Be Problem Spotters

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On 18, Apr 2017 | No Comments | In Design, Life, Travel | By Sarah Doody

Last week I was in Florida and my flight back was on a horrible travel day. Storms had closed Atlanta airport for a long time. This meant that my flight was overbooked and so the boarding process was quite competitive as everyone tried to get overhead bin space before it all filled up.

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Don’t Get Paralyzed By Your Goals, Launch Something Small

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On 05, Apr 2017 | 3 Comments | In Career, Design, User Experience | By Sarah Doody

Welcome to the last day of Q1 2017! At the beginning of the year, I encouraged you to set monthly goals. It’s easy to get distracted when you have a big grand vision in mind. I know I easily get paralyzed by the big picture. I see the vision, but then I get overwhelmed with all the different paths I could take to get there.

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