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This is the average design leader’s salary in 2021

With remote work’s rise over the past year, companies can now recruit design talent from anywhere in the world. This monumental shift in hiring norms raises novel questions: Do companies pay enough to compete for talent in a global market? Do companies compensate their best design leaders well enough to stay? Based upon feedback from the Design Leadership...

How to rapidly test any experience

Let me guess: If you work in UX, you probably heard this sentence before: “We don’t have time to test the ___ (insert: copy, user flow, design, feature, etc.) right now; we’ll just release it and see what our customers say.” Developers build products faster than ever, and designers are expected to keep pace. While designers intrinsically understand...

Everything you need to know about mind mapping creation

It’s 1994. You’re watching Saturday morning television. Your eyes grow wide as the magician on screen stares at a bowl, squinting her eyes. The bowl starts shaking. The music intensifies, then boom! It elevates a few feet above the ground. While this may be the most exciting example of “mind control” from your childhood, you probably learned more mind...

How to manage user interviews in real time with a virtual whiteboard

Historically, many companies staunchly believed that user interviews needed to be completed in person. But that changed when COVID-19 hit and product team members, like Julia Fabiszewski, a product owner in commercial fleet financing, had to figure out how to interview users remotely for the first time. To smooth the transition, Julia and her team took...

How to increase your team’s productivity when stakes are high

The speed at which the global healthcare industry moves is under a microscope these days. For almost a year now, you’ve gotten daily (sometimes hourly) updates on COVID-19 case volumes, breakthroughs in treatment, and vaccine rollouts. You’ve educated yourself on mRNA and spike proteins—spending hours researching the ins and outs of a virus that has...

5 simple strategies to make your next remote retrospective more engaging

A retrospective, in plain terms, is looking back. Thumb through any self-improvement book and you’ll likely find the concept positioned as the trick to successfully moving forward. Born from mindfulness, retrospectives are woven into our human DNA. So, why wouldn’t we expand this reflect-to-improve exercise to our teams? Finding better ways to remotely...

Women have always been pivotal to design history–but here’s how they’re continually erased

Inside Design will commemorate the year’s cultural moments and holidays through the theme of ‘Looking Back for a More Inclusive Future.’ Each month, we will explore the intersection of design and history through commissioned illustrations and articles. In celebration of Women’s History Month, editor Liz Steelman discusses how women are erased from design...

3 problems you’ll face in your second year of remote work (and how to solve them)

As the coronavirus swept across the globe, businesses told employees to work from home and help slow the virus’s spread. If that sudden, haphazard switch introduced you to remote work, remember the murky arrangement: Would you return to the office in a week? A month? Ever again? The coronavirus has been with us for nearly a year and remote work is...

How Netflix inclusively designs at scale for their 200M subscriber audience

Netflix serves more than 200 million subscribers. Creating an exceptional viewing experience for that many people is a solid design task in itself. But add in the fact that subscribers not only lie across different geographies, but cultures as well, and the task turns herculean. The key to good design at scale in this case? The right team. Steve Johnson,...

New: An updated Freehand that’ll help you work faster

No project takes a perfectly linear path. Today’s work requires revisions, feedback, and flexibility to get to its final destination. Using rigid tools (word documents, slides, screen design tools, etc) for a fluid process usually means a more difficult and less productive experience for everyone. To get free-flowing collaboration, you need tools built...

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