What does design mean to you?

Problem solving. Iteration. Persistence. Empathy. Humanity.

What is the difference between a good and great designer?

Good designers create simplicity, great designers habitually question the necessity of every element and eliminate the unnecessary.

Good designers drive inspiration from online resources, great designers can drive inspiration from everywhere- whether it is a walk in the forest or from a conversation with a stranger.

Good designers compete with other designers, great designers compete with themselves.

Good designers spend their time trying to be someone, great designers spend their time trying to do something.

Great designers get married to the problem, not the solution.

How do you plan a project?

1. Interview Stakeholders

2. Research

3. Create a clear problem statement with the team

4. Prioritize problems and features based on user and business needs

5. Build - Measure - Learn

What is the relationship between UX and visual design?

UX Designers focus on product strategy, information architecture, usability and accessibility. They make sure a website, app, or product's functionality is easy to use and intuitive .

Visual designers are responsible for the “look and feel” of a website, app, or product. They’re the ones who add colors, pair typefaces, and set layouts. They bring the design to life and give it a personality. 

What makes for the best collaboration between designers and developers?

I believe the best collaboration between designers and developers is when we are communicating through every stage of the project. When collaboration extends before and after the handoff from design to development. 

Seeking developer feedback at the earliest stages of the project creates efficiencies in the design process. 

What tools do you use? 

Post it for organizing research via affinity diagrams.

Pen and paper for ideation and initial planning.

Sketch is my primary tool for wireframing, prototyping, visual design. This tool allows me to go from low fidelity to high fidelity mockups

Invision for prototyping macro interactions.

Flinto for prototyping micro interactions

Google Sheets for organizing information architecture, and UX writing.

Google Drive for collaboration and sharing information with the team

What design blogs do you recommend?

Here is a list of my favourite UX blogs and resources categorised by the type of content they contain:

UX Design Blogs & Resources