I recently got to take a deeper look at Growth design. All the while learning about it, the one question I had in my mind was how would I go about instituting this at my company.

In this article, I have tried to come up with a change management plan to advocate for having a growth design team.

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A person in the spotlight holding a laptop, surrounded by various data points and trying to explain something
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Planning helps you to determine timelines, ascertain that you are moving in the right direction, avoid unexpected interactions/interruptions, and make sure the whole process goes smoothly.

For this plan, I have looked at the vision, the reason for the change, main stakeholders…


Learnings from being a part of a growth design study group.

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A 3D bar chart with a person sitting on the tallest bar and waving to others
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I just finished being part of a study group on growth design with Lex Roman and the growth designers community. In this article, I wanted to share some of my takeaways and what are some key differences between Growth Design and Product Design.

Before joining this study group, I was reading about Growth Design in an article and thought this is kind of what I already do. I design to make sure we are solving a problem. I experiment and research to identify the best way to solve the problem. I design to make an impact. I try to measure…


With the growing amount of information around us, it’s becoming harder and harder to even remember what we did yesterday. We are surely not growing by overthinking things but by reflecting on a few key instances from the day and thinking about how we can improve the situation when it happens the next time.

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As more and more people started talking about journaling on the internet, it got me curious as to what all the fuss is about. With all this in mind, I decided to dive deeper into this topic.

Till now, I had thought of journaling as a…


Learnings and Reflections from the daily UI challenge.

Daily UI 100: Redesign the Daily UI landing page

During the last few days of Mar 2020, the pandemic had caused each one of us to stay at home. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to start with the Daily UI challenge and work on my UI skills.

I started this challenge way back in 2016 but ended up acting on the first 3 prompts. I had realized that it required a significant investment of time that I couldn’t afford along with my master’s studies. …


If you are a designer and do anything related to UI, you need to read Refactoring UI. It is a great ebook with a lot of practical tips to take your designs to the next level.

I finished reading it and can honestly say that the tips make so much sense. They can be used by anyone at any level.

Another thing I found useful is the explanations for some of the things that designers do without realizing and why they actually work. For eg. Why do elements with drop shadows appear clickable? …


When I search for User Interface (UI) research articles on Google, all the results pertain to User experience (UX) research, which according to me is very different from UI research.

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A woman trying to sketch designs on a half filled white paper.
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First, let's understand the difference between UI and UX?

  • User Interface(UI) comprises the elements that you see on an interface and can interact with. It includes web components such as text fields, buttons, menus, cards, etc.
  • User Experience (UX) is the experience of using a product or a service. It is the aspect of how a user feels after using a product. It can be both digital or physical, for eg. …


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I recently stumbled onto this topic while browsing through my social media feed. Being a compulsive overthinker, I was curious to know more about it and what can I do to stop it.

I did some research and even gave my Toastmaster’s speech on it. It was so well-received that I decided to convert it into a medium article for everyone to take something away.

Human beings have been gifted with an extraordinary brain that we have utilized over the centuries to do some remarkable things. We have written literature, invented things, and have even reached the moon.

We need…


Designers share learnings from a 2-year long product design career

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This article is part of the series (5/5) in which I asked a bunch of designers their learnings from a 2-year long product design career. If you haven’t read the intro article, you can check it out here.

Question: What should people reach out to you for?

Kenji Kaneko: Product Designer at Duo Security

Ask about my work, Collaborate on a side project, Talk about design in general, Guidance on specific issues, Fleshing out their ideas, Portfolio review, Accountability buddy, Interview Prep

Deepak Krishnan: UX Designer at SAP

Ask about my work, Collaborate on a side project, Talk about design in general, Guidance on specific issues, Fleshing out their ideas, Asking to…


Designers share learnings from a 2-year long product design career

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This article is part of the series (4/5) in which I asked a bunch of designers their learnings from a 2-year long product design career. If you haven’t read the intro article, you can check it out here.

Question: Please share some resources (communities, blogs, or specific designers) that you use to keep yourself updated about product design?

Kenji Kaneko: Product designer at Duo Security

Refactoring UI, Learn UI Design, UX Design Newsletter by Kenny Chen, Behavioral Scientist newsletter.

Deepak Krishnan: UX designer at SAP San Ramon, Oakland, CA

UXdesign.cc, medium. There are so many websites I’m not going to mention more. Network with designers at other companies.

Nathan Magyar: UX Designer at the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation

I usually just find random Medium articles. I don’t have anything specific to share here, sorry.

Raymond Su: UX Designer at Telenav

N/A

Raden Tonev: UX Designer at Microsoft

Sidebar email…


Designers share learnings from a 2-year long product design career

Credits: absurd.design

This article is part of the series (3/5) in which I asked a bunch of designers their learnings from a 2-year long product design career. If you haven’t read the intro article, you can check it out here.

Question: What is 1 UX skill/course from the University of Michigan that translates directly into your work?

Kenji Kaneko: Product designer at Duo Security

I guess SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation. But TBH I found courses that I engaged with outside of UMSI to be more helpful.

Deepak Krishnan: UX designer at SAP San Ramon, Oakland, CA

What I learned in SI 606: Personal Informatics Design was highly useful in my career — especially in presenting my design and why it is so useful

Nathan Magyar: UX Designer at the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation

Jatin Gupta

Indian living in Virginia. http://jatingupta.co. Quote: Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

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