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In addition to being an amazing Product Designer, Alex has a rare ability to intersect the design’s interplay with product, business and technology. His blog provides universal advice helpful to grow a business, advance a career (applicable even if you are not a designer), and amplify positive impact and leadership.
At the beginning of my freelancing career, I took any projects I could get – from simple logos to building fully-fledged websites. I worked 80 hours a week, mostly without weekends, to please my clients and deliver the best possible results.
Finding the right people is extremely difficult. Not only is the market constrained, particularly for tech companies, but the unwritten rules for hiring are frequently incorrect.
Three questions product designers can ask themselves to evaluate if they're doing a great job.
Alex's blog and advices helped me to get my first job in UX field, and now helping to switch my understanding of all design field too. I'm pretty sure i will get more insights from Alex that will turn everything upside down, and I really appreciate that.
The insight Alex provided into the design industry - detailed steps on how to enter the field, how to present my work in a portfolio, a list of resources - was extremely valuable and helped me broaden my knowledge of digital design.
Alex is such a great mentor! I like how he challenged me when it came to improving my designs. He's always there to help and very knowledgeable of the industry, which allowed me to get a lot of insider info on what I was getting myself into.
Your offer is what you pitch to companies. Going to a prospective lead and saying, “I’ll design a landing page for you,” will not get you much business. You need to tell them what you’re going to do and why it will get results.
We don’t have time to learn about our actual users and maximize the chances of success. We're assuming that we know what they want and then wonder why the product fails at a later stage.
Selling your services as a product designer is a skill that most creatives don’t want to develop and usually see as a cringe-worthy task.
You don’t need a lot of followers to land your first client. Check out this step-by-step guide that helped me get clients without followers and grow my business to 6 figures.
Although switching careers is never easy, recognizing the areas where you have a head start can boost your confidence and how you present yourself when applying for your first design job.
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This will help me keep it a sustainable business and consistently write good content.