Answering questions from readers about design, freelancing, building skills, switching careers, and anything else that makes you scratch your mind.
🔥 Campfire 33: Two important input controls are radio buttons and drop-down menus. Both can be used interchangeably when user input is required.
Campfire 32: Data is meaningless unless it can be visualized and acted upon. The success of future industries will be a combination of advanced data collection and improved user experience, and the data table will represent a large portion of this user experience.
🔥 Campfire 31: Content cards are a popular way to organize content in app design. Cards allow users to browse high-level information while consuming samples before clicking on the card to get the full details.
🔥 Campfire 30: Regardless of your education, you must understand the fundamentals of the field. These books will provide you with that solid foundation, allowing you to think differently about design and inspire your next design project.
🔥 Campfire 29: Learning to code is invaluable if you want to be an outstanding designer. You start thinking about problem-solving in new and abstract ways.
As I’m starting my freelancing business, how do I show my clients that I’m an expert? Ideally, I don’t have to tell it verbally.
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Great designers use questions to identify opportunities, reveal underlying needs, and understand user context to help teams and stakeholders make better decisions.
As product designers, we’re all familiar with white space. The term is directly associated with design, but I was wondering why don’t we apply such design principles to our own lives?
As a freelancer, it's your job to define your target audience rather than allowing it to define yourself. Then, once you've identified your target audience, you go after them, track them down, and persuade them that you're the ideal designer for them to work with.