Staying alive is not a soft skill

The reason I resonate with Mike is because we share of couple of common sense principles and, beyond the design professional point of his presentations, the message successfully touches other professionals and becomes inspiration if not guideline on how to deal with life’s challenges.

I may be developing a mentor like admiration for Mike: he’s got the talent to kick you right in the ass, make you feel bad about what you do and how you do it, and then roughly but surely build you back up, leaving you content about your trade and yourself ultimately, yet inspired to ask for more, grow and do better.

This one is mainly about selling your work and yourself as a professional. Presentation is at least as important as the actual work. Focusing on delivering the best work possible is not enough.The things most of us never heard during school.

“They are releasing designers into the wild who don’t know how to earn a living. Staying alive is not a soft skill.”

Bonus tracks:

13 Ways Designers Screw Up Client Presentations


Do you consider it as a extra you don’t really need ? After all, you were able to make it until now, right? Is this UX thing really worth it? Neah, don’t invest in creating a great user experience!

But … at least peek at you may be mising.

The following is a classic for those interested in their return on investment if they plan to introduce user experience design in their software development process, enjoy!

And after watching it, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to knock.

May the 4th be with you!

How designers destroyed the world

Nope, this might not be an original bit but I find it so relevant and powerful that I had to share it in its original form. Take some time to let it sink in.

Mike Monteiro makes a compelling case regarding your responsibility as a designer towards your end users, beyond what they might expect. It pertains to professional ethics and imho, it’s one that everyone regardless of discipline, should watch. Closely.

“You are directly responsible for what you put into the world. Yet every day designers all over the world work on projects without giving any thought or consideration to the impact that work has on the world around them. This needs to change.”


The WHY factor

It often happens that the solution you want implemented only manages to suppress the symptoms of a deeper pain.

Allow me to find out more about that pain and cure it properly. That’s my two sentence pitch.

But how do you find that damn “deeper pain” ? Things happen for a reason (or more), you just need to ask WHY.

You don’t need to hire me or another professional to ask the 5 WHYs.

Hell no, you can do it yourself! Here’s how:

This started as a pretty long article but upon reviewing the end papyrus, I thought I should focus on the essence: don’t treat the symptoms of the cold, treat the cause and take better care of yourself. And the product or service that you sell. 

Ask Why more often and a usability angel will receive its wings. And spare you some expenses.