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XD Design Interviews
October 11, 2017 / UX/UI Design

From Architecture to UX Design: Shopify Design Lead Will MacIvor Shares His Career Journey

Will MacIvor is currently a Design Lead at Shopify, and his path to getting there has been a winding one. In conversation, MacIvor shared his experiences and advice on UX and beyond.

September 20, 2017 / UX/UI Design

Chatbots for Change: Connecting Vulnerable People to Services

Michael-Owen Liston is a designer with a diverse background, having worked as a musician and in social services prior to his career in interaction design and UX. While completing his masters of interaction design at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Liston became interested in the potential of using chatbots to help people who are underserved.

XD Career
September 14, 2017 / UX/UI Design

From Graphic Designer to UX Designer: Dale McRae on Making the Career Transition

Dale McRae started out in the print industry, eventually transitioning into digital design and UX. Since then, he has worked at agencies including Tribal DDB, Usability Matters, and as an in-house designer at Varagesale, and the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. McRae shares his journey into UX and advice for people transitioning.

XD Behind the Design
September 6, 2017 / UX/UI Design

Asking For Help in a Crisis: Improving the UX of The AFC Application

The AFC (formerly the Actors’ Fund of Canada) provides emergency financial assistance to entertainment industry professionals in need. The AFC had been using an ever-expanding version of an application form since around 2000, and over time had become cluttered and unwieldy.

XD Career
August 31, 2017 / UX/UI Design

Three Challenges That Come With Transitioning from Graphic to UX Design, and Tips to Overcome Them

Career transitions are not a walk in the park, and although graphic design and UX have many overlapping or transferrable skills, designers will face challenges along the course of this transition.

XD Best Practices
August 8, 2017 / UX/UI Design

What Every Graphic Designer Thinking About UX Should Know

At a foundational level, both Graphic Design and UX are about solving problems through design, and there are also some differences to note.