What to study if you’re interested in Product or UX Design.

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Honorable mentions


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Veteran product designer explains why this is a good thing

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A sketch of a USB Type-A plug
Guaranteeing you’ll be wrong half the time. Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain


Sharing thoughts on staying true to our principles and vision.

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A semi-abstract image of geese flying, with one going off in a different dirction


How I applied semi-technical solutions to human problems.

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An abstract design featuring the Slack app icon and other colors, shapes and patterns
  1. Each squad benefits from a dedicated design resource who has deep knowledge of the product and team dynamic
  2. Designers are involved from project inception through launch and beyond, affording them an informed voice in all aspects of the work


The dualistic mindset that can prevent catastrophic design decisions.

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An illustration of two skulls facing each other, each surrounded by an orange and blue circle


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A toothpick with crosshairs

What product designers can learn from 0.1 grams of wood

Self-evident

Reliable


Where I spend my time designing, writing, and being productive

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A primer for those who work with designers, as well as designers themselves.

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About

Michael McWatters

Director, Product Design at HBO Max, formerly TED. Writer everywhere. Autism dad always. Better after a nap.

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