Express Your Designer Self through Writing

Recently, I gave a presentation to a group of 100 designers on how to get started in writing and keep it up.

In this presentation, I shared my stories – why I started writing, some tips on what to write, how to write it, where to publish, as well as how writing can help with them to become better communicators at work.

My audience was Chinese designers in North America, so I delivered the presentation in Chinese. The slides were in English though. Check out the recording.

The Two Focus Modes to Boost Productivity and Creativity

My notes from a really interesting book “Hyperfocus”: The “Hyperfocus” mode helps you manage attention and become more productive; The “Scatterfocus” mode helps you intentionally wander and become more creative. Check out my write-up in Chinese 《视觉笔记 • 提升个人生产力和创造力的两种聚焦模式》.

From Fear to Courage: It May Only Take a Little Imagination


It’s amazing how a little bit of imagination can make a big difference in our lives. When we imagine ourselves as stronger, better versions of ourselves, it gives us the courage and motivation to take on new challenges that we might have otherwise been too scared to face. Some people can do this on their own, while others need a supportive environment that encourages them to take risks and try new things.

I know firsthand how important it is to be in a supportive environment. In my personal and professional life, I have faced many challenges, and there were times when I felt like giving up. But with the help of others who believed in me, I was able to push through and overcome my doubts.

Now, I strive to create that same kind of supportive environment for others. When I see someone struggling, I offer them encouragement and guidance, so that they too can imagine themselves as stronger, better versions of themselves. And when I see them succeed, it gives me a sense of pride and fulfillment, knowing that I played a small part in their journey.

How to Earn Trust as a New UX Designer


As a UX designer, every time you start working for a new company, or a new team, you need to earn trust from your manager and peers, by answering the following questions:

  • What could you bring us as a UX designer?
  • Do you have knowledge or expertise in this field (that the product belongs to), and why are you capable of leading the design directions?
  • What are your work styles?

Check out my write-up in Chinese《初来乍到,设计师如何在产品团队中拉高信任值》.