University-of-Washington

It’s not a secret that UX is a booming field. Many people want to break into the this area and the first questions they ask tend to be: “Should I get a degree?”, “Which program?” I asked myself these questions after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Taiwan, 2010) and ended up collecting two […]

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My desk

First of all, I have to confess that my UX design skill was not completely “self-taught.” I have in total 3 years of higher education in design. Simply put, this is not a “how-to-land-a-decent-job-without-a-degree” story. I did learn a lot in school in terms of research, critique and collaboration. Nevertheless, I found that all successful […]

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Design sketching

I remembered one of my teammates at school presented her video work to our team. I thought there was large room for improvement, so I pointed out what I didn’t like about the video, using another teammate’s work as an example. After finishing my comments, I immediately felt the tension in the air. My teammate […]

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Participant2

User testing is an integral part in an iterative design process. Blind spots can be seen early on and users’ insights can be gained to keep improving the design. While the whole design team benefits from the engagement of the participants, the participants seem benefit very little from the session. Why do they still invest […]

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UXdarkPatternsCover

Have you ever been given a design brief with a single end goal to raise the conversion rate? As UX/UI designers, we were trained to think from end-users’ perspectives. We’re no stranger to the process of selecting target users, observing them, talking with them and even creating with them in order to elicit insights that […]

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WhyUserResearch

UX research ≠ good UX research. Coming from a design background and working in the industry for a couple of years, I’ve seen many occasions where UX research failed to serve its purpose. It’s not uncommon that after a significant amount of time and effort were put into conducting interviews/focus groups/usability testing, the findings turned […]

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LeaveNLReason

I’ve been thinking for awhile about writing an article to explain why I decided to leave the Netherlands, but something kept holding me back. On the one hand, my feelings toward the Netherlands are complex. It’s not an absolute like or dislike. On the other hand, it feels like a relationship without a happy ending — a […]

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TU Delft study sharing

想要寫一篇文章來解釋為什麼我想離開荷蘭很久了,但一直下不了筆。一方面是因為我對荷蘭的情感相當複雜,不是絕對的喜歡或討厭。二方面是某種層面來說,它就像是面對一段沒有結果的感情,有點令人難以啟齒。 直到上週,我受邀在TU Delft在台灣的留學講座上,以學姐的身份分享在荷蘭留學工作將近四年的心路歷程。看到台下爆滿的聽眾,才讓我意識到,有許多人對荷蘭相當的好奇及感興趣,他們就像當初出國前的我一樣,對歐洲的歷史文...

working in the Netherlands

前言 有鑑於很多人來信詢問來荷蘭念書和工作相關的問題,一個個回覆之後發現很多問題都大同小異,因此索性整理成這篇Q&A。本篇的回答是依據我在荷蘭念書和工作將近四年的經驗(2011-2015),以及身邊看過的例子,目的是希望提供一個過來人的觀點,給需要的人參考!(針對特定學校、學費、課程…這類問題,建議直接些信去問學校會比較準,因為我只念過一個學校的一個科系,且已經在2015年離開荷蘭。) Q:為什麼選擇荷蘭?當初的考...

twoWorlds

曾幾何時,訂機票到台灣,感覺像是去度假。 曾幾何時,被中文環繞的感覺是奇特的,是受寵若驚的。 曾幾何時,推開家門的那一剎那,是淚水無法承載的回憶。 我回家了,距離上次回來已有兩年半,我的生活也正式被分割為兩個特色分明的世界。 在荷蘭的世界,我習慣了扮演社會中的少數份子,也放棄了掩飾自己的獨特。對於萍水相逢和人來人往已不再大驚小怪。孤獨讓我窒息,也讓我更用力呼吸,我開始了拖延已久的個人專案:學吉他、一...