Topic: Work

“Confidence, for me, has always been about judging myself in relation to my past self vs. judging myself against people whom I admire. I think it’s too easy to get discouraged if you look at the work of people with much more experience than yourself and compare your work to them. As long as you are continually improving month after month and year after year, it’s easier to confidently say “I’m getting better. I’m not the best, but no one is. We’re all constantly growing and improving.” Don’t look at something you made and think “this is shit”, think “this is so much better than the shit I was making last year”.”

Letterer Jessica Hische did an AMA on Designer News this morning and it’s chock-full of tidbits like this one on finding confidence.

Monday Morning Kickstart

Happy new week! Here are some links to get you through that first cup of coffee this morning:

UX Myths is a growing resource for data and articles about all sorts of common falsehoods. Definitely keep this one around for helping to defend design work.

How we Rethought Our Business Model in a Week explains how a small agency, Planetary, is exploring how to package their services up to be easier for both their team and their clients. This was especially inspirational for me, as I also offer packaged services instead of one standard consulting fee.

New to UX? How to Evaluate UX Jobs at Agencies vs Startups vs Big Companies looks at the differences in these three common types of companies.

Have a great Monday!


Adorable otter illustration by Teagan White.

I’m trying to become a networker.

Editor’s note: I’m trying this thing where I write long-form personal articles to be published over the weekend. It’s important to me to know how to organize thoughts through written word and this project is me practicing out loud. It’s a big leap to share like this for me so I very much appreciate you reading!

You know those people who can talk to anyone and can consistently hook relevant people together? I know a few and am so grateful for their naturally chatty attitudes. Since starting to freelance my network has been at the top of my mind. I’ve found that the contacts I make through referrals are more strong and more likely to have a positive result than cold emails and replying to job boards. Having someone personally connect me to a potential job is the the quickest way to gain and actionable lead. So it’s been tough, these past few months, to realize that my network is smaller than I thought. Reflection has shown that I’m not good at gaining new contacts and following through on growing new relationships.

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Women Entrepreneurs Fight for Their Piece of the Pie

Data collected by PitchBook found only 13 percent of all venture capital deals in the United States went to women in 2013, a significant increase from the firm’s 2004 data that put the figure at 4 percent. But that still means 87 percent of deals are being given to all-male teams.

I could quote this whole article but instead I’ll just urge you to read it. While Newsweek is not the first publication to look at how tech investments heavily favor young, white men—See Model View Culture’s excellent Funding issue—this piece is still a thorough look at the problems facing VC.