A simple Google search for educational design resources online yields 6,250,000,000 results — there’s no wonder for those starting out as a designer, it may feel overwhelming to know where to begin. As with mastering any subject, grasping key foundational knowledge is critical before becoming an expert in the field.

Müller-Brockman’s legacy in swiss design

Quick 10-minute graphic I made in Sketch

All of us chase the “perfect job” — one that encompasses our special checklist of hand-chosen attributes. Some of us spend years in trial and error periods; some of us figure it out earlier. Thankfully, I’m one of the “lucky” ones.

Team members discussing action items on a calendar
Image by Unini

Why mentorship matters

Mentorships are mutually beneficial relationships where both individuals derive value, growth, and fulfillment. Mentors guide newcomers through a company, teach new skills to more junior designers, and reinforce the knowledge by sharing expertise on various subject matters. …

Charles and Ray Eames high-fiving in their studio
Charles and Ray high-fiving each other in their studio

Take a look at the chair pictured in the image below — it’s likely you recognize it as one of the most iconic architectural objects of our time. It was simply one of many inventions Ray and Charles Eames created as artistic partners over the course of three decades. …

Geometric art piece by Hilma af Klint
Group IX/SUW №12 by Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint

Deemed the first modern artist of the Western World, Hilma af Klint was a Swedish creative who credited her creative abilities to a divine, spiritual authority. Her abstract paintings in the 20th century reflected bold, imaginative aesthetics—carrying an essence the world had yet seen before.

Because of this nature, she…

Designer at desk with nearby art artifacts
Illustration by Peter Tarka

Every company I’ve ever applied to as a product designer has required a portfolio presentation interview. It’s a great way for employers to learn more about who you are and what projects you’ve worked on. …

MongoDB’s career page featuring our “Meet the Team” blog post
Our product design piece featured on our company blog!

Diving into a company’s blog is one of the best ways I learn about an organization. It offers a glimpse into who I could be potentially working with, the projects I could take ownership of, and what the culture is like. …

Artist standing in a gradient mist
Image credit: CNN News

As creatives, it’s undeniable that we propagate ourselves into our work. Our backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs help shape our decisions regarding the projects we take on and the messages we amplify. …

Collage of Glossier products and models
Image source: Get the Gloss

If you aren’t living under a rock, chances are you may have heard of, seen, or purchased a product from Glossier in recent years.

That’s because this beauty brand has taken millennial consumer markets by storm, climbing into unicorn territory ($1.2 billion valuation) in a matter of six years. Today…

Apple branding
Iconic Apple branding from their current homepage

In its simplest form, branding is the practice of influencing and controlling a set of associations with a company to help the business’s performance. Done successfully, an organization’s identity will be tied to select attributes—promoting its image or popularity.

While absolute control over a brand is not possible, it can…

Michelle Chiu

Product designer at Facebook Creative X (170K+ views). Prev. Microsoft, Apple, DoorDash, BuzzFeed, Wish, & MongoDB. Tweets at www.twitter.com/michelle__chiu

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