A yellow paper airplane in front of a mirror & a yellow mirror shattered by a US & Malaysian flag-colored paper airplane.
A yellow paper airplane in front of a mirror & a yellow mirror shattered by a US & Malaysian flag-colored paper airplane.
Before and after of my “reflecting on how to redefine “Asian-American” icon

While building my portfolio, I struggled with writing my “About Me” section. I wanted it to really reflect who I am, not only as a designer but first and foremost a human being. I wanted to emphasize some things that I really loved that may have inspired my designs.

I decided to look through photos from the past ten years and took notes on things that popped up frequently. Some common themes were coffee, bubble tea (or boba), traveling, music (especially concerts that I have been to), my French bulldog, and lots of food. …


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Live Outside Your Box” design

Growing up, we were told to dream big, that nothing was impossible with the power of imagination, that we could become anything we wanted to be.

However, we were also taught to color within the lines, that the sky is blue, the grass is green, the sun is yellow, etc. I even remember my kindergarten teacher going around the room with a box of “skin-colored” crayons to give each of us after matching the crayon color to our skin, so that we can create more realistic portraits of ourselves.

I know that our teachers mean well, but when I look back on those moments, it seems like even though we were taught to never be afraid to be different and imaginative, and that we’re all equals, we were also implicitly taught the opposite. …


and how it compares to Adobe XD and Figma while designing Lyrics by Spotify

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Logos from left to right: Adobe XD, Wondershare Mockitt, Figma

There are quite a few wireframing and prototyping tools available on the market right now, with Sketch, Figma, and Adobe XD as the most popularly used ones in the United States. However, there are also a lot of similar tools that are popular outside of the United States, like Wondershare Mockitt.

Wondershare Mockitt, previously known as Mockingbot before being acquired by Wondershare in June 2020, is an online prototyping and collaboration tool used by over 2 million individuals and over 15,000 enterprises worldwide. It allows you to quickly wireframe and prototype your ideas to share with your team, and also upload your high-fidelity screens from their Sketch plug-in to prototype. …


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I recently completed the Adobe XD Challenge from May 2020 where you design and prototype the library and music experience for a music player app using Auto-Animate to create a smooth transition between your library and now playing screens.

I decided to model my design after one of my favorite music streaming apps, Spotify, but with my own creative flair. As this is the second app I designed for an Android, I referenced Adobe XD’s Material Design UI Kit, a Samsung One UI kit I found on Behance.

I noticed that most music players have a mostly black or white background so as not to compete with the album art as they tend to be more colorful. Since I am accustomed to Spotify’s black background and white text and icons, I also chose to use a dark background. Rather than making it pure black, I decided to use a dark blue-violet to dark purple gradient background. During these times, I often listen to music to stay focused and unwind after a long day, and blue and purple are often associated with calm, tranquility, and relaxation. …


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An Android with weather, podcast, Google search widgets, and commonly used apps

I started learning how to use Adobe XD through their daily creative challenges; I would scroll through the older ones, pick one that piqued my interest, follow along with the video, and complete the challenge.

One of my favorite design challenges was the one where we use the stacks feature to design podcast widgets. This challenge came around the same time Apple released the iOS update where people can add widgets to and customize their home screens.


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Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

The 2020 election has been on the top of every American’s mind. We receive reminders across various platforms to go out and vote, stressing the importance of not only making our votes count for the presidential election but also our local elections.

While researching the candidates on my ballot prior to voting early, I found that I could not find information on some of the candidates. Those candidates did not have websites and were not mentioned in the news recently. I could not find information about their stance on current issues, their past achievements, and their plans for my community if they were to be elected. …


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My French bulldog, Pidan, virtually attending Adobe MAX 2020 with me

I was able to attend the Adobe MAX 2020 Conference this past week and catch some amazing sessions, both live and on-demand, featuring some of my favorite creatives sharing their creative processes and journeys.

I learned a lot from the sessions I was able to catch and decided to compile some takeaways from the conference.

Habits for creativity

It is difficult to overcome a creative block when it happens, but we can build habits to help us stay creative and motivated to create.

We can build a routine to help us create consistently. Choose a time and place each week where you do something creative, and force yourself to create something. It doesn’t have to be a complete solution or story. It can be a brainstorming session where you take notes or talk with a friend and/or colleague to bounce ideas off of each other, a time where you sketch your surroundings or a time where you complete a design challenge. Return to the same place every week and repeat this process. This will train our mind and body to correlate this time and location as when and where we create and will help us stay consistent. …


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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

We have been conditioned to believe certain things about different groups of people because of how they have been portrayed in the different types of media that we consume.

While networking with a senior designer, we talked about a project that they did that revolved around creating a product that would help those aged 55 and older connect with resources that they need. One of the first questions I asked about the brief after hearing that was “Were you limited to building a digital product, or could you have built something that was not digital?”

The designer responded and said that through their interviews with potential users, they found that those in their 50s and 60s were more technologically savvy than they are depicted. Many of them knew how to use various devices to search for things; they just need more time than Millennials and Gen Z to learn how to use it. …


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Photo by Rob Hampson on Unsplash

UX/UI/Product designers aim to build products/services that help improve their users’ lives. To identify what we should design, we interview and observe our users to see what we can do to simplify their processes with our solution.

However, after we enter their lives through these interview sessions with a promise to build something that will change their lives, we forget to keep in touch. We begin to build, test, and iterate on our prototypes, racing to come up with a solution before our deadlines. …


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Photo by Bram Naus on Unsplash

Throughout my job search thus far, I have written, rewritten, and redesigned my resume countless times.

The first resume I designed was said to not have enough white space; I highlighted the headers, my name, and the companies and schools I attended, included my then logo, and my tagline of “bridging gaps creatively through design.” It didn’t help that I had a lot of bullet points for some of my positions and used a thin typeface for my body text.

I was advised to remove my logo as it was not necessary to have it there and to redesign my tagline (since it used two typefaces, highlighting, and three colors) or replace it with a summary of myself for my first iteration. I decided to replace my tagline with my summary and reorganize all of the information on my resume to include more white space after removing my logo. I also differentiated between my UX design and UX research skills. These little changes made my resume easier to read and highlighted that I am knowledgeable in both UX design and research. …

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Tiffany Goh

UX Designer who challenges the status quo by building creative solutions through design. Check out my portfolio: https://wheretiffgohes.com

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