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Intentions and ignorance don’t outweigh the impact

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I’d gotten a really hard time when I returned from my last trip to Asia. I went to Vietnam and the country is beautiful. I did part of the trip solo, but for most of it, I had a Vietnamese friend who chauffeured me around. But, when I was alone…


Not everything’s a conspiracy

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It’s completely reasonable to complain about depleting views and revenue on Medium. It’s a jarring thing to notice. Still, a popular response we hear to this is, “Medium doesn’t owe you anything. Be grateful to even have the platform.” I heavily disagree with this. …


We didn’t really get much closure at all.

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“You just haven’t watched the special,” is Chapelle’s most used rebuttal. Chapelle and his fans alike believe he’s being unfairly attacked by people who aren’t listening to what he’s saying. People who aren’t getting the story straight from the horse’s mouth.

I’m no stranger to online discourse and its limitations…


It’s still possible to start your life while working from home.

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This pandemic hit at the most pivotal point in my career journey. I know my situation is not unique. I graduated, along with all of my classmates, and thousands of students into a very difficult time to start a career. …


Lean into your uncertainty

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You’re never going to know everything. No designer does; despite how much they desperately want to convince you they do. Fresh-grad designers reach out to me occasionally. While I’m still a junior myself, I have managed to jump through some pretty large UX hurdles, and they’d like to know how…


Why do we let kids do this?

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There’s a deeply ingrained part of our culture that’s made attractiveness synonymous with all that is pre-pubescent. The most attractive qualities in women are being small, soft, “innocent” and hairless. Essentially, we’re at our best when we’re children. When we’re sixteen. Being judged on your body before it’s finished growing…


The secret’s been right in front of us all along

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I’ve spent a lot of time forcing myself to enjoy freelancing. Is it a good source of income for writers online? Of course. Does it drain the life out of me a bit? Also, yes.

I don’t write full-time. Thus, I’ve been able to spend the last few months testing…


You don’t need to do this alone

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You won’t succeed in a silo. Nothing happens in a vacuum. As a practice, UX is built off the premise of teamwork. Every step of the process is about understanding people and building a positive experience alongside a team.

Given that the field is so tactical and new, there’s a…


Who can blame him?

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“I quit my job, legit, two days ago. I took a risk,” was how his conversation with Logan began. Studies have shown that most children would rather become YouTubers or influencers over doctors or astronauts. And who can blame them? …


We’re exhausted of the white guilt

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“Please ensure you complete your mandatory diversity and inclusion training that’s been left in your lockers,” my white manager said to us, from across the store. My coworker and I exchanged a glance and continued to wipe the counters.

Once my shift was done, I head towards the lockers. On…

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