The mark of a great designer is their awareness of system thinking.

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Image by Benek Lisefski


One of them is never optional, and sometimes you can’t even pick two.

Venn diagram of good, fast, cheap — pick two

“Good” shouldn’t be optional


Mediocre work requires constant sales and marketing to maintain momentum. Exceptional work sells itself.

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Photo by JOSHUA COLEMAN

Would you rather have an average product with excellent marketing or an excellent product with average marketing?


It’s time for a radical shift in how we present ourselves as designers.

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Photo by Houcine Ncib


The maturation of UX isn’t making you an uncreative robot or replaceable commodity.

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Photo by Amy Shamblen


What’s holding you back from sprinting your career ahead?

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Photo: Jonathan Chng/Unsplash


How alternating focus between the yin and yang of design leads to the perfect balance of consistency and flexibility.

Ying Yang symbol
Photo by Brett Jordan


Pandemic-induced efficiency is real, and we’re all better off for it.

2020 numbers in crinckled paper cut-out
Photo by Kelly Sikkema


What l learned about designing quickly from Malcolm Gladwell and The Queen’s Gambit.

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Photo by Gary Bendig


A rebuttal of Dr. Jon Younger’s accurate, yet platform-obsessed freelance revolution predictions.

Photo by Karim MANJRA

Benek Lisefski

I’m a UX/UI designer from Auckland, New Zealand. Writing about freelancing & business for indie designers & creatives at https://solowork.co

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