My name Austin Brown. I'm a UX Designer. I thrive on stories, sketches, and discussion with those smarter than myself. I graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design and Interaction Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010. I've been working as a user advocate and user experience designer ever since.
It's pretty straightforward.
Give a damn.
I'm hand-coding my website. Not because I'm an HTML whiz. Quite the opposite, in fact. I'm doing it because I want to be able to understand what I'm asking my coworkers to do on a very fundamental level. It may not pay off, but how else can I know than by trying?
I don't mean that one should carry a sketchbook and pen everywhere they go. Actually, yes they should. What I mean is that every great design is built upon a pile of quick mockups, simple prototypes, grainy photos of whiteboards, and - ideally - beer-stained napkin sketches.
Have a hobby. Do something by hand. Be proud of the fact that you and only you created something with a couple of weekends, some tools, and a little ingenuity. Make something that you could just as easily buy at the store for no other reason than just that.
I had the opportunity to live and work for a telecommunications company in Hong Kong for 6 months. It was absolutely incredible to see a culture so distinctly different from my own, and yet so comfortable. I kept track of my experience in blog form. Give it a look!
There is really no reasonable excuse for tomorrow's work being worse than yesterday's. Even if your idea is the best you've ever had, someone else has probably had a better one. And if they haven't, they will. Compete with yourself. This mentality comes straight from the harsh critique environment I endured at SCAD, one in which professors would tear down and throw away any work that didn't look whole-heartedly done.
With the wealth of information available on the internet it's important to have some go-tos to filter out some of the noise and maintain an even keel. I use some of these sources to remind myself why I do what I do.