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Hey, I’m Diane 👋
I’m a designer, instructor, and optimist teaching UX design courses to aspiring designers.
💪 I learned design the hard way. On the job, from online courses, and from mentors (and you can too).
I’m a UX expert with a specialty in crafting holistic design strategy for Silicon Valley based Fortune 500 tech companies. I’ve worked in the trenches of product development shipping 0-1 products, shaping and defining product strategy into usable interfaces with results.
When I’m not designing and launching products, I write about design, and teach UX topics on Linkedin Learning.
“That’s a job?”
Play the video to hear more on how I got into UX.
I didn’t study design or go to design school. But, I did work hard to create a portfolio and create projects to lead me to this profession.
With hard work and learning the core skills to be successful as a UX professional, you can find your career in UX.
Real world experience with real results.
📈 I work alongside engineers and product managers and ship real products with big results.
I don’t hand off design as a consultant and leave when the design is complete. My work has shipped with tremendous business results. I’m passing on my experience to you.
My courses reflect real world pragmatic UX principles, and techniques to help you be successful in your next UX role, or to upskill in your current role.
UX Leadership, design, and strategy.
Recent speaking engagement
My most recent talk at Talk UX was focused on how to drive product strategy as a designer. Everything I teach and talk about is based on real experience.
In this talk, I give a step by step approach to product strategy from a designer’s perspective.
UX Foundations: Prototyping
Prototyping allows designers to quickly and inexpensively explore multiple iterations of designs. Prototypes can be submitted for testing and feedback, leading to better experiences for the business and for users. That’s why prototyping is a fundamental skill for any UX designer.
Explore the benefits, techniques, and tools of prototyping in this introductory course. This course covers the basics of building effective prototypes with the right “fidelity,” and getting more valuable feedback from your design testing.
From the blog
How UX Patterns Create Intuitive User Experiences
UX patterns are the building blocks of user experience. Understanding patterns are critical for any UX or Product Designer.UX patterns There is a lot to learn when entering the UX...
RITE Testing UX Design
When you're looking for quick design and usability feedback, RITE testing might be what you need.RITE testing UX There’s nothing more exciting than observing users interact with...
UX: 5 powerful visual design tips for delightful user experience
Full confession: I didn't study design in school. I learned visual design the hard way- on the job. Early in my career, my wireframes were unattractive. The spacing was off, and the...
UX designer jobs: User experience vs Interaction vs UI vs Product Designer
So what is the difference between these designer roles and which UX role should I apply to? It can be overwhelming to sort out various job titles for designers. Titles change often as the field...
UX prototyping: 5 questions to ask yourself before you start
Prototyping is an essential part of the the design process, here's some questions to ask yourself when you create your prototype: 1. Is the design problem clear?If you can distill your problem...
UX Portfolio Case Study Examples
A companion site to my short course “Building and Maintaining your UX portfolio” on how to construct a UX portfolio case study, based on feedback from learners. The site walks through in detail what to include in your portfolio.
A suggested syllabus put together by Chris Nodder, LinkedIn Learning instructor, focused on understanding concepts in research and UX. The syllabus features various instructors. (You’ll find my courses in Interaction Design, section 4)