what are we doing to share our inside knowledge with people?
⬆︎ ann friedman, Journalist
My career wouldn't exist without the many drinks, meals, and chats shared with mentors and peers. The open-source exchange of information that accumulated over the years sit in my notes, bookmarks, and email. Hoarded in the cloud somewhere, they're not getting used as much as they could.
At some point — when helping a friend get a job in UX — Ann Friedman wrote a newsletter about sharing inside information. It wasn’t a call for illegal activity, but rather a call to support those looking from the outside and wanting in. "Are we hoarding resources?" she challenged.
I was, but no more. Here are some of my favorite resources and tools.
On a project regarding user settings and permissions, I had to think diligently about copy for confirming user intent. Coyle's short resource here was a fantastic guideline and helped me make some solid justifications.
Hyper Island Toolbox
A good collection of reading and research for that inevitable meeting when someone mentions designing “above the fold” in a simplistic manner. If content below the fold isn’t doing well, it’s might be because the content needs improvement or there are serious visual roadblocks.
Title Case Converter
A nice little tool I always like to keep handy when writing headlines and can't always remember which words to capitalize. You can style any line of text into AP, Chicago, MLA, New York Times, and more.
If you’ve ever been frustrated by figuring out what a competitive salary is for your tech-minded job, I recommend using Levels.fyi as a baseline source to understand salary bands and total comp (TC) in major Silicon Valley companies. Glassdoor and LinkedIn skew low, which Daniel Burka (ex-GV Design Partner) explains in this article.