As designers, we can always get inspired by the master artists and their relationship with colors.

Many artists in history were obsessed with colors in nature. When viewing their masterpieces, we could discover their intense passions, unconcealable emotions, and their staunch belief in the power of colors.

As a product designer, I also constantly think about what natural color patterns can be used to better connect with users. To get inspired, I want to take a whirlwind journey through modern art history, drill insights into what colors meant to some of the most creative geniuses, and discuss what can be leveraged to our design practices. 😉

Claude Monet: the harmonious, analogous colors

Claude Monet is among one of the most well-known Impressionism…


In the past year, I led the effort in a few UX research initiatives, which involve a bunch of remote usability tests with technical users for enterprise applications. Although my focuses on each testing round are different, there are some common best practices I’d like to share.

1. Always define the scope first

At medium-to-large size companies, UX researchers will help recruit participants and facilitate the sessions, and it is necessary that the designer walks through the prototype and shares assumptions with the researcher first. The interaction flow within a business application can sometimes be very complicated, and it will be beneficial if you can annotate…


This activity helps us to reconnect with co-workers in a way we never experienced before.

“Describe how you’re feeling as you wrap-up this week.”

“Fatigued. Exhausted. Overwhelmed…”

A month ago, we distributed a survey to all UX members at our company to do a working-from-home pulse check. Not surprisingly, people were buried in endless meetings and design tasks.

To help everyone reconnect and regain the joy of design, I organized a “team fun activity” which is called “6–10–14 rapid prototyping”. The feedback from our global UX team was very positive, so I would like to share the step-by-step guidance of…


From two product designers’ viewpoints.

Last weekend, my design pal Catherine and I sat down and did a 90min design critique on Zoom, one of the most popular work-from-home apps these days. In this round of discussion, we focused on business use cases and formed our conversation around user experience and interface design of the latest Zoom application (Web, iOS version 5.4.9).

Why business users choose Zoom

Zoom now has around 265,400 customers with more than 10 employees. Despite the rising demands of online video services after Covid-19, it is attractive to institutions and business users mainly due to the following reasons:

  1. High quality: it provides a smooth online conferencing…

My journey from a Communications Manager in fine art to a UX Designer in tech. It’s never too late to make the change.

credit to undraw.co

A year ago, I decided to fully shift my career focus to UX design — as my “new year revolution”. Luckily enough, I successfully transitioned from a Communications Manager in fine art to a UX Designer in tech by self-taught.

I found a lack of resources and anecdotes for people who come from the fine art industry switching to UX design, so I want to share my challenging yet rewarding journey, to help guide those who seek to transition into UX, but don’t know exactly where to start.

Why I left the glamorous fine art industry

After I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, I worked as a Communications…

Mandy Ding

UX Designer in SF bay. Art lover, amateur baker 🎨🍰

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