Hey Hackers! I’m Jordan Bowman, Product Designer and Co-Creator of UX Tools.
First of all, a huge thank you to the HackerNoon community and staff for nominating me for a 2021 Noonies award!
I’ve nominated in the following categories; please do check out these Noonies award pages and vote:
I think one of the most exciting parts of the UX/product design industry is the array of new software (and features) coming out every year. Learn more about my thoughts and opinions about this, and my journey in the tech industry, in the interview below.
I’m a UX designer at a tech company. I've had lots of different positions in design over the years—everything from a full-time freelance designer, to the only designer at a startup, to a senior UXer at a large corporation. I love what I do—it’s challenging and gratifying to see people use a product I helped design.
Like I mentioned, I have a full-time job as a product designer in a software company. But I also run a side project with a friend named Taylor Palmer called UX Tools. We create content with practical techniques and tools for product designers. We also make the annual Design Tools Survey and UX Challenges.
I graduated from college with a business degree. But I decided to teach myself how to code to put something else on my resume. I eventually picked up some freelance clients that wanted me to code and design their websites. Fast forward 10 years and now I’m a senior product designer in a tech company.
I’m excited about all the tools popping up in the product design industry right now. It’s still a relatively fresh field, so it’s almost like the wild west. But lots of companies are building really great tools and it’s fun to see so much innovation.
I worry sometimes about the lack of transparency with some software—specifically about things like privacy. It feels like there are lots of hidden privacy matters in apps that people use every day and I just wish that stuff was more open so that people could make informed decisions. I also think software should be more accessible on the whole so that we don’t inadvertently prevent certain people from utilizing technology just because they happen to have some form of disability.
I think I’d just go the boring route and put most of it in a distributed portfolio of things like Vanguard funds and crypto. That way I’d be sure to have money for the rest of my life. I’d mix in some “cooler” riskier stuff like specific companies, and put some of it to good use, too—charities, foundations, family, etc.
I’m learning a lot about content creation on YouTube lately (we’re going to get serious with the UX Tools YouTube channel in 2022). There’s this little pocket of YouTube with educational, useful videos and I really like that about the video content world.
Don’t make it about yourself. Focus on others.
Remember your family (and whatever beliefs or principles you live by) is more important than your work.
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