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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Great Designer (Part 2 of 3)

Use your tools to work smarter, not harder

Jon Moore
Jon Moore
May 24, 2019 · 9 min read
Illustration: Timo Kuilder

5. Extend the capabilities of your design tool

An RED camera body. Photo: Jakob Owens on Unsplash
An RED camera with all kinds of add-ons. Photo: Jakob Owens on Unsplash

6. Build your own reusable tools

Screenshots from my personal design template. See more here.
Screenshots from my personal design template. See more here.

7. Stop reinventing common design patterns

8. Find auxiliary design resources

Left: Populate’s collection of data lists. Right: A custom list I created for myself.
Once you download or create your own text file data source, make sure you add it as a source in the Sketch preferences. Now when you select a layer or symbol containing text, you’ll be able to fill it with your new dummy data by clicking the data icon. This will swap out any existing text with a random entry from your data file. Pretty handy!

Summary

9. Design less.

10. Write more.

11. Emphasize outcomes.

12. Work collaboratively.

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Jon Moore

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Jon Moore

Principal Design Partner Innovatemap in Indianapolis. Creator of The Design Encyclopedia (https://www.designencyclopedia.io). Email: 1jonmoore@gmail.com

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Helping designers thrive. A Medium publication about UX/UI design.

Jon Moore

Written by

Jon Moore

Principal Design Partner Innovatemap in Indianapolis. Creator of The Design Encyclopedia (https://www.designencyclopedia.io). Email: 1jonmoore@gmail.com

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Helping designers thrive. A Medium publication about UX/UI design.

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