Happy holidays 🎄🧡

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For this holiday issue of UX Things, I'm writing something a bit more laid back and personal. It's been a weird year, to say the least.

Besides everything that's been happening with the virus this year, I've had a lot more on my plate. A month in the hospital with no visitors allowed (not covid related). Someone trying to break into my apartment multiple times. Quitting my job at the worst time possible.

You read that right. When most were afraid to lose their jobs due to Covid, I was dumb enough to quit one. A poor decision made at the wrong time. Somehow, magically, it ended up being for the better.

If you're going through some rough times right now, I hope things will work out for you. Sometimes these times last. But maybe, just maybe, these days actually have a purpose. For me they did.

After all this mess, I've decided to shift the focus back to my career. In the end, that's what keeps me busy, what I'm good at, and what I love doing.

To try and stay positive, I've started UX Things to write about the craft that I enjoy and love.

Besides UX Things, I'm writing a book on learning the basics of code — but from a perspective of a product designer. All the content in the book is carefully handcrafted to best suit UX and product designers.

Having experience in frontend engineering and product design, I believe that many product designers will find great value in it. Knowing the basics of code will improve your collaboration with engineers. And thus the actual implementation of your designs.

I’ll be sharing the book as soon as it's ready.

Over the last weekend, I built a simple online tool for coming up with user personas. You can check it out here. No ads and no account is needed. If you try it out, let me know what you think. It'd be great to get some feedback on things to improve.

I hope this email didn't go too much off-topic. If it did, worry not — we'll be back to UX things next week.

In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me by replying to this email or you can message me on Twitter. Whether it’s career advice you need, a CV review, help with your portfolio website, or just to have a chat.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our illustrator, Tatiana. She has been doing an amazing job with our illustrations for UX Things. You can check her work over at Dribbble.

I wish you all happy holidays. Hope they're filled with love, friends, family, and lots of joy! 🎅🧡

If you enjoy reading, I’d love it if you would share it with a friend or two.

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Have a wonderful day,

- Filip