Covid-19 made me do it better

I have been saving this newsletter. I have been better since the last edition.

I have finished a IBM course, restarted twice my Udacity UX design nanodegree course and thanks to my other Gmail account I will restart it over and finish this time.

I have been upskilling, procrastinating and then having my productive surges…hopefully they will be more frequent since this month Ladies that UX Dublin is launching its first mentorship, and this project is a baby born during the pandemic.

My links of the month:

Impactful article on cognitive bias:

10 Cognitive Biases Anyone Doing UX Research Should Know

Interesting article to read in case you want to gain more business skills, to help you to shape your cross functional knowledge.

UX Meets MBA: What Happens When A Designer Goes To Business School

Offers you can't miss:

Udacity quarantine special, kudos for the User Experience Nanodegree.

Work in the time of Coronavirus

And life too, because health comes first

Hello there,

It's Saturday and many that I know are having the day off. Many healthcare staff are having a long day. We are living in a pandemic time with COVID-19.

Events are getting cancelled, Dublin is in lockdown but still some noise in Temple Bar, and I am sick, with so far a chest infection.

Those are my medication at the moment.

If you're even just feeling a lot of anxiety, I want to share with you a few things you can do to make things better.

1. Take care of your health and practise good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Social distancing at least 2 meters

  • Eat well

  • Sleep 7-8 hours

2. Practice Mindfulness

  • Stop, think and breathe has a list of several meditations that can calm your senses and help you combat anxiety.

  • Use Wysa app, it's not just a mindfulness app, it has CBT methods and a special page dedicated on how to deal with the pandemic. I am a subscriber and I use it daily.

  • Practise some breathing exercises.

  • Do chair yoga

3. If working from home will give you more extra time because you're not commuting:

  • Work on a side-hustle.

  • Update your portfolio, website.

  • Learn a new skill (there are a lot of courses online).

  • Read books.

  • Call friends.

4. Monitor and reduce social media/ news intake

  • It's hard not catching up with the news but try as much as you can just to check for reliable information from health authorities such as HSE.

  • Checking for updates all the time induces anxiety.

Remember this, flatten the curve

The idea of this effort is to increase social distancing in order to slow the spread of the virus so that you don't get a huge increase in the number of people getting sick all at once because the health system can't accommodate a large number of people at once.

Nana korobi ya oki

Slán, tchau!
Luana Cavalcanti

P.S. Take care of yourself and stay positive, I am working on getting off the ground.

You can follow me on twitter!

Balancing UI and UX skills as a Product Designer

The importance of having good UI skills, mastering the tools and the UX principles

There is a lot be discussed here.

I suffer from the Imposter Syndrome, it's never enough, which can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. I see it from the bright side, I am always upskilling, there are a lot of MOOC courses out there that I never fished, books that I didn't read, paid courses that were fundamental, others not so much, but so far I graduated twice, transitioned career, and succeed in both careers.

There is a time that you need to prioritize and for me learning new skills is a never ending process that it's part of my professional background. As a product designer I am the connected dot between business needs and customers, I am also a user experience and user interface designer and let's not forget a UX researcher. There is a three of me the UX, the UI and the UX researcher.

A refusal to conform, is misinformation affecting the way we design?

Taking into consideration the era of misinformation and its impact on democracy, I decided to replicate a workshop on how to tackle misinformation and how UX design can help to prevent fake news.
I have been taking a small dosage of social media recently, especially Facebook after Brazilian election because phone numbers were collected from Facebook public accounts and used on WhatsApp for mass distribution of fake news.

Since then, I have started thinking about the principles of Calm design and how to amplify the good examples of how technology is being used in social media and apps interaction like the use of friction. What's your take?

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What's hot in here: Tools for Privacy

Just some thoughts on my several attempts to leave Facebook and more...

Status: Still working on my branding for RemoteShe.

I have been on Facebook on and off, it's a love and hate relationship but after its massive effect on Brazilian elections, I have since tried to delete, I am actually using an alias account to manage some groups that I am active, like Female Nomads and my own groups like Remote She.

What I am reading about diversity:

Mozilla workplace transition policy guidelines

What I am reading (non-technical):

This insane article:

The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence

What I am listening (podcasts):

Rough Translation ( it's not about translation but about different cultural perceptions, like the difference in what is considered being black in the US and in Brazil)

What I am listening II (music)

My twin sister, born 11 years after: Rosalia

What I am watching:

Carl Sagan's Cosmos Ep 1: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

Tools I use:

To monitor any Internet breach:

Firefox Monitor

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