Feeling connected and validated by experiences that mirror your own can help you understand how to conquer, or at least endure, times of struggle. But what if your struggle looks more like achievement? If you don’t see yourself reflected in accounts of burnout, it can be alienating and make you feel even more alone. If you reach the end destination of burnout by stepping on the gas instead of coasting to a stop, Donna Bungard will show you how to recognize that you’re low on fuel and give you a map of rest stops where you can refill your tank.
Design. Development. Customer experience. What we do is a calling, but it’s also a career—a career we need to manage as carefully as we manage website resources, and design as carefully as our most important projects. Get a head start, learn the ropes, or brush up on your existing career skills here.
How to Get a Dysfunctional Team Back on Track
Everyone’s a good manager when their team is functioning perfectly. But what do you do when your team screws up? Liam Nugent tells how to face reality when work goes poorly, and shares practical steps to get your team back on track.
Connecting the Dots
Companies often tout their “culture” as a reason to you should consider working there, but often what they pass off as culture amounts to little more than a foosball table and free snacks. In this excerpt from Creative Culture, Justin Dauer draws direct connections between an organizations’ true culture and the design work that it does.
An Essential Tool for Capturing Your Career Accomplishments
The best way to prepare for your next job application, interview, or performance review takes just a few minutes each week. Jessica Ivins tells us about the Career Management Document, how it can help your career, and how to get started.
Resilient Management, An Excerpt
Great managers ensure their teams are successful and that team members grow in their careers. In this excerpt from her new book, Resilient Management, Lara Hogan discusses how to do this by mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring them.
Make Something Great: Become an Open Source Contributor
You may think that contributing to an open source project is only for developers. But code is by no means the only thing software is made of. Whether you’re a designer, writer, doctor, or lawyer, the open source community needs you. Andrés Galante shares everything you need to know to set out on your journey, from first steps to becoming a core contributor.
Onboarding: A College Student Discovers A List Apart
A List Apart has covered a lot of ground in 20 years. Samantha Lynn, a younger designer just entering the industry, gives her thoughts on 350 ALA articles and how far we’ve come as an industry.
Feedback That Gives Focus
As creative professionals, we might see ourselves as the hero of our work’s story. But this can make feedback—an inevitable part of our work—seem like the villain. Learn how to reframe your relationship to your biggest nemesis. Make feedback your trusted sidekick instead.
Be a Mentor
Your knowledge and experience is valuable, no matter where you are in your career; you should share that knowledge with others. The web is what it is today because we shared our code and learned from each other. Be a part of that legacy. Brandon Gregory will show you the way.
Conducting the Technical Interview
Hiring for technical roles can be unnerving. Does your interview plan cover the vital questions? Have you clearly defined the role? Will you recognize the right candidate? Brandon Gregory shares experiences and tips to help you make the right hiring decision.