It’s time we stop unsolicitedly redesigning Spotify uxdesign.cc3 years ago in #UX Love443

A list of non-profit organizations that could use your design chops instead. We’ve all been there. All we need is one last case study to complete the grid on our portfolio homepage. We look around for inspiration, desperately trying to find a product we can redesign to prove our design chops to our prospective employers. Until we look at our phones. A quick search for “Spotify redesign” or “Spotify concept” on platforms like Behance or Dribbble (and even “Spotify case study” here on the UX Collective) shows that Spotify is one of the top products designers want to redesign. Not because the current experience or UI looks bad whatsoever. But most likely because: Spotify is a product a lot of designers use every day, sometimes multiple hours a day Because of that much usage, everyone has had at least one moment of frustration (“oh, I wish this feature worked differently”) Spotify’s architecture is pretty straightforward in terms of defining key user flows and key screens Spotify is a big brand that every recruiter or hiring manager has heard of, making it easier to present the work without a lot of context setup needed Bonus: what if someone at Spotify actually sees my work and decides to hire me?! While Spotify is a great product to practice your design skills, its popularity can make your redesign concept get lost in the midst of hundreds of other concept projects out there. Plus, Spotify has a pretty solid design team already — you can follow all their amazingness at Next time you’re looking for a product to redesign for free, why not looking at companies and non-profit organizations that could actually use some design help? Here are a few ideas: Tidal McDonald’s ordering kiosks The bank of your dreams The panel of your microwave An app to change a bad habit The teleprompter experience Mac OS Finder An ATM interface Your city’s website Your country’s tourism website The way you file your taxes The first problem with these examples is that, because you don’t work for those companies, you will never really get a full picture of their product problem. Sure, you can do user research to understand what people want — but designing without any business constraints is unrealistic in our industry. The second problem is that none of these will ever get implemented. Your case study will look shiny as a portfolio piece, but you might miss the opportunity to make a real impact in the world. Well… unless you shift your focus and reach out to real organizations that are in need of web, graphic, or UX design work. URL Out – – uxdesign.ccDate – 2019-10-16 12:49:20

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