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UX Game Designer at Creative Assembly. I write about UX in Games and Review Books about Design, Career & Life.

The work of UX design is not all colorful & creative solutions on cutting edge innovations. No one talks about the boring hard work that goes into designing a product.

When we hear about UX designers, images of colorful post-its, user journeys, brand stories, fun animated prototypes, about cool future technologies, making cool apps and a lot of creative work is probably what popped into your head. But the reality is a little bit different.

Text & Coffee: Boring parts of UX design

Do you think of UX Design as this cool job that is always creative and we all sip on lattes all day?

Although that sounds fun, that’s not all there is to be a UX Designer and actually doing the work. Many things in UX Design are quite boring, repetitive, and not all colorful.


Practical tips from a UX Designer (me) that have worked in creative app studios, as a consultant, small startups, huge companies, and now I’m a UX Designer at a AAA video game studio!

I will go through:

  • How to design your portfolio
  • What to add in a CV
  • How to write a great Cover letter
  • What to say and ask in the interview
  • Extra tips on how you will succeed when got the job

👋 Hello Designer Friend!

I know a lot of people are soon going to come out of spring & summer looking for an internship or a job! Maybe you have already started thinking about what the future hold and what you want to create! I also know it can be very scary, stressful and you might even feel a bit lost in it all.


UX Games Designer breaks down the best design updates in the latest Pokémon Sword & Shield game for Nintendo Switch! Let’s take a look at what they changed and why it’s great UX design!

Scene showing the new camping and cooking features in the game, with some of the new Pokémon added to Sword & Shield.

A little bit of background

I have played Pokémon games since I got the Game Boy Advance as a child. I fell in love with the strategy of the games in combination with the cute and cool looking creatures.

But there are some things that are quite annoying and somewhat strangely designed that has stuck around in the series of games. So I was happily surprised when I played through the latest title in the series and noticed quite a few updates and positive changes!


Emotional Design — Nudge — The Psychology of Video Games — Ruined by Design

Game UX Designer review & top takeaways on some of the most popular books about design in games, physical products, choice design & ethics.

I will give you a short description, my thoughts & 3 key learnings of the books Emotional Design Nudge The Psychology of Video GamesRuined By Design I hope this will inspire you to pick up these books as well.


You can read smarter, faster, and get more out of books. I have read & listened to 70+ books during lockdown. You can too!

Do you hear yourself say: or or ?

I have used these tricks and habits to listened to 60 audiobooks and read 10 paper books in 2020 & 2021 so far!

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1. WHAT are you reading?

What type of book you want to learn from, be inspired by or experience a story in, determine if you should get it as an audiobook or a physical copy to read.

1Inspirational
Books that are meant to inspire you to take action often explain one concept in-depth and mostly fill the rest of the book with stories about how the method or philosophy was applied for other people…


Big Magic — Creative Confidence — The War of Art

My reviews and short takeaways of some of the most popular books about creativity and what they teach us about how to make ideas become a reality despite life’s obstacles.

This will give you short introduction to & the most important learnings from the books Big Magic , Creative Confidence as well as The War of Art
With thoughts of what I think of the book as well as the 3 key things I learned from them. I hope this will inspire you too pick up these books too!


Hello Mills,

This sounds very interesting and it would be great if my post can read more people in other languages.

Where would this be posted? Do you have any examples of other articles you have translated?


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck — You are a Badass — Personality isn’t Permanent

My reviews and short takeaways on 3 popular “Self-help” books about how to look at life in a better way, get out of bad mindsets & care about what really matters in life.

These Books Will Shake Up Your F*ng Life

This will give you short descriptions of the books The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by , You are a Badass by & Personality isn’t Permanent by . With my thoughts of the books as well as the 3 key things I learned from each one.

I hope this will inspire you too pick up these books too!


Atomic Habit — The Power of Habit — Good Habit Bad Habit

My reviews and takeaways on 3 of the most popular books about how to create the Habits and Mindset to reach our goals in life. It’s not snake-oil, it’s science.

This this will give you short descriptions of the 3 books Atomic Habits by , The Power of Habits by & Good Habits Bad Habits by . With my thoughts of the book as well as the 3 key things I learned from each one. I hope this will inspire you too pick up these books too!


Start With Why — Feck Perfuction — The Dip

My reviews and best learnings of some of the most popular books about work, productivity & building motivation.

This will give you short descriptions of the books Start with Why , Feck Perfuction & The Dip . With my thoughts on the books as well as my 3 key learnings from each one. I hope this will inspire you to pick up these books as well.

Anna Wikström

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