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

I wish I read these books earlier in life. It would have saved me a lot of heartache and frustration in navigating life, my career & setting up a plan for myself to reach my goals.

No matter your job or life experiences, these books will help you all your life! I read a lot of books in 2020 & 2021, and it totally changed my outlook on life, my self-worth, personal goals & career motivation.

This is my Top 10 book list if you are…

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…

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…

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 by Don Norman, Nudge by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein, The Psychology of Video Games by Celia Hodent & Ruined By Design by Mike Monterio.

There’s a revolution happening! It’s for the inclusion of Everyone in society and a call to break down old stereotypes! It’s happening in many parts across our social groups, online & at work.

But what does that mean for your work as a designer? It’s time for us to be more conscious of how our behavior at work affects the team as well as the people we design for. This WILL make for a better design & product in the end!

What makes us different?

Age, ability…

User Friendly — 100 Things — Lean UX — Mismatch

My reviews and short takeaways of some of the most popular books about UX design & understanding the people we design for.

The Books: 100 Things by Susan M. Weinschennk, Ph.D. Mismatch by Kate Holmes, Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden, and User Friendly by Robert Fabricant & Cliff Kuang.
This will give you short descriptions of each book, with my thoughts on them as well as 3 key things I…

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.

I want to know: What…

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: “I wish I could read more” or “I should finish that book I started” or “I wish I was one of those people that reads a lot”?

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


1. WHAT are you reading?

What type of book you want to learn from, be inspired by or experience a story in, determine…

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 by Elizabeth Gilbert, Creative Confidence by Tom & David Kelley, as well as The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
With thoughts of what I think of the book as well as the 3…

Anna Wikström

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