When (and How) to Say Yes by Hal Sarjant

Every day I see people saying yes to things they should say no to and saying no to golden opportunities. So I decided to write about when and how to say yes and no.
This advice is (obviously) heavily biased to suit people like to me, so I should probably explain my situation to provide you with some context. I am a junior Experience Designer and my personality type is someone with a veracious appetite for learning, but also a good amount of confidence in my own ability. This combination (when it works well for me) allows me to confidently...

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How to Build a Portfolio as a Junior UX Designer by Hal Sarjant

Building a portfolio as a junior designer is not the easiest thing in the world. Where do you start? Do you have enough experience to even create one? Will anyone be interested in it? Do you need one if you’ve got no current plans to change job? Let me answer all of those questions for you in a single sentence.

If you’ve completed even one project, you need a design portfolio today to showcase your skills and experience, regardless of your current career plans.

The benefits of a portfolio are obvious if you’re looking for a job. Your Résumé shows...

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4 Ways Sketch Could Be Improved by Hal Sarjant


If there is one thing I’ve learned about Sketch in the 8 months that I’ve been using it, it’s that they usually fix things before I’ve even worked out there was an issue. However, there are a few simple things that I think would make Sketch that little bit better. Please correct me in the comments if I am wrong about anything in here!

This piece was written just after the release of Sketch 42

1.    Central Alignment

This one bugs me quite a bit. When aligning two (or more) objects centrally, there doesn’t seem to be a way...

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Hack Your Commute for a Better Life by Hal Sarjant

My commute is about an hour and 15 minutes each way. Two and a half hours per day. That’s 55 hours a month and about 25 days per year! I bet yours is similar, maybe you’re lucky and it’s a bit less.

The point is, most of us spend a good portion of our lives making this pilgrimage to ‘the office’ and as an Experience Designer, I’ve spent quite a bit of that time thinking about how to make it more bearable.

A lot of my tips and tricks are probably quite specific to traveling in London on the Tube...

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University to Career in 3 Easy Steps by Hal Sarjant

My Story

So first things first, I need to let you know that my story is not necessarily a normal one, because of this, not everything that was right for me will be right for anyone else.

I studied Geoscience at university for 4 years and truly loved it. However, I was also fairly clear that it wasn't actually something I wanted to devote my career/life to. So what do you do when you're a young graduate with drive but no clear direction? You join a large firm in Canary Wharf and see where it takes you, right? Well...

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Personal Goals for 2017 by Hal Sarjant

Hello world

So this is my first ever blog piece and I am going to use it to hold myself accountable in 2017. To be clear, this is not a list of my New Year's resolutions, but is a reflection of my aspirations for 2017, if life has taught me anything this year it's that a lot can change in a short amount of time! As such I'll be updating this piece with my progress and thoughts throughout the year, hopefully every 3 months or so.

2016 was a pretty big year for me. It was my first full year...

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