Experienced design leader collaborating on successful products & services

Hi, I’m James Young and I strive to work with diverse groups of talented people around the world on business initiatives that include: Research, Strategy, Ideation, Technical Exploration, Creative Problem Solving, Testing, Iteration, and Design-to-Development Implementation.

Web Browsers for Responsive Front-End Development & Testing

Web Browsers for Responsive Front-End Development & Testing

Several Web Browser apps want to make it easier for people & teams to test and develop Responsive Websites and Web applications iteratively. These apps are different from services that offer static screen captures of web pages across various popular browser...

Some Thoughts on Mitigating Remote Work Burnout

Some Thoughts on Mitigating Remote Work Burnout

I posted the following as a reply to a Makers thread on Product Hunt. The prompt was, "Remote work burnout is growing as pandemic stretches on. How do you cope with it?". There are many thoughtful responses to this thread, so I encourage you to read them all. I wrote...

Video, Conference, Chat & Collaboration Tools Roundup

Video, Conference, Chat & Collaboration Tools Roundup

Updated November 12, 2020. See this twitter thread for details. Yes, there are alternatives to Zoom I often joke that people spend the first few minutes of any online meeting discussing usability oddities of the collaboration tool itself. There are many solutions out...

Survey & Form Builder Tools Roundup

Survey & Form Builder Tools Roundup

Updated September 24, 2020. See this twitter thread for details. Sometimes people will ask me about survey tools, or I'll see a solution that I want to keep an eye on. Therefore, I've created this list of survey and form building tools that I will keep updated. Most...

Buoymoji Rainbow is Third in Series of iMessage Stickers

Buoymoji Rainbow is Third in Series of iMessage Stickers

Buoymoji Rainbow is our 3rd release of Stickers for Apple iMessage on iOS. It's available now on the Apple App Store. This latest addition to our buoy themed emoji series includes whimsical buoys turned maritime emoji characters, with rainbow stripes and a blue-tinted...

A Roundup of Product Management & Development Project Tools

A Roundup of Product Management & Development Project Tools

Updated November 26, 2020. See this twitter thread for details. There are a variety of tools available to help product teams manage the process of conceiving, defining, planning, executing, and delivering products in an and agile manner. What works for your team will...

Code-centric Design Tools on the Rise?

Code-centric Design Tools on the Rise?

Coded components will finally become the source of truth in UI design In 2018, I wrote about an emerging trend of tools that mingle visual design and code in ways that are notably different from typical "screen design" tools for drawing pictures of screens and...

An Unopinionated Roundup of Current UX Research & UI Testing Tools

An Unopinionated Roundup of Current UX Research & UI Testing Tools

Updated: July 10, 2020. See this twitter thread for details. Whether you call it user experience, customer experience, human experience, or simply 'trying to understand if anyone wants-or-can-use the thing we're making' - if you're reading this, you probably...

An Unopinionated Roundup of Current Prototyping Tools

An Unopinionated Roundup of Current Prototyping Tools

Updated November 28, 2020. See this twitter thread for details. I've shared various lists, roundups, and reviews of different prototyping tools in the past - usually on Twitter. Sometimes, people will point out that a particular third-party roundup review has...

Podcast Turf War is Inspiring Some Awesome A/V Editing Tools

Podcast Turf War is Inspiring Some Awesome A/V Editing Tools

Big streaming players and upstarts alike are driving the next phase of popularity in Podcasting. These players want to control that coveted position of the go-to Podcast app on people's devices. The ongoing demand is also inspiring some innovative tools popping up to...

Digitizing Your UX Sticky Notes

Digitizing Your UX Sticky Notes

Sometimes the analog approach is a quicker and easier way to achieve a particular design thinking task. A classic example is the appropriately stereotypical use of sticky notes by User Experience designers to facilitate various workshop exercises such as card sorting...