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.

Design & Business Podcasts Roundup

Design & Business Podcasts Roundup

Here's a roundup list of some of my favorite podcasts with a focus on topics of design, product development, business strategy, and tech news - a Podstack so to speak. Podcasts deliver on the promise of the internet in a way that many other resources don't. Up until...

Physical & Digital Product Mockup Tools

Physical & Digital Product Mockup Tools

Updated March 9, 2021. See this twitter thread for details. Not long ago, it was somewhat challenging to create simulated renderings of product mockups. For example, visualizing what a cool new app would look like on an iPhone 3G or what your branding campaign might...

Chatbot & Voice Interface Tools Roundup

Chatbot & Voice Interface Tools Roundup

Updated January 2, 2021. See this twitter thread for details. Love them or not - chatbots, virtual assistants and other Conversational Interfaces (CUIs) are out there. Some are finding traction where use cases emerge that can unlock their potential. Here's a roundup...

Web Browsers for Responsive Front-End Development & Testing

Web Browsers for Responsive Front-End Development & Testing

Updated January 14, 2021. See this twitter thread for details. 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...

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 April 8, 2021. 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 March 3, 2021. 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 have...

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 Updated February 15, 2021. See this twitter thread for details. In 2018, I wrote about an emerging trend of tools that mingle visual design and code in ways that are notably different from typical...

iPad OS – Design & Illustration Apps Roundup

iPad OS – Design & Illustration Apps Roundup

Updated March 22, 2020 The latest Apple iPad Pro models, paired with Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, have helped move iPad OS toward being a viable standalone creative platform for designers and creative people on the go. Here's a roundup of iPad apps for Design...

An Unopinionated Roundup of Current UX Research & UI Testing Tools

An Unopinionated Roundup of Current UX Research & UI Testing Tools

Updated: February 20, 2021. 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...