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.

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

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 a lot to do with factors such as: Team sizes and...

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: June 4, 2020 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 appreciate the importance of iterative user...

An Unopinionated Roundup of Current Prototyping Tools

An Unopinionated Roundup of Current Prototyping Tools

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 overlooked a specific product or seems biased. I've created a running...

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 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 and other...

Mobile Data-visualization has a Y Axis Problem

Mobile Data-visualization has a Y Axis Problem

There is a 'trendy' design pattern, many years in use, of not displaying the Y axis on a chart in some financial mobile apps. I first noticed this in the app Robinhood. But I’ve also seen it in apps such as SoFi. Sadly, despite advocating for a change, these apps are...

New Presentation Tools Breaking Boundaries

New Presentation Tools Breaking Boundaries

Updated 05/29/2020 to include additional services. See this twitter thread for details. What is a "Presentation" in the post-PowerPoint era? There's a subtle shift in the Presentation tools landscape that's been emerging lately. Products like Google Slides, Zoho Show,...