Knowing where we have been is how we know where we will go next.

Services such as 23andMe have gained such popularity in recent years that they have raised $82.5 million in early December 2020, even though layoffs have happened earlier in the year. In October 2012, Ancestry.com, another popular DNA testing company (who has been profitable since 1996!) was sold for $1.6 billion. The global interests in the horoscope, dated back thousands of years, further confirm our shared obsessions over where and when we come from, and the meanings of such information. …


By recognising & addressing these traits, we can develop healthier workplaces, and produce better designs together.

three women sitting at the table
three women sitting at the table
Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash

“Half of a designer’s job involves soft skills.” I’m not sure who said that, but it’s so far proven to me to be true. Early in my career, I was naïve enough to believe Design is only about craft, the hard skills. Design practised in silo is far behind many of us. In its most basic form, a good design is the result of effective collaboration between the designer(s) and their client (or stakeholders) via a continuous feedback loop. A designer’s job, besides picking colours and kerning letters, is to facilitate the design through an iterative process. …


A hopeful analysis of the Design industry during crisis.

Laptop with Photoshop opened, COVID-19 text is across the screen. Phone with COVID news on the phone next to laptop.
Laptop with Photoshop opened, COVID-19 text is across the screen. Phone with COVID news on the phone next to laptop.
Photo by Pierre Bamin on Unsplash

It’s been more than 3 months since the WHO declares COVID-19 as a global pandemic. In April 2020, the UN labour agency said cutbacks equivalent to nearly 200 million full-time workers are expected in just three-month time. According to the agency, retail and wholesale sectors have seen impacted most with 482 million workers affected. Meanwhile, other industries such as manufacturing, business services and administration, food and accommodation are seeing 463 million, 157 million, and 144 million jobs affected, respectively.

There’s no such numbers found for the design industry, or any other creative industries, which sector contributes more than AU$90 billion


Mar 2021 Newsletter — Letter #9

The Covid pandemic has undoubtedly changed the world; how we live & work. The tech industry’s working structure is getting flatter than ever. More & more companies let their employees work from home or be more flexible with how work is being done. As a result, we’ve become more reliant on digital tools. Digital Proficiency has been said to be one of the most valued skills in the next decade.

MakeStuffUp.Info was initially created to help designers & digital makers create the digital space, so we can all benefit from a healthier & more equitable digital world.

We hope the…


Feb 2021 Newsletter — Letter #8

To anyone who celebrates Lunar New Year, we wish you an industrious & fruitful year ahead of you. We don’t have any lucky money 🧧 for you 😅, only some new resources & tools. Check them out below 👇.

Good Stuff of the Month:

Airtable is not a new player in tech, but new to our collection. Founded in 2012, Airtable aims to provide the flexibility that anyone can take advantage of their business. Described by the company as a spreadsheet with the power of a database (and they’re not kidding), you use Airtable to build CRMs, manage any projects…


Jan 2021 Newsletter — Letter #7

So far, 2021 hasn’t been the year of good news as everyone hoped. The pandemic & the civil struggles in America continue to affect a vast majority of people. For our community members who are residing in the US, we hope you’re staying safe & continuing fighting for the good fight of an equal & equitable society. For now, we can at least celebrate Trump being banned from most of the internet.

Good Stuff of the Month

Ruined By Design by Mike Monteiro seemed particularly apt to be Good Stuff of January 2021. Published in 2019, the book reflects how…


And I patiently wait for what 2021 will bring.

What a year it has been! 2020 was HARD. Time Magazine even rated 2020 “the worst year ever”. Like most people, I had a turbulent year, and yet, 2020 was also one of the most transformative years I’ve experienced so far. Besides everything else that was taking place in the world, I made the leap over to the freelancing territory; not just after hours, but full-time self-employed. What a year I’d picked! But, I am here, surviving (barely). That’s a win, a big win.

An activist protests in a mask, talking to a megaphone
An activist protests in a mask, talking to a megaphone
Photo by Maria Oswalt on Unsplash

Don’t get me wrong, I did go through precisely 1 burnout and a very few depressive…


Dec 2020 Newsletter — Letter #6

This is it! Our last MakeStuffUp.Info newsletter of the year & we’re going out with a bang. We came across some mind-blowing resources this month. Check them out! 👇

Good Stuff of the Month

Using frameworks to increase productivity are common for developers but not for designers. SystemFlow is gonna change that. SystemFlow is a robust “ Designer-First, utility Framework for Webflow & Figma”. If you’re a fan of Webflow, SystemFlow is a must-have. By using Systemflow, you can build high-quality websites twice as fast, moving seamlessly from Figma to Webflow, while maintaining a Design System from the get-go. …


November 2020 Newsletter — Letter #5

Oprah giveaway GIF with a Figma logo on top of Oprah
Oprah giveaway GIF with a Figma logo on top of Oprah
Figma Plugins for everyone!!

This month, we’re doing something a little different & added a ton of new Figma Plugins to the site. Check them out below!

  • Content Reel lets you create custom content & share it with other Figma users so you can design more efficiently by pulling text strings, images & icons. Much similar to Craft in Sketch, but more powerful. You can find Content Reel under Tools > Product Design > Content.
  • You wanna create animations directly in Figma instead of opening After Effects? Figmotion is the plugin for you. Figmotion is built with web technologies in mind, allowing a smoother…


September 2020 Newsletter — Letter #3

Spooky season is here. Do you celebrate Halloween where you are? If so, how are you doing it this year? We don’t celebrate Halloween down under in Australia, so we don’t have candies for you, only the latest & best tools around.

Good Stuff of the Month:

Calendly is our scheduling of choice. Owned & operated by Black founders, Calendly offers an easy solution for meeting scheduling without the back-and-forth emails. Working as a consultant? You can get paid with each booking via Stripe or Paypal integrations. …

shay.

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