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Take it one step further and you can start selling sketch templates, like the people at Great Simple are doing: https://www.greatsimple.io/ :)
Probably look for the more ux-y end of the portfolios, for example: http://simonpan.com/
No-one ever claimed usability was the only aim of UX.
Donald Norman who coined UX has this to say about it: "User experience encompasses all aspects of the end-user's interaction with the company, its services, and its products."
And continues with "We should also distinguish UX and usability: According to the definition of usability, it is a quality attribute of the UI, covering whether the system is easy to learn, efficient to use, pleasant, and so forth. Again, this is very important, and again total user experience is an even broader concept."
Perhaps good to know that there are lots of classics to be found in the DN archives: https://www.designernews.co/search?q=design+podcast&t=everything
Concluding: if you lay your content out in an F pattern (navigation bar, plus rows of content) you'll see an F pattern emerge. If you don't, you don't.
I've worked on quite a few forms, so perhaps I can help you. Can you specify what you mean by very long/complex forms? Are we talking 10 questions, 20, or a 100?
Here's a good resource if you are indeed working with very long forms: https://paper.dropbox.com/doc/Organising-long-tasks-Save-and-return-jOJz53EyXrr2ulxtJPdSx
I grouped a few of my design tips in this slide deck: https://www.slideshare.net/sjors/design-better-forms-75498519
Here's some further solid advice: https://www.gov.uk/service-manual/design/form-structure and here some visual examples (with code :) https://govuk-elements.herokuapp.com/form-elements/
Also, perhaps good to know; you might encounter some friction between what's the best converting form and what's the most accessible form. In the end it's up to you to fight the right fight :)
I moved from The Netherlands.
It's probably been easier to find work then I expected. I hear your part on friends. Even if you find friends they are often of the international kind, and likely to move on again after a few years.
On the other hand, I think that the London design community has been a very welcoming home :)
I do want to warn you about an upcoming danger; after a year or two, it could get really hard to move back because your old friends back home are basically the same, while you feel you've become a completely different person.
Great idea. I moved to London a decade ago and haven't regretted it.
What turned out to be hard that you hadn't considered upfront? And what did you worry a lot about but turned out to be quite easy?
Don't click on the Simon Pan link at the bottom though, it might takes years before your self confidence recovers.
No problem, I quite enjoy tackling typography as if it's engineering :)
If you haven't come across it, there's an interesting bit of theory behind what the size difference should be between mobile and desktop type-sizes: https://ia.net/topics/responsive-typography-the-basics/
Also this short guide from the UK government design team gives some good basic advice: http://govuk-elements.herokuapp.com/typography/ I think you're already following them all, but it's still a good guide :)
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