“Why is receiving critical feedback always so hard?” — I have been struggling with this question for a while and I think I found several tactics that work. In the essay for Co.Design

Visual thinking and notetaking is a powerful tool that I believe should be taught in school. Anna Iurchenko, Product Designer at Google Health
via Design x Us

Glad to share my interview for Design x Us ! We chatted with Tasnim Merlin about my journey in design, what brought me to Google Health, what it means to be a healthcare designer and of course about visual thinking and storytelling and how it can empower designers!


How one team at Google established a sustainable crit culture

Designers are compiling a word “crit” using sticky notes

Design critiques create space to improve designs and allow participants to gain confidence presenting work and articulating design rationales. Despite being an undeniably useful ritual, often they fail because the process stays the same while the team and project evolve.

At Google Health, we’ve learned that taking a more collaborative…

Illustration by anatinge@

Five Figma templates and a guide to make your next remote retrospective awesome

Running a retrospective meeting is a great way to celebrate a team’s achievements. It’s also a safe environment where everyone can speak up about the things that are bothering them and share tough feedback without blame or judgment.

In this post, I share five frameworks that I’ve found helpful in…

Three ways to be productive while we work from home (WFH).

An illustration of a woman’s face surrounded by abstract distractions
Illustration by anatinge@

Finding focus and being in the flow become much more difficult once we switch to WFH mode. Some of us don’t have private space for a full day of work, while others need to take care of kids and constantly change gears. …

If you are starting your design career or thinking about what is next, you are maybe wondering if joining a big company (like Google, Uber, Dropbox) or a startup (20 -200 people) or maybe a design agency will be better for your career and professional growth.

I have worked at…

Jakob Nielsen’s general principles for interaction design were published 25 years ago and today they are still relevant and useful in design work.

We collaborated with Google’s UX Researcher Kris Liu to create this handy visualization of 10 Usability Heuristics.

I hung this poster next to my desk and while working on mockups often glance at it to make sure I don’t forget something important. Also when I need to explain design decisions to other designers or engineers ten heuristics are very helpful!

Sketchnote by anatinge@

I am often asked recommendations on what course to take to learn UX design. I have several favorite online resources and books that helped me in my UX journey (I am planning to write a post about this), but one of the most useful courses I took remains the Interaction…

Over the last year I drew all my notes at Stanford class on Design Thinking in a visual way that anyone can understand.

I captured the whole course of lectures in one fun, visual format that makes it very easy to explain some of the concepts or method of design thinking to a colleague or a friend.

I am planning to visualize 100 quotes and ideas about design and beyond. Below you can check several of them.

Please follow #100IdeasToInspireDesigners on Instagram to cheer me up and send me your favorite quotes about design that inspire you!

Anna Iurchenko

UX Designer at Google Health, board member IxDA San Francisco. I’m curious to understand people and I’m driven to build great products for them. Love sketching!

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