Addressing a common question I get from design students.

Hello, Robbin here. I’m on the instructional design team at Designlab. I learned about UX there, became a product designer at Udemy, Yelp, and some smaller organizations. …


Organization makes you good at finding things

Some of us just really, really, really like keeping bookmarks. There’s so many things I might read someday! Look at this cool picture! I need to save a recipe! And all the things I’ve bookmarked for my work projects…!

Before you know it, you’ve got more than you’d like to…


A Buzzfeed-style list of designers whose portfolios have gotten them the job

Working with Designlab as a group critique facilitator, I usually set aside some time at the end for general Q&A. At least once a month, the question of balancing a case study in one’s UX portfolio comes up, and for good reason: it’s hard.


It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to explain the rules.

Last weekend, I was at Ragecon, a board game convention in Reno. On the drive back, my partner and I were talking about how much we liked the people who took the time to teach us how to play new games. It occurred to me that rule-explaining was extremely similar…


And it never really ends

People have asked me a lot of things about my design career, but the usual ones are: how did you work full time while taking a full-time design course? And what was it like to transfer from a support associate to a product designer? I mean, let’s be real, y’all…


Twenty-four hours well-spent on Netflix

Season 3 of Queer Eye came out this weekend on Netflix, and as usual, it is Life Giving. My best friend introduced the show to me when I was still learning about UX design in…gosh, 2017 now? Time flies. …


Or, my three holiday wishes as a designer

I’m writing from my dear friend’s house in Ludwigsburg, Germany this Christmas. This is the first year that I can say, “I’m a designer!” when people ask me during the holidays. (Okay, so I still can’t really explain it to people who are not familiar with the concept outside of…


Three months of learnings, post-Designlab, in the real world

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, and it’s because I’ve been super busy with work. Lots of people have been asking how the job has been, and while that’s an important question, I am way more excited to talk about the stuff I’ve actually used in Designlab in…


Some time ago, I talked to some students from Designlab about design challenges and potential interview questions for the last few minutes of a group critique. In my opinion, it’s important to know stuff like this, especially if it’s a present for Future You, because then you can have a…


The super short summary version, until I feel like publishing the super long version.

Ihave just signed and accepted the contract to move to the Product Design team at Udemy. This is probably the seventh draft of this article so far; I hadn’t posted it earlier when I passed my interview because the contract wasn’t there and I just didn’t want to risk anything

Robbin Arcega

Product designer, puzzling over UX. Crocheting in between. Tea at all times.

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