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ONE YEAR EARLIER, MY BEDROOM

I flipped over in bed. My snoozed alarm clock glaring back at me. I know I should get out of bed, but the more I looked at the time, the more I wanted to pull the covers over my head.

How the hell do people do this?

Ever since I could remember, I’ve always woken up just in time. I meticulously calculate the time it takes for me to get ready, commute to my destination in exchange for a few precious minutes of slumber. I was consistently a sleepyhead.

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Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

TODAY, MY BEDROOM

I stretched out in bed, disabled my alarm clock before it went off. I got out of bed, energized. Washed up, had some coffee, laced my shoes, and out the door for my morning run. …


Why I started drawing at 24

My pre-bedtime ritual now has a new event line-up — drawing. I know it sounds kiddy but this is also Medium and people don’t write about silly things here. Or, do they?

How I started drawing

A budding desire to feel less like a phony designer blossomed into a love for graphite and lines.

To be clear, I have never drawn professionally or been trained in the arts. My past drawings resemble the works of a 6-year old kid. I started drawing because I imagine it would sharpen my design sensibilities.

I began by outlining simple shapes and learning how to shade. I followed YouTube tutorials — Art of Wei, Paul Priestley — that went through the basics of sketching. The narration of their sketch process made it a lot easier to understand light and structure. …


(That are less annoying and drive more conversions)

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Yea, the Internet Agrees

Freemium products often teeter on the edge of being downright annoying

No surprises there.

Striking a balance between business goals (to drive conversion) and user goals is often elusive and difficult. In this article, I will be sharing how to design less annoying upgrade prompts and paywalls that still convert users.

In a nutshell, Timing + Transparency + Tone = Less Annoying Paywalls

1. Timing / Relevance:

As with any successful marriage proposal, where you ask, when you ask and how you ask matters.

The right moment to propose an upsell varies from product to product (and user to user). …


Why I am not on LinkedIn

In today’s digital age, it might be surprising why I eschewed LinkedIn altogether.

Back in school, my university even had a mandatory career preparation course where we had to create a LinkedIn profile as part of the module passing criteria. While the course imbued me with employability fundamentals, I weighed the pros and cons of LinkedIn and eventually decided to delete my LinkedIn profile.

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Reasons I’m not on LinkedIn:

1. Content Uniformity

I prefer to have greater control over the display of my professional life, such as in the form of a personal website. …

About

Megan Ng

Life is a series of experiments and Medium is the one you’re reading about.

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