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🌱 Hi, welcome to my Digital Garden

I’m Trong, a product designer based in Singapore.

This is my 🌱 digital garden β€” a Β public notebook to 🌱 learn in public, write 🌱 evergreen notes, and plant the seeds for more ambitious works. Keeping a public log of what you build is an effective way to track your learning process.

It’s less than a blog but more than a tweet.

I send my best notes through emails bi-weekly. Subscribe if you're down with it.

Atomic Essays

Opinionated, shortform narrative writting

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Write first, present later

Write first, present later

Writing first and presenting later is one of the best pieces of advice I get in my career.
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The best ideas haven’t been created yet.

The best ideas haven’t been created yet.

There are always better ideas. Many people think all the ideas were already created. But here are some examples that
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I was laid off, here are some thoughts

I was laid off, here are some thoughts

On this page Well, I got laid off. This is the first time I have left a company without intention,
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Evergreen Notes

Loose, unopinionated notes on things I don’t entirely understand yet.

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Jan 13 2023

🌱 Ask for quick sharing right after every user interview

Doing this will help you synthesize user research 2x faster.
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Jan 12 2023

🌱 πŸ“— Whiteboard challenge Step-by-Step & Tips

Some companies will have a whiteboard design challenge. I will have one session next week. It will be a case
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Jan 08 2023

🌱 Building a product isn't about whether it can be built

But about if people need it. Learning to code might be wise. I think everyone should learn to code nowadays.
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Jan 06 2023

🌱 Moving my website to Ghost

I’m building an entirely new website with Ghost. My goal is ambitious β€” to make it my primary website. It
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Jan 04 2023

πŸ“— Interviewing & Rejection

Yesterday I had only one interview with a designer from a big crypto company. The interviewer is very nice, kind,
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Jan 04 2023

🌱 Powerful life hacks for career, health, and relationship

Sahil Bloom is my greatest resource for learning. His newsletter and Twitter content always give me new and powerful lessons.
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Dec 29 2022

πŸ“— Two more chats with HR, and it was good

But today, I got two chats with HR from two new companies. Both are crypto companies, one is a startup,
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Dec 22 2022

πŸ“— Chat with Viki Recruiter

I had a Chat with a recruiter from Rakuten this morning. He's very nice and warm. Talking with him is
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Dec 21 2022

πŸ“¨ Letter from Audience #01

πŸ’ŒHi Trong, I am Yurong, a product designer based in Singapore. I chanced upon your article on LinkedIn and when
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Dec 20 2022

πŸ“— Chat with a crypto company and ex-colleagues

I’ve had a chat with HR from a crypto company. He set up a 1-hour interview, but it only
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Dec 19 2022

πŸ“— Chat with a recruiter from a 3D AI Startup

Today I will have two chats with HR. I did one this morning with E. Their product is innovative. Building
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Dec 18 2022

πŸ“— An ex-colleague asked to refer me to a company

Today is Sunday. There’s no more reply from companies. But I have some chat next week. Around 4 chats
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Dec 16 2022

πŸ“— One chat with HR and one more invite to chatting

Today is Friday, and there is no job that is in the interview yet. Most of the meetings are with
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Dec 15 2022

πŸ“— Getting some replies from companies that I applied

Today I got some replies from some places that I applied: Viki Rakuten, and Coinhako. I also applied to some
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Dec 14 2022

πŸ“— The first official day to look for a job

Today is Wednesday. The first official day for me to look for a job. Seems like not many companies are
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Dec 13 2022

🌱 Folders kill creativity

The folder structure defines specific content belonging to one category. The content is stored in the same place, but they
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