[Intro guide] UX Research

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UX research is a broad discipline encompassing an array of specific practices. Its goal is to cut through the fog of assumptions and shine a light on the reality of who people are, what they do, and what they want. Article written by Emerson Dameron, UX Consultant, Content Strategist, and Writer based in Los Angeles. Design is about empathy, about … Read More

UX Cover Letters – a Step by Step Guide

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Nearly every job hunter has one part of the job application process that they hate – creating a resume, designing a portfolio, preparing for a job interview or writing a cover letter. In preparing for my personal launch into a UX career, creating cover letters has been one the most difficult parts of the process. | Written by Tara-Lee York, participant in the … Read More

Design Communication Toolkit – Part 1: Communication Styles

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Communication is a word that gets tossed around freely. UX managers and recruiters are looking for individuals with not just the right design chops but also good communication skills. I’m certain no one has ever gone in for an interview and said, “You know I have every technical skill you need, but to be honest my communication skills…frankly they suck.” … Read More

[Intro guide] The ROI of UX

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Article written by Meghan Hartman as part of the Design Writing Apprenticeship. The concept of “value” has been weighing on my mind as of late. I’ve been wrestling with some heavy questions like, how do I bring value to the world through my work? and, perhaps more importantly, how do I explain what I do in terms of the value I bring? … Read More

No One Cares How Much You’re Paid

I hear and learn interesting things from UX job coaching mentees all the time. “I have 3 projects to include in my portfolio, but only 1 of them was paid.” This assumes that unpaid projects are not as valuable as paid ones. And it makes some designers feel that unpaid projects aren’t worth including in their UX portfolios. Not true. Hiring managers and … Read More

List of Top UX Design Portfolios

This will be a continually updated list of UX Design Portfolios I admire  The UX portfolio. Annoyingly hard to build, ridiculously essential for getting a UX job. Throughout the years, I’ve been cataloguing & saving impressive UX portfolios. These portfolios all exhibit similar characteristics: in-depth case studies and clean design. Let’s dive in: Alan Shen Notable Case Study: Netflix – Immersive Storytelling Good … Read More

Know Your UX Terms: Common Words and Acronyms in User Experience Design

This is a guest post by Amber Stechyshyn, UX Designer and Content Fellow at Springboard. When starting out in a new field, one of the first things to adjust to is all the new terminology.  Job applications are full of them, networking event attendees use them casually, and many articles assume that you know exactly what they are. Glossaries and … Read More

Top 10 UX Portfolio Best Practices

There’s a sexy UX job you want to apply for. You’re putting the finishing touches on your UX portfolio. And since you don’t have time for in-depth training like The Ultimate UX Portfolio Course (or do you?), you want some tips you can implement TODAY. That’s what this post is for – a “quick hits” list of the Top 10 UX Portfolio … Read More

The Best UX Portfolio Building Tools

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Creating a UX Portfolio is hard enough. Luckily, there are a handful of tools that make the portfolio-building process much easier. Some tools are the obvious, popular ones. But I’m excited to share some “hidden gems” with you as well. My favorite UX Portfolio tools are organized in 4 different sections: Working with Text Working with Images Working with Videos Working … Read More

How to Get People to Fill Out Your Damn UX Surveys

Surveys are a staple of research work. If you’re a UX Designer working on a product (especially a new one), it’s likely at some point you’ll have to craft a survey. I think surveys are great – they can help you gain insights quickly from many people, often for cheap free. But surveys are only as useful as the number … Read More