UX Beginner Case Study: Claire Campbell’s Journey into UX

Claire Campbell’s journey into a career in UX design is a far from conventional story. Claire had no previous experience of UX design before deciding to take an online, mentored course in the subject. Unlike many UX designers, Claire did not start out as a graphic designer, or a web developer, but had already established a successful career in the … Read More

Design Avocados

dedicated to Terri, who told me this story when I was a young whippersnapper In a previous post, I talked about a particularly challenging job assignment I had. In my darkest hour, a seasoned co-worker pulled me aside. She told me a story that left an imprint on me to this day. Now, I don’t know Terri just made it … Read More

2 Pivotal Lessons on Identity for Designers

Like many of you, I took a circuitous route that landed me in UX design.  After graduating, I started my career in a management rotation program. The program consisted of 6 rotations over 2 years, meaning I was changing jobs every 4 months. As an Econ major with no clue what I wanted to do, this was perfect for me. … Read More

The Text-First Portfolio

Creating a UX Portfolio is daunting. It’s been a long time since I’ve revised mine, and I’m dreading it. It’s going to take so much work! I realized that it wasn’t the amount of work that scares me, but it’s these factors instead: Making my portfolio eye-catching Redesigning my personal website Getting all project assets together to make my portfolio Then something struck … Read More

Finding a UX Job: Farming Vs Hunting

Dozens of tabs filled my browser window. I was applying to as many UX jobs as I could, and it was hard to not get overwhelmed. It felt like I was sending my resume into a digital black hole, with little chance of getting callbacks from recruiters. Granted, after dozens of job applications over several months, I finally landed my first UX job. It … Read More

Axure’s Ridiculously Useful, but Overlooked Features

A UXB member recently asked…”How do you make links in Sketch?” The simple answer is you can’t. Due to the popularity of Photoshop and Sketch – which are dedicated UI design tools – prototyping tools like Axure get overlooked. If Photoshop is the reigning queen of design software, then Sketch is the new hot girl in town. And Axure…is Ugly … Read More

UX Job Tenures: Is Job Hopping Bad For Your Career?

“Hmm…I don’t know about this candidate. His design skills are good… but he looks like a job hopper.” I looked at the resume again. Was management referring to the candidate’s last position, where he stayed for 9 months? It wasn’t an awfully long time, but to me I wouldn’t have labeled someone a job hopper just for staying somewhere under a year. … Read More

When Should You Start Your UX Job Search? (Sooner Than You Think)

  A year ago, I met an ambitious dude who was doing a 180 on his career. He wanted to switch from finance to UX. Why do I say ambitious? The goal was to completely switch industries within 3 months. So I prodded him for more details…what was his plan? What concrete things was he going to do to achieve this … Read More

The 1% Designer

    Catching up with old friends one night, I didn’t expect this comment. To them, my job, appearance, and general life trajectory has changed vastly since they last saw me. It came as a surprise because all the changes – becoming a UX Designer, picking up random skills – felt rather slow and gradual to me. But that’s the … Read More

Defeating Product Blindness

Customer: “Wait, I thought this place closes at 11pm?” Barista: “No, we close at 6” C: “But Yelp says 11pm!” B: “Yeah…that’s weird. Sorry.” This is a real interaction I overheard at the local coffee shop, but not the first time I’ve seen this interaction unfold. As a coffee & tea lover, it’s hard for me to find shops that open … Read More