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

Two Common UX Career Paths

You’re entering the UX field, or have been in it for a couple years. You’re probably asking yourself: “What’s next?” With UX being such a broad field with a near infinite amount of things to learn, it can be hard to navigate to next point on your career path. This article aims to break down two common paths for you … Read More

The 4 Types of UX Interview Questions to Master

So can you tell me about KPIs you used to measure the outcome of this design? I froze. Beads of sweat formed on my forehead. I didn’t know how to answer the interview question and stumbled through with a half-assed response. _ _ _ Interviewing used to be one of those painful, tedious chores for me. That’s because I didn’t understand … Read More

Are We in a UX Job Bubble? [Mar 2015]

People are concerned that we’re in the midst of a UX job bubble. And they have a right to be. “UX” is now corporate jargon used as a filler word anytime there’s a discussion regarding design or digital strategy. Anyone could throw up “UX” in their LinkedIn profile and probably get messaged from a recruiter somewhere. Now that we see UX … Read More

“Users Are Stupid”

This is a guest post from Christine Ramirez, a UX/UI Designer and Art Director hailing from sunshiny Boulder, Colorado. She’s worked with several brands like Mercedes-Benz and Goldman-Sachs and writes about managing a career in design on her site. Every so often, I hear in various different ways that users are stupid. “Why are our users confused with the sign-up process?” … Read More

Top UX Interview Mistakes to Avoid

These interview tips will increase your chance of getting a job by 21.43% I just made up that figure, but I’m sticking to it.  Let me begin this post by saying that I’ve bombed my fair share of interviews. I’ve experienced interview failures from all spectrums of the rainbow, from arriving late to trying too hard to impress everyone. In fact, my failures … Read More