Minimum Viable UX Portfolio

Ah, the portfolio…the magic key to the UX universe. In terms of hiring anyway. Nowadays a UX portfolio is required for many good reasons: it highlights your work and shows your process as a UX Designer. Job listings nowadays often say “link to portfolio” required or “no submission without a portfolio will be considered.” This is also to separate the number … Read More

How to Remember the 3 Vital UX Laws (and impress your interviewers)

  In a competitive UX job market, those who pay attention to the details and ask the high-level questions stand out. Questions like: Do our designs solve problems in the best possible way?  Here’s a quick and effective framework to answer that very question: Know Your Usability Laws + Test Your Designs  It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how often the classic … Read More

UX Beginners: How to Move Beyond UX Tools

Every craft requires its tools. Carpenters have their drill bits and utility belts. Accountants have Excel. Digital creatives have…an endless number of tools at their disposal. Because the internet. Thus it’s no surprise that one of the top questions I get about working in UX Design is: “What tools do you use?” I used respond by explaining the tools I use and … Read More

The Last Post You’ll Read On Whether UX Designers Need to Learn Code

This is the #1 question I get asked by UXBs: Do UX Designers need to know how to code? It’s one the most contentious topics in the design community today. With the tech world moving at such a fast pace, hiring getting more competitive, and the proliferation (and consolidation) of roles…this all adds up to a lot of confusion in the marketplace. … Read More

How to evaluate UX jobs at Agencies vs Startups vs Big Companies

Searching for your first UX job is a big deal. If it’s going to be something that consumes at least 8 hours of your day, every day, for the next X months years, you better know what you want, and what you’re going for. In your job search, you’ll come across an extremely diverse set of companies looking for UX talent – … Read More

How to Navigate the Ocean of UX Job Titles

One real (but kinda silly) barrier to entering the UX job market is the sheer number of confusing UX Job titles. Today, I’m going to help you navigate, understand, and evaluate the many UX job titles and descriptions you are bound to come across. Why The Problem Exists  User Experience is a very broad term, which is one of the root causes of … Read More

How to Get a UX Job with No Professional UX Experience

It’s not unusual to come across a UX Job posting that reads like this: “7+ years of professional experience as a UX Architect, expert in interaction design, front-end web development…” UX is still being formalized as a field right now. Whoever has that much experience is probably a top-dollar consultant, has his/her own business or wrote a book on it already. All … Read More

Should You Pay for a UX Design Course?

You’re strapped for time…how do you choose between taking a free UX class or shelling our money for a paid course?  This article is going to specifically focus on the merits of free versus paid UX courses, which includes individual courses, certificates and immersive programs. Various other forms of UX education such as events, seminars and degree programs will be … Read More

How I Transitioned into UX from Business

My transition into UX was a long and slow one. It took many “ah-hah” moments in succession to finally leave a comfortable business analyst job and switch over to something I was more passionate about. Here is my journey: Entrepreneurship as the goal, from start to finish Soon after starting my first job out of college, I joined a weekly meetup … Read More