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

UCLA Extension User Experience Design Class – Detailed Review

For those of you who want a solid intro to user experience in a traditional class setting, UCLA Extension puts forth a damn good offering. I’ll be writing specifically about my experience with the Fall 2012 User Experience Design course taught by professors Jaime Levy and Mark Sloan. Both professors are extremely talented and run their own user experience design … Read More

Cal State Fullerton User Experience Certificate Program – Review

CSUF’s UX Certificate program is in its early years of experimentation, but has already gained a strong reputation in Orange County. Unlike the more established UCLA UX Design (link), CSUF’s UX courses may undergo drastic change with each iteration. Thus keep in mind that the following review is for courses taken in the Fall 2012 – Winter 2013 Certificate track. … Read More