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

Set Higher Expectations for Yourself

On the drive home today, I listened to an incredible episode of This American Life (you can listen to it directly for free). The story is about Daniel Kish, a blind man who bikes, runs, and operates just as freely as those who can see. But this story is much more about a blind man. It’s about the power of expectation.  [su_quote cite=”Carol … Read More

Learn UI Design by Copying

Throughout most of our academic careers, we’ve been taught that copying is a bad thing. Getting caught copying an author’s work is considered plagiarism. Copying someone else during an exam can lead to expulsion. So it’s not a surprise that we have negative associations with copying, even to this day. But what about copying as a way to learn?  I’m … Read More

Should You Take Time Off Between Jobs?

A few months ago, my mother advised me: “Don’t quit your job until you’ve got another job lined up.” Sounds sensible enough. So I proceeded to do exactly the opposite and quit my job ~4 months ago. Without another job in hand. In this article I’ll share with you some ideas that helped me make this tough decision, and why … Read More

Take Me Seriously: Establishing Yourself as a UX Designer

World Usability Day comes once a year, and the one this past Thursday was one of my favorites. Someone asked the panel such a good question, I wrote it down in my notebook: You can also watch a Youtube video of the conference (I was behind the camera). I paraphrase the question below: [su_quote]I’m breaking into the UX industry, and … Read More

Hacker News UX+UI Redesign Process

A few weeks ago, I took a weekend to redesign one of my favorite sites, Hacker News. Having not done a redesign in a while, I knew the first thing I had to do was establish some baseline of why I was motivated to redesign the site. Original HN Design: news.ycombinator.com My HN Redesign:  TL;DR THE PROCESS I USED Heuristic … Read More