Medium – a Setup Guide for Designers

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So, what’s Medium? Questions that haunt every UX Beginner: How do I get noticed in the industry? How do I make myself stand in the crowd of new UX Designers?  What are the steps that I need to take to attract clients as an independent consultant or my preferred employer?   As getting started in UX becomes more accessible, it’s … Read More

Common Pitfalls of Survey Design (And How to Avoid Them)

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Welcome to the second part of the Beginner’s Guide to Writing Great Surveys.  The first part of this guide explained how to draft a series of survey questions that will provide you with the data that you most need, based on your goals. In this article you will learn some of the common survey pitfalls and how you can avoid … Read More

LinkedIn Profile Guide For UX Beginners

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Linkedin is the largest professional network on the web. According to Linkedin, the social network now has over 400 million users. That’s a huge opportunity missed in your job search if you don’t have an optimized and professional Linkedin profile! | Written by Tara-Lee York, UX designer and participant in the Design Writing Apprenticeship. Linkedin has many features that can … Read More

The Myth of the UX Degree

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“Hmm, I know I don’t have a formal design background, but I think, um, my experience as an engineer and PM is certainly going to help…” Here I was, at my first-ever UX job interview, trying to convince a total stranger that I can be a UX designer. I could hear the insecurity flying through my shivering body. I’ve never … Read More

Design Communication Toolkit – Part 2: Giving Design Feedback

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You worked hard. Maybe you even spent hours toiling over the pixels, the placement, the idea your design was conveying. And then come those terrible, dreadful, no-good words. “I just don’t like it.” Nails. On. Chalkboard. How is that helpful?! What ever happened to constructive criticism?! It’s all you can do to keep yourself from rebutting with a childish comeback. … Read More

Beginner’s Guide to Design Thinking Methodologies

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Introduction Yes, user experience, human centered design, usability; all those things, even affordances. They just sort of entered the vocabulary and no longer have any special meaning. People use them often without having any idea why, what the word means, its origin, history, or what it’s about. Don Norman in conversation with Peter Merholz _ _ _ Sonja is a … Read More

Beginner’s Guide to Writing Great Surveys

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A UX researcher is constantly asking: what do users think and experience while using our product. Why did they choose it and how do they use it? Surveys are popular with UX practitioners, as well as marketers, social scientists, ethnographers, and strategists to answer these questions. UX Bootcampers can use surveys to test an idea for a new product in … Read More

The Beginner’s Guide to Conversion Centered Design

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Until recently, marketers have had a lock on several persuasive design techniques, often referred to as conversion centered design (CCD). Usually found on landing and order pages, these techniques employ psychological principles that advertisers have relied upon for decades. | Article written by Sara Hov, UX Content Strategist Now, savvy UX designers are starting to apply some of these proven … Read More

[Intro guide] UX Research

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UX research is a broad discipline encompassing an array of specific practices. Its goal is to cut through the fog of assumptions and shine a light on the reality of who people are, what they do, and what they want. Article written by Emerson Dameron, UX Consultant, Content Strategist, and Writer based in Los Angeles. Design is about empathy, about … Read More

UX Cover Letters – a Step by Step Guide

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Nearly every job hunter has one part of the job application process that they hate – creating a resume, designing a portfolio, preparing for a job interview or writing a cover letter. In preparing for my personal launch into a UX career, creating cover letters has been one the most difficult parts of the process. | Written by Tara-Lee York, participant in the … Read More