Where does one start in the vast world of UX?

If you’re visiting UX Beginner for the first time, it’s likely you fall into one of these 3 buckets:

  1. You’re new to UX and want to explore the basics, maybe even consider a career path in this field.
  2. You just graduated from college or a UX bootcamp, and wonder what the next step is
  3. You want to transition into your first UX job

As someone who has transitioned into UX from a completely non-design career (I was a business analyst), I share a unique perspective on quick, actionable things beginners can do to land their first job in this amazing industry.

That’s what inspired my Beginner’s Manifesto, explains why this site is called UX Beginner, and the benefits of having a beginner’s mindset.

Otherwise, you can jump in right away and start my my most popular posts.

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Join the UX Newsletter

Want to keep a pulse on the industry as a UX careerist? About once a week, I send out an email that contains the latest UX article, my favorite reads from the past week, and even send out freebies and templates:

Tip: The best way to keep getting UX career advice is to move UXBeginner.com to your  “Primary” inbox, especially if you’re using Gmail.

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Make sure to “whitelist” or “safelist” my email address – uxbeginner@gmail.com – or your email service might treat them as spam before you even get to read them.

UX Beginner Facebook Page

The UX Beginner Facebook Page is a different animal; I curate interesting UX + design links and update about once a week. It’s fun for you because I actually read each link and summarize why it matters: 

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I’ll also make important announcements (new posts, product launches) as well.

After liking the Facebook Page, click the little dropdown arrow and select “Get Notifications.”

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Survey Share (Open Facebook Group)

Many of you are in a UX bootcamp or just trying to get feedback on a project idea. This Facebook group allows you to openly post and contribute to other people’s surveys (good karma!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/surveyshare/

Anyone is allowed to join. Please no spammers and post good surveys :D

UX Beginner: Design Community (Private Facebook Group)

The UXBeginner: Private Facebook Community is a tight knit community of UX designers who help each other out with critiquing portfolios, filling our surveys, and inside tips on the job search.

This private community stays active because of these Group Rules which helps reduce spam and increase valuable conversation.

There are just 3 criteria to join:

  1. New members must belong to 30 or less other Facebook groups. Due to the number of members requesting to join, this is a way to allow in those who are likely to be more engaged, as compared to other potential members who belong to hundreds of other groups.
  2. Must have a Facebook photo – No robots or fake profiles. Having a photo also helps strengthen the community by giving other users some sense of your identity.
  3. Must be a legitimate user – I may not approve members whose accounts are solely created to promote the brand of a certain company. Membership won’t be extended to Facebook users with a newsfeed full of naked links (posted links without context) or promotions.

Read this far? 

Ask to join the UXB: Design Community Facebook group. If approved, please uphold the Group Rules. There’s only a few guidelines, but they’re important factors in making the community better for you and everyone else.

Thanks and hope to see you on the other side :)