UX Job Tenures: Is Job Hopping Bad For Your Career?

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“Hmm…I don’t know about this candidate. His design skills are good… but he looks like a job hopper.” I looked at the resume again. Was management referring to the candidate’s last position, where he stayed for 9 months? It wasn’t an awfully long time, but to me I wouldn’t have labeled someone a job hopper just for staying somewhere under a year. … Read More

TUT #30: Design group critiques, what is onanism and what to do when you don’t hear back from job applications

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One of the unavoidables of being a UX designer: getting your design critiqued. Learn the subtle art of facilitating and participating in design critiques in this quick primer. Last year, the design-to-development company Avocode made a report about the trends they saw based on data from 2 million Sketch & Photoshop design files uploaded to their tool. Some interesting things to note: Sketch was more popular … Read More

Design Group Critiques: A Primer

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A group critique, according to the Nielsen Norman Group, refers to “analyzing a design, and giving feedback on whether it meets its objectives.” Group critiques can occur when collaborating with classmates in a UX course, during UX interviews and of course on the job as a UX designer. This often occurs in a group setting as a conversation with someone … Read More

UX Storytelling Techniques for Design Portfolios

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By Daljit Ahluwalia, UX Writer You passed the initial phone interview and now comes the final test to show potential employers what you are capable of: the UX portfolio presentation. You might wonder… “Which projects should I talk about?” “Should I just walk through projects on my website?” The purpose of the portfolio presentation is not only for recruiters and … Read More

TUT #28: Designing rituals, Marketing + SEO stats for UXers, and Job titles are dumb

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TUT is a UXBeginner publication, curating the latest user experience news & training.  A crack team of interaction designers from Stanford put together the Ritual Design Lab, which explores how designers can learn from the patterns of rituals “to develop better designs — that are engaging for users, and that offer more meaning to them.” Makes sense for a university that’s famous … Read More

TUT #27: Designing user flows before knowing functionality, a hack for case study design artifacts + upcoming design competitions

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❓Have you ran into the situation in which you’re tasked with designing a user flow before knowing the functionality? There’s multiple approaches, from using design conventions (as is suggested in the top answer) or communicating with your team to flesh out design options. If you’re ever looking for a good design challenge (or brain teaser), check out the StackOverflow’s UX … Read More

TUT #26: Illustration UI, designing with dummy content and what to do before sending that invoice

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[UXBeginner Updates]  The UX School Bundle promo price ends this Friday. Use the 50% off code “specialenrollment” before time runs out. 📋Still looking for more respondents to the 2018 UX Tools Survey. So far the most popular tools for design & writing are (no surprise) Sketch, InVision and Google Docs. This week’s top UX design + career articles… 🎨I’ve been obsessed with the gorgeous … Read More

How to Navigate the Ocean of UX Job Titles

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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

Tuesday UX Training #25: Top UX Podcasts, Best UX Communities and 100 UX Problems

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[UXBeginner Updates] New Resources & Surveys 📋The 2018 UX Tools Survey is live! This survey aims to identify the most common design tools & programs UX designers use on the job. We look forward to publishing results after accumulating sufficient responses, so please lend us a hand with this survey! NEW: Curated lists of Top UX Podcasts and Best UX … Read More