Should You Pay for a UX Design Course?

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Relevant: here’s a curated list of the best free and paid UX courses. Prospective UX designers often wonder whether they should spend money on UX classes. Get an informed decision by considering the 2 dimensions of free vs paid courses and in-person vs online training: Free Online UX Courses (skip to section) Paid Online UX Courses (skip to section) Free In-person UX Training (skip … Read More

To transition into UX, don’t ignore your past

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2 things surprise me about students transitioning into UX. The first is their diversity of backgrounds. I’m talking architects, nurses and engineers. The second is that they often dismiss their prior professions. “How do I transition into UX from a TOTALLY different background?” As a UX career coach, I challenge my students on this. “Is it so different?” I don’t … Read More

TUT #32: New UX FAQ page, UX becoming a commodity & 2018 design trends

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Launched: the brand new UX frequently asked questions page. After curating hundreds of questions from readers via email, Facebook and my own career coaching, I present you the top questions & answers across 4 categories. If you have a question about UX careers, this page is likely to have an answer for you. Highlight: Select a jump link to skip to … Read More

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