UX Weekly: Best UX Courses, UX Portfolio Tips, and Why Do We Interface?

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This week’s UX roundup has 2 UX articles, 3 design tools, 2 design quotes, 1 UX book recommendation, and 9 remote UX jobs. Want updates? Sign up for the UX newsletter here.

💎 UX NUGGETS 🔍

[courses] Best UX Courses from LinkedIn Learning

Remember Lynda.com? It was once a huge online learning site, and it still is – after being bought by Microsoft, Lynda has rebranded to LinkedIn Learning

In this new resource, get Oz’s top 10 UX course recommendations after scouring through 100+ other classes. These 10 ranges from learning design sprints to agile research and being a successful UX freelancer

(Mini bonus of using LinkedIn Learning – it’s already tied to your LinkedIn account, so completed course certificates show up on your profile.)


[article] What to Include in your First UX Portfolio

“I am currently pursuing UX design and I wanted to create my first portfolio. Could you tell me what a UX portfolio should consist of and where should I compile it? What all should I include? How should I present it? It would really help if you could give me some tips for this. — Radha” 

For many UX job postings, a portfolio to demonstrate your experience and design process is often a prerequisite for applying. While author Maddy Beard goes into greater detail in the article, here is a quick recap on her suggestions:

  1. Where should my portfolio live? Behance, Webflow, and Adobe Portfolio are 3 recommendations. 
  2. What should I include? Work, About, and Contact pages. 
  3. Which/how many projects should I include? 3-5 solid projects that show relevant skills, processes, values, and interests. 
  4. How should I present each project? Treat each case study like a story – introduce the problem, some possible solutions, the “why” and walk the reading through the steps you took to get to the final product. 

[IG post] Why your first UX case study should be a “throwaway” 

Oz, the founder of UXBeginner.com, shares his tips on getting started with your UX portfolio and what to do in your first design case study. 


[design tool] A collection of hand-crafted SVG icons for all of your prototyping and design needs → Heroicons


[podcast] Episode 93: Gaining Exposure as a Creative

The Honest Designers Show is a conversation between Tom Ross, Ian Barnard, Lisa Glanz, and Dustin Lee. In this episode, Tom asks Ian and Dustin how they share their work which leads to conversations over Behance, Dribble, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and more social platforms to display your work EVERYWHERE online.   


[article] 3 things to consider for your first UX job hunt

While the job market has been slowly picking up again, it is a stressful time for recent graduates and new career-changers in the job market. Even without a pandemic, the job hunt can be an overwhelming process of mindless applications into a black hole. 

Reading this article, I wish someone had advised me of the three things that Justin Lee mentions in this article – especially his first tip that encourages the consideration of smaller startups. 

I applied to a handful of startups listed on AngelList and BuildInBoston (BuiltIn is available in the U.S. in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle) but found myself interviewing for potentially the team’s sole designer. The idea of not having mentorship and guidance flared up my imposter symptom as someone without much professional experience under my belt. However, had I kept a more open-minded perspective on startups instead of competing with other junior designers in Boston, I could have locked in a job and started gaining experience a little sooner!

“Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you need to fulfill. Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”

Chadwick Boseman (in loving memory of our forever King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther who has recently passed away on August 28, 2020, from stage 4 colon cancer)

Redesigning the Sephora App: Driving Loyalty Through User-Centered Design with Andrew Birgiolas

Andrew Birgiolas, Senior Manager of Product Design at Sephora, presents a talk at Google’s 2019 Conversion Summit in NYC about how the design team at Sephora upgrades their beauty app through the usage of qualitative and quantitative research data. 


[upcoming event] San Diego Design Week (September 9-13, 2020) 

Free featured programming ranging from design talks to virtual exhibitions in arts, food & drink, sports, and more! Sign up to customize your own learning experience. 


[book] The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

Classified as a self-improvement genre, Twyla Tharp is a brilliant choreographer and dancer who shares her experiences with an interdisciplinary approach. Although this isn’t specifically a design book, The Creative Habit mentioned in the book is applicable to anyone who might be experiencing a rut in their creative pursuits. 


[design tool] Why Do We Interface?

An online micro-book that takes a historical look at interfaces to explain the importance of UI in past, present, and future design. One of the examples explored is the failure of Newton to take off in 1993 compared to the success of the iPhone in 2007. 

💼  REMOTE UX JOBS  💻

Visual & Interaction Designer

Hotjar democratizes site analytics and feedback by making it affordable and accessible to everyone.

Requirements: 4+ years of experience in product design and user-centric practices; solid experience writing component documentation; mastery of Figma and other design tools; natural inclination to always think MVP first

#greatperks #flexible #international

UX/UI Designer

Design Pickle is a graphic designer service. 

Requirements: 3+ years of relevant experience in front-end product design; portfolio with visual design chops; understanding of HTML and CSS

#greatperks #flexible #bigcompany

Product Designer

Netdata is an open source tool designed to collect real-time metrics and then display them in live, easy-to-interpret charts.

Requirements: 5+ years of relevant experience creating SaaS B2B products or developer focused products; experience working with data visualization skills, dashboards and/or products with a big focus on charts

#smallteam #unicornpotential #startup

Product Designer

SimpleTexting is a web-based platform for SMS marketing and business texting. 

Requirements: 3+ years of hands-on experience designing for digital products; bachelor’s degree in design or equivalent practical experience; a portfolio with multiple projects that demonstrate your skills creating usable digital experiences

#friendlycoworkers #smallteam #startup

Remote Senior UX Positions

Senior Product Designer

Box business of all sizes – in every industry – securely access and manage their critical information in the cloud.

Requirements: 5+ years of experience designing with a strong portfolio of design work; proficiency with leading design software such as Creative Suite, Sketch and other prototyping tools

#bigcompany #greatperks #friendlycoworkers

Senior Digital Product Designer

Momentum Design Lab specializes in human-centric customer experiences across digital product innovation, transformative business processes and inventive marketing

Requirements: 4-10 years of UX design experience; design using Sketch, Adobe XD, Principle, InVision, Zeplin.io; portfolio demonstration experience in software application design

#contract #flexible

Lead UX/Product Designer

Pixellu is a software company with a mission to simplify professional photographers’ lives. 

Requirements: 4+ years of experience in product design; data-driven decision making’ people and communication skills; thorough knowledge of the latest trends in UX/UI

#flexible #greatperks

About the Author

Kim Chung

Designer, foodie, and lover of aesthetics.

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