TUT #42: New UX Salaries Data, Rethinking “Useless” Products and UX ROI Case Studies


MeasuringU put out an in-depth study of UX salaries in America. The top 3 factors that affect salaries are where you live (Silicon Valley still pays the most), experience level and company size/type.

  • Highlight: “The median (U.S.) Salary is $95,000. Each year since 2005, the inflation adjusted median salary hasn’t changed much as it’s fluctuated within a range between $97K and $103K.”

Products like the Sock Slider or Avocado Slicer are often mocked, but this illuminating Vox article explores how seemingly “useless” products can be incredibly useful for those with disabilities.

  • Highlight “…The sock slider and an extended shoe horn represent freedom; imagine being literally unable to put on socks unassisted before leaving the house on a cold winter day, and not being able to slip your socked feet into a pair of sturdy boots on your own.”

Whether you’re writing a case study or convincing an executive to buy into UX design, find inspiration in this roundup of UX ROI case studies by Toptal. Contains several examples of projects that benefitted from UX – along with useful metrics!

  • Highlight: “After a three month UX redesign project that significantly improved basic usability issues like consistency, simplicity, user flow, system feedback, Music & Arts’ online sales increased around 30% year-over-year.”

Framer has long been known as the tool of choice for code-savvy designers. This in-depth teardown of the new Framer X explores capabilities of the new product update. The ability to prototype with real data looks extremely promising. The gap between design & code is quickly closing!

  • Highlight: “You can embed actual media players (that actually stream and play music and video) within your prototypes. Or, you can embed graphs with real-time stock market data. Or how about a component that can translate your prototype’s UI into other languages…”

I recently learned that the column view within Mac OS’s Finder is called a Miller column, which is a method of visualizing tree-structures. Explore this StackOverflow question “How do I search in Miller columns?” for an exercise in interaction design. I think the answer (highlighted below) is a great start. What do you think?

  • Highlight: “Highlight only the searched term and nothing else. If I look for “foo”, I won’t care about “foo parent”, “foo grandparent” and “foo dinosaurs father of them all foo”. At least not on the beginning, because I’m literally looking for FOO.”

The more I work with designers to advance their careers, the more I notice the pattern of getting stuck in one stage of the job hunting process. From “I should perfect my portfolio before I apply,”  to “I don’t feel ready to interview ,” the biggest barriers are often the ones we place in front of ourselves. Read the Lean UX Job Hunt Strategy to learn a more efficient way to go about the job search process.

Keep learning,
Oz, founder @ UXBeginner, instructor @ UX School

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Oz first started UX Beginner was a way to document his own journey to become a UX designer. Now the site helps thousands of professionals transition into the user experience field with UX career resources, articles and courses.

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