It’s common for newcomers to UX to experience a moment of absolute panic when they discover they need a portfolio. “But how can I build a portfolio when I have no experience?” they ask. The usual online advice is to help a local small business, find a friend with a startup, volunteer for a non-profit, or create a hypothetical project. But the details are often lacking. Lynne Davies bridges the gap by sharing her experience of how she built up her portfolio, and what she learnt along the way.
Ahead of the Mobile UX London conference this month, we chatted to Sandra Gonzalez, conference host and Principal UX Designer at Just Eat. Since joining the online food order and delivery service at the start of the year, Sandra has built the company’s Digital Brand Studio from scratch and delivered the latest product redesign. Sandra talks to us about best practice in UX design, where she see’s the industry heading, and how UX design is making the world a better place.
When you’re starting out in your UX career, it’s hard to know where to begin. Specialist or generalist? Design or research? Or maybe you want to try a bit of everything. We collected some of the most inspiring advice from the UX Mastery community to help guide you through the confusion.
What are the elements of a project we should be thinking about to help bring people together to make meaningful things as a team? What does making meaningful work mean to you? Dan Szuc and Josephine Wong share their hard-won insights on creating a more harmonious work environment, but may leave you with more questions than answers.
Owning your mistakes in UX isn’t as simple as it sounds. How do you own up to your mistakes without compromising your standing in your company? Leigh Gamon shares how you can create the right balance and keep learning without compromising your career.
Charge your tech and get your sketchpads ready. It’s almost time for UX Australia, one of our favourite events on the calendar. We can’t wait to spend four days with UXers from around the country talking about everything UX – from the tiny details to the big picture.
Great design is unambiguous. Everyone should be able to understand the point of the design, regardless of their background, experience, and taste. Do you agree? Alex Palmer shares his thoughts on what makes great design great (and how you can be a great designer too).
UX is an exciting profession – often at the forefront of new and innovate product development efforts and frequently allowing for a steady flow of intriguing work activities. But work activities aren’t everything. UX careers expert Cory Lebson has the word on why stepping out of your routine is a good idea for your career.
Keeping stakeholders happy (and getting along) can make or break your project. In this second exclusive excerpt from his new book ‘Think First’, Joe Natoli explains shows how to ask your stakeholders the right questions to make sure your project doesn’t get derailed.
When you arrive at your first UX job you’ll find conditions a little different than they were in the classroom. Balsamiq’s Leon Barnard breaks down how you can navigate UX in the real world and find success.