Finding a mentor can have a significant positive effect on career development, but mentors aren’t that easy to come by.
We thought we’d do something about that.
Experienced UX designers know that you have the upper hand when it comes to securing the roles that you want. In fact, it’s common for UX designers to receive multiple job opportunities and offers. But that doesn’t mean you can slack off when it comes to your resume. Otherwise, you’ll find your competition one step ahead of you. So how can you make sure your secure your next dream job?
Landing a job as a company’s only user experience pro is an amazing opportunity. It means having the ability to shape and guide the design of an entire organisation. On the flipside, it’s a major challenge. There will be battles against corporate biases, conflicting business needs, and results-driven culture.
So how can you succeed In such a difficult position? How can a UXer go about creating a culture of great user experience?
As more and more organisations become focused on creating great experiences, more teams are being tasked with conducting research to inform and validate user experience objectives.
UX research can be extremely helpful in crafting a product strategy and ensuring that the solutions built fit users’ needs. But it can be hard to know how to get started. This article covers all the basics: from setting research objectives to choosing the method so you can uncover the information you need.
As a designer, what gets you out of bed in the morning? What really motivates you to do meaningful work? The Japanese have a great word: ikigai. It has no direct translation into English, but roughly means your level of happiness in life, or your ‘reason for being’.
As you can see in the chart below, you can achieve ikigai—meaning in life—if you can find the right balance of 4 things: passion, mission, vocation, profession.
‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin died last year at the age of 27 when a Jeep pinned him against a gate and brick pillar outside his home. It turns out that his Jeep’s gearshift was poorly designed.
Poor Anton didn’t realise that the Jeep was in neutral when he got out, so it rolled backwards down the driveway, crushing him. It turns out, a mismatched mental model could be to blame. And more importantly, here’s how you can avoid Jeep’s mistake by using them with your team.