If we asked you to list the most important qualities of a UX designer, things like creativity, empathy and technical skills would no doubt spring to mind. But aside from these fundamentals, what really separates the best from the rest? The answer is teamwork.
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?
What kind of tools do UX designers use? In this article, we talk you through the all the tools you might need throughout the UX Design process. From inspiration through to ideation and implementation.
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.
Is your portfolio as competitive as you’d like it to be? If not, you need Joe Natoli! Joe’s latest course is all about building and effective and impactful portfolio.
Yesterday he shared some tips in our Slack channel. If you missed the session you can check out the full transcript here.
There’s no single, authoritative recipe for a career in UX, which is both exciting and daunting, but taking a step back to create a plan for yourself is well worth the investment. Because once you set your goals, you can start taking the steps to get there. Here are seven books to dive into so you can take the next step in your UX career.
What is it that differentiates a junior from a senior UX professional? It’s not as simple as it sounds – both practitioners and employers should be aware that these “junior” and “senior” categorisations are fuzzy at best. They don’t always tell the full story of your experience when it comes to expertise and years of experience. Knowing which roles are right for you will help you navigate the job market and pave your own career pathway.
Are you a UX practitioner on the hunt for your next gig? As a relative newcomer to the world of UX, I’ve spent my fair share of time on job sites across the web. They’ve allowed me to look for future opportunities, get a feel for the market, what employers are looking for… and perks of course.
These sites could be the gateway to that new role, contract, or even a career in UX.
Creating a culture of user experience involves asking uncomfortable questions; the key is to navigate that friction so that people feel encouraged not just to contribute but also to question ideas.
A/B testing can help teams separate concerns and learn to disagree constructively. Minutia gets sorted out quickly, the work moves forward, and most importantly you help create a framework for challenging ideas, not people. Here’s how.
As consultants, we know there’s a right way to do websites. This belief often comes from a good place: We care about good design. We want to see it work.
But there’s a downside — we can get a touch judgy. We highlight everything that’s wrong with an organisation’s website (chaotic, redundant, and irrelevant), and feel duty-bound to point it all out.
The risk is that we end up ‘doing strategy’ to our clients. Looking through a content strategy lens, here’s how we can reframe the way we work and communicate with clients and stakeholders.