When you think about the people you love, you want the very best for them. You want to make things delightful and keep them magical. As designers, we can leverage this way of thinking to provide more immersive, engaging experiences for our users.
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.
In November, we’re taking a close look at how psychology and neuroscience help us design for people. Inspired by Susan Weinschenk’s book of the same name, this month we’re exploring how to get close to our users – essential in our line of work.
Most importantly, we want to hear from YOU! Read on to find out how to get involved.
When you’re on the hunt for your next UX role, your portfolio can make or break your chances of scoring an interview. We know how important it is to craft a UX portfolio that tells the story of your most important projects and how you work.
We’ve hand-picked the best advice on portfolios from Joe Natoli’s recent Ask the UXperts session.
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.
We love books here at UX Mastery. Without a doubt, reading is one of the most straightforward and accessible ways to build up your UX knowledge. Even better is having the opportunity to discuss, question, and confirm your understanding with your peers.
That’s why we decided to start the UX Mastery online book club. With so many fantastic books on UX and related topics, we hope we can give you that extra motivation to get reading.
During March, we were lucky to host Susan Weinschenk and Andy Vitale in our Ask the UXperts Slack channel.
In keeping with the theme of stakeholder management, each offered their views on how UXers can successfully navigate the challenges of working with different areas within organisations. Today we’re highlighting a few of their key insights.
There’s no feeling as universally common yet isolating as imposter syndrome. The fear that you’re not the magical unicorn with the medley of skills and experience that everyone expected.
For UXers just starting out, this feeling is practically a prerequisite. What other group of people are meant to have extensive skills in research, design, strategic thinking, data and psychology? Oh and to add to this list, user experience designers are meant to have EXPERIENCE.
But we all have to start somewhere. Here’s how the experts cope when imposter syndrome rears its ugly head.
Where do you see yourself in the next five or ten years? Leading a multidisciplinary in-house UX team? Presenting on stage at your favourite UX conference? Hosting a UX meetup?
These are all ways you can take on a leadership role in UX. Last week, we looked at the essential qualities of UX leaders. This week, our UXperts share their advice on overcoming barriers and practical tips to steer your career in the right direction.
Laser-focused, innovative, patient, authentic. These are all qualities we look for in our leaders. For ambitious UXers, leading a team, a company, or even the field, is probably in your sights.
What qualities do you need to become a UX leader? And what defines UX leadership? We speak to some of our UXperts on what UX leadership means to them.