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.
Freelancing is well-suited to the work of UX professionals, with many considering the move as a next career step. They usually say they’re looking for freedom, more money, the ability to work on more interesting problems or learn new things – or even just the chance to work in their pyjamas regularly.
Here are a few important tips to consider before you quit your day job.
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.
Whether we like it or not, every single one of us is a brand. What we do with our brand enables us to shape our UX careers in ways we may not have considered. Ashlea McKay built hers by accident, but along the way, she learned how to apply her thinking in a structured way. Here are five ways to build a successful personal brand in UX and create your own career destiny.
These days auto-suggest is everywhere, from social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, to shopping sites like eBay and Amazon. With plugins available for all the latest frameworks and libraries, adding an auto-suggest to your site is relatively easy.
But what about accessibility? I’ve reviewed auto-suggest components from many of the major frameworks, and most of them have one thing in common: they’re not properly accessible.
Here’s how you can make your auto-suggest accessible.
Mobile apps are for everyone – and they’re not about the digital world, but the real world around us. In 2017, it’s estimated that around 1 billion people around the world suffer from some form of disability, while 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide.
As societies age, accessibility continues to be an important part of the global conversation about digital inclusiveness. Yet it’s in the everyday work of designers and developers where the true magic happens.
The UX and Customer Success industries are vital to one another and make perfect teammates. Without excellent user experience, there is a slim chance a customer can successfully use any software, product or service. Likewise, how do you create superb user experience without knowing what makes a successful customer? What can we learn from InGen’s customer success failures with Jurassic Park?
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.
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.
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.