I love my job. As a UX Designer, I get to help teams build wonderful digital products that have an impact on people’s lives. It’s a fun and rewarding role, so it’s no wonder the number of designers like me is set to grow by a factor of 100 over the next thirty years. UX design is also an in-demand skill, which is bringing loads of new talent to the field.
It can be easy to get caught up in the hype around UX design. It seems too good to be true, right? However, there are downsides which I feel…
Everyone takes different paths into the UX industry. Even with the amount of design qualifications available, most designers I’ve spoken to don’t have one. From what I’ve seen, design-focused courses and bootcamps are targeted at people looking to change industries.
Bootcamp programmes are good at teaching you the absolute basics. However, they aren’t a direct pipeline into a job. Once you graduate you’ll need to apply to the same roles as everyone else, and having a certificate doesn’t give you any big advantage.
The way designers build their case studies is broken. If you’re a design school or bootcamp graduate, odds are that your portfolio will look the same as everyone else’s. It’s not your fault, it’s a product of the system. Following case study templates doesn’t require critical thinking, but it’s what you’re taught to do, right?
And if we’re being completely honest with ourselves, the things case studies focus on aren’t impressive. If you’re selling yourself as a designer I’m going to assume you can make something as simple as wireframes.
As someone who’s previously hired a designer, I can tell…
I’ve always assumed that public speaking events are for experts. Professionals who’ve already got 15+ years of real experience under their belts. But really, anyone can do it. The infamous Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park is a space where anyone with an opinion can have their voice heard. And with the growing popularity of online spaces like Clubhouse, you can set up your own virtual soap box anywhere.
Brown bags are a great way to dip your toes into public speaking. They’re essentially a group lunch but one of you gives a brief talk on a topic you’re interested in…
Like everyone on Medium, my account was empty when I first created it. Over the past couple of years, I’ve grown and learned how to write articles through reading and writing. I’ve taken no shortcuts. Everything I have now is the result of practice and dedication, and I want to give you some advice on how you can do the same.
As a freelancer, I need to know which pages on my website are being seen and how people are finding me. I have an analytics tool call Splitbee on my design portfolio so I can keep track of these insights. The other day, something caught my eye; the majority of people coming to my site never look at my case studies.
Being asked to work for a company for free is a sour thought, but it’s the reality of many job-seeking designers in 2021. A design task (or exercise) is a common step in the hiring process, used to see how someone tackles a problem. The person hiring gives the candidate a brief to complete at home. They’ll then present their solution in a later interview.
Design tasks are a hot topic in the design community. From what I’ve seen in my network, designers at all levels recognise that they’re a flawed way to test someone’s thinking skills. Tasks are too…
If you’re making and selling a product, you need to know your customers. After all, they’re the people you’re trying to make happy, so it pays to know what’ll be good for them. User interviews are a method user researchers use to learn more about their customer base. You talk to someone one-to-one about their wants and needs. Sometimes you’ll show them things like prototypes to gain further insights.
The market for junior designers is ruthless right now. Competition is fierce and there are not enough roles to go around. It’s also a tough time for people hiring. I recently recruited for a junior UX/UI designer and thought I could share my experience to shed some light on the process.
When a researcher runs user research tasks, they need a way to share insights with others in their team. There are dedicated tools for doing this like Dovetail and Airtable. They make the data from research reports easy to find and understand. Having tools like this empowers product teams to make design updates with confidence.
Sometimes you’ll work with a team that doesn’t have access to enterprise tools. This could be because they’re expensive, or your team isn’t big enough to justify having one. In these situations, you’ll need to get a bit creative and build one using whatever tools…