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How To Get Started In User Experience Design

By Sarah Doody

Introduction

Navigating the field of user experience design can be daunting and overwhelming. I've curated some of the best articles, videos, and resources that have helped me in my career.

Sarah Doody — User Experience Designer in NYC. Developed & taught the 12 week UX course for General ...

Added by Sarah Doody: “A great article that covers some of the UX education programs (online and in person) as well as tips on networking and salaries.

1 How to Get Started In User Experience: Tools & Tips

Paper Prototyping session @chegg circa 2012How to get started in User ExperienceA guide for the average Joe.After I wrote " Why I design" I began getting several requests via twitter, email, G+ etc... Folks were asking me how they could also become a UX Designer. Here is my response (based on things I actually did). I hope it is helpful

Added by Sarah Doody: “This post by UX professional, Whitney Hess, provides a great outline of what she calls "guiding principles". These are what I'd call the "soft skills" of being a UX designer, the skills beyond just knowing a piece of software or a process.

2 So You Wanna be a User Experience Designer

[This is part of a series titled So You Wanna Be a User Experience Designer. Check out the previous post, Step 1: Resources] Five months ago I wrote a post titled, " So you wanna be a user experience designer," in which I gathered all of the resources in my UX arsenal: publications and blogs, books, local events, organizations, mailing

Added by Sarah Doody: “This is an excellent talk by a designer from IDEO which summaries the design process and focuses on being intentional about looking for inspiration from our surroundings and our own experiences.

3 Design Is In The Details (video)

Added by Sarah Doody: “This is an article I wrote back in 2011, it presented the idea of how aligning a team with a common product story could help alleviate a lot of common problems teams encounter during product development (eg. team burnout, over budget, late delivery, etc).

4 Why We Need Storytellers at the Heart of Product Development

There's an interesting question on Quora right now: If you had to pick between an amazing product designer or an amazing engineer to build a new company around, which would you pick and why?This question reflects a painful problem that is common at both small startups and large corporate organizations. Far too often, teams focus on execution before defining the

Added by Sarah Doody: “I wrote this as a personal manifesto and then decided to publish it on my blog years ago. Every now and then I refer back to it for motivation and inspiration in my career and life.

6 9 Ideas For Designers To Live By - Sarah Doody

Years ago while living in Portland, I wrote this as a reminder of why I do what I do. Having recently found it and being inspired, I thought I'd share it with my designer friends ... a source of inspiration for people who are just starting their careers, a kick in the ass for people who maybe need to make

7 7 Tips for Finding Your Perfect UX Mentor

7 Tips for Finding Your Perfect UX MentorPeople often ask me "Where can I find a UX mentor?" When you're a new User Experience (UX) designer, there's a lot to learn. It's hard to make sense of everything you've absorbed from classes, workshops, blog posts and books. Even after you work in the field a while and gain experience, User

Added by Sarah Doody: “A lot of people ask me to review their portfolio. The first thing I ask them back is to send me a link to their blog. I firmly believe that a UX Portfolio is not enough. Today, writing is critical to show how you think, that you can communicate effectively, and that you truly are a thought leader. If you don't have a blog, today's the day to start!

10 A UX Portfolio Is Not Enough: Why You Must Write

Added by Sarah Doody: “Omnigraffle is a software tool that I use to make wireframes and userflows. It's certainly not the only tool out there, but it's the one I know very well. One of my first managers said "Know your tool. Know your tool as well as you can. Know your tool as fast as you can." I hope these tips help you learn Omnigraffle a little bit faster!

11 How to Wireframe Faster With These 7 Omnigraffle Tips

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