UX Career Guidance

[ Podcast ] MAKING UX WORK, Episode 06

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UX Career Guidance

[ Podcast ] MAKING UX WORK, Episode 05

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UX Career Guidance

[ Podcast ] MAKING UX WORK, Episode 04

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Tips & Advice, UX Career Guidance

Innovation, entrepreneurship, punk rock and why I do what I do.

innovation-entrepreneurship

A young design student recently contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to do an interview on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship. My answer to these things, especially when it comes to students is always “of course,” so we got to it.

He sent me four questions in particular that, as I answered them, surprised me a little. Not the questions so much, but my answers. I realized a few things about my own motivations and accomplishments that I don’t think I was aware of. Mainly, the variety and volume

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Tips & Advice, UX Career Guidance

Am I too old for UX? (Tuesdays with Joe, Episode 12)

Today’s UX question comes from an experienced designer who’s wondering, like a lot of us who are past 40, if he’s too old for UX.

Jim is increasingly feeling lost in the mad rush of design agency life, and is beginning to question whether or not he still has what it takes to be a UX designer.

From the pressure to work very fast at any cost, to the outrageous expectations of clients, to project managers and/or salespeople dictating design, Jim feels burned out, stressed. At the end of his rope.

Not just professionally

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UX Career Guidance

[ Podcast ] MAKING UX WORK, Episode 03

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UX Career Guidance

[ Podcast ] MAKING UX WORK, Episode 02

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UX Career Guidance

Introducing the MAKING UX WORK Podcast!

Hey friends! I wanted to let you know that I’ve just launched the inaugural episode of my new podcast, MAKING UX WORK — and you can listen to it right here.

It’s a little different than most of what’s out there, because my guests aren’t the “rock stars” of UX, Design and Tech. I think those of us with high profiles get more than our share of airtime already.

So instead, I want to talk to real people doing real work in the real world — in the tough, often unglamorous trenches and front lines of product development. You’ll hear about

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UX Career Guidance

Are UX Interview “Exercises” Crossing the Line?

UX interview exercises

I’m increasingly troubled by stories from young Designers and UXers about UX interview “exercises” potential employers are asking them to do. Specifically, I’m seeing too many instances where, to my eyes, it looks like these organizations are asking interviewees to do real project work — for free.

I personally believe that these exercises are a waste of everyone’s time, but I get it. Organizations want a sure thing; they’re trying to minimize risk and vet a candidate as thoroughly as possible. But here’s what nearly three decades have taught me:

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Tips & Advice, UI Design

The difference between amateur and professional design

the difference between amateur and professional design

Today’s fast food for thought re: #design and #UX.

If the conversation is around how good the design is or how it looks, it’s the wrong conversation.

The shift depicted here marks the difference between amateur and professional design.

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