User Experience

Zsolt Kocsmárszky edited this page Jun 11, 2015 · 7 revisions

##Basics of UX If you have no or very limited understanding in User Experience design, this is a quick start guide to get into UX.

StackExchange topic explaining different areas of UX (5 min read) Probably you already have something in your mind and this forum gives you a few nice explanation on skills and related fields for UX.

Introduction to Usability (8 min read) is a great kick-off writing by Nielsen Norman Group.

##Get more knowledge There’s no way around this–if you want to get good, you’ve got to be consuming as much knowledge as possible, from people who are more experienced than you are.

Books and expert blogs are great, but I know that sometimes they can feel hard to get in to as a beginner. You can be working your way through them, but never feel like you have a clear idea of how much progress you’re making.

So, before you tackle Whitney’s list, how about kicking off by working through each of these free online resources:

  1. Consume the 52 weeks of UX, which is co-written by one of the senior designers at Twitter.
  2. Work your way through The Hipper Element’s UX Crash Course
  3. Read through the simple step-by-step UX overview at UX Apprentice
  4. For fun, read through all of the tutorials at User Onboarding–they’re really fun, and you’ll learn a lot.
  5. Enjoy some other fun sites, like UX Myths and Little Big Details

##Consider getting some formal UX tuition

FREE:

PAID:

  • There’s a simple UX basics course on Treehouse–easy to sign up to and work through, and it should give you a simple way into more structured learning.
  • Friends of mine have taken General Assembly courses in the past (not the UX ones, unfortunately), and I’ve heard great things from them. GA has a UX design course which has some positive reviews. From what others have told me, the GA experience seems to be very much about getting stuck into lessons, and then supplementing this with a ton of solo work around your studies. It’s intense, but if you have the time to do it, it could pay off. A lot of people get hired right after they complete the course.
  • I’d consider Hyper Island to be one of the top design schools in the world–definitely one to be aware of. Their UX options aren’t really targeted at beginners, but they might be worth a look for some. There’s a short UX and Design Thinking lab which I would imagine is potentially a good option if you’re looking to switch from another field to become a UX designer.
  • There’s also a MA qualification in UX design (which requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, to join). This one is a 25 week course, followed by 12 weeks out in the industry, and this combination is how HI helps to train really awesome graduates.
  • There are also a ton of other UX courses out there (like this one, and this other one), from other companies, and also some interesting looking options withmentoring. I have no personal experience with these, though.

##Books Recently the book called Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf summarised a pretty good way how to run UX in your team. It is a must have read for UX professionals.

##Further Study

  • Frontend Development is well worth pursuing if you're looking to become a more versatile UX designer and get a job at a startup. The ability to code is something that can really help you.
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