“There is certainly more to an enjoyable activity than the mere ability to complete it.” — Jakob Nielsen

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While there are some discrepancies in the design community about the differences between UX design and product design, it is mostly agreed upon that UX design is a facet of product design. User experience focuses on the customer journey, while product design focuses on the user from a business perspective. This is the definition I will be basing my statements on for the duration of the article.

Marketing used to be all about telling people how great your company is through advertisements and PR. Modern marketers focus more heavily on organic methods to reach their target market. It’s less about…


How to apply your skills and experience to UX design.

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If you have worked in a digital marketing position, you have more than likely either worked with a UX designer, or acted like one without knowing it.

Like most people, I learned about UX design by working with a designer through my marketing position. I got more excited by her job than my own, and it reminded me why I got into marketing in the first place.

I thought that I would be solving problems and get to be creative at the same time — yeah, it wasn’t like that. You know what is? UX design.

I realized that if…


Avoid my mistakes and learn which method is right for you by reading about the 8 different platforms I used to learn UX design online.

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A little bit about me: I have been teaching myself UX and UI design since around April of 2020.

I understand how difficult it can be to learn an entirely new career field.

When teaching myself, I was constantly thinking, “Am I wasting my time? Is there a better way to learn?”

I have wasted my time, done things out of order, and spent money that I probably didn’t need to. I’m writing this article to help you avoid some of my mistakes.

For this list, I’m going to go in order of dedication and value. I know that people…


7 lessons we can learn from UX designers and apply to everyday life.

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1. Good communication sometimes means saying less

Being bombarded with information can lead to cognitive overload, creating a poor user experience. UX designers focus on keeping things simple, clear, and relevant to the user’s needs.

In life, don’t clutter the message you’re trying to send with unnecessary information.

Be clear, be concise.

I can’t tell you how many times my boyfriend has called customer service, given them a long backstory with unnecessary details, and ends up not getting the answer he needs (unless I take the phone away from him).

Focus on sharing the…


Pushy people can be great salespeople, and picky people can be great chefs. But what makes a great UX designer?

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Many people focus on the positive traits that make you good at UX design, like being artistic and empathetic.

Sometimes personality traits that we might think are negative in everyday life can be really effective in user experience design.

In this article, we look at the positive in the negatives.

You might have a natural talent in UX design if…

1. You’re overly-considerate

This is a trait that I have that my friends and family hate. I constantly feel like I’m a burden and need to make sure that everyone else is okay before I do anything for myself. …


It’s nice to be humble — it’s better to be employed. Here’s why you should show your designs to literally anyone who will listen.

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I’m sure that you know it’s always a good idea to share your designs with other designers, or someone that is looking for a designer. Guess who else does that? Every other designer.

“They won’t care”.

“They don’t know what user experience design is”.

“I won’t get anything out of showing them my designs”.

These are all things that I thought a few months ago. I didn’t want to talk to anyone in my life about my career transition to UX design because I didn’t think they would understand what it was, so what was the point?

If they’re not…


I have officially finished the first course in CareerFoundry’s UX Design Bootcamp. Here is what you can expect.

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The UX Design Course offered by CareerFoundry is composed of three courses: Intro to UX Design, UX Immersion, and a Specialization course (plus an optional Job Preparation Course).

This article is going to only cover the first part of the course, Intro to UX Design.

Overview

The Intro to UX Design course should take a student 4 weeks to complete. At 15–20 hours a week, you are expected to complete 2 tasks a week to finish on time.

I finished this section in 2 weeks.

For this section, my cohort worked on using the UX design process to create a…


Change is scary. The only thing scarier is knowing that a change needs to be made, but not knowing where to start.

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Too many people are stuck in a job role that they are unhappy with. With the field becoming more well-known, many are asking how to transition into being a UX designer.

It’s scary when you are working full-time but are unhappy with where you are at. It’s all too common for people to be stuck in this position because they have family support, they think they’re too old to change careers, and/or they fall victim to imposter syndrome.

If you need a sign to start transitioning careers, here it is, DO IT.

Why?

Before getting into the ‘how’ and the ‘when’…


So, you’ve graduated college with the wrong degree… now what?

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Post-graduation regret: many have been through it, few know what to do. With the pressure of the education system demanding that you know what you want to do with the rest of your life by the age of 17, it is easy to understand why many end up here.

We pick majors that we think we like, are practical, or that we’re good at without adding in one little factor: evolution. Our skills, interests, and knowledge of the job market change constantly over time.

I graduated with a degree in International Business concentrating in European Studies and Marketing. …

Morgan Brennan

Aspiring UX designer trying to navigate with the wrong map. mobrendigital.com

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