How to Learn UX Everyday

Everyday I am learning, relearning and reminded of simple lessons in UX.

Yes, as designers we have constraints, but never lose focus: It is always about the best User (Guest) Experience we can deliver.

Here are 5 simple lessons I learn and relearn everyday about UX:

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How to Design Native Mobile Apps

Apps are a big part of product and service touch points – and are only growing. Each year users are spending more time on their devices (an average of 2 hours and 42 minutes per day in 2014) and spend 86% of their time in apps with no signs of slowing down.

Feedly App - Arthur Bodolec

Feedly App – Arthur Bodolec

Native mobile apps has been a recent focus on projects. Here is what I have learned from and with others on how to design native mobile apps:

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How to Create Professional UX Design Portfolios and Interview Presentations

A professional UX Portfolio is one of the keys to your UX career. Your portfolio is your brand that can earn you an interview where you will have the chance to tell a story through your work.

I cover the kind of portfolios and presentations you bring with you to a job interview that discuss a few projects in depth, rather than many projects in breadth – including an example project from my own portfolio.

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How UX Design Partners with Key Stakeholders

Before your work will ever reach the end users you are designing for, there is another audience: stakeholders. As a User Experience (UX) professional, you need to partner effectively with product owners, engineers, executives and other key stakeholders.

Luigi & Mario - Partners

© 2014 Nintendo

One of the hardest things in UX is not the work, but working well with stakeholders who say:

“We don’t need UX right now… we’ll let you know when.”
“I’m not a designer, but could you make the logo bigger and the site more like this one…”
“I’m the target audience – and I don’t like it.”

This article will cover who the key stakeholders in a project are, understanding their perspective and covering tactics for successfully partnering toward engaging UX as a strategy.

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How to Prototype and Previsualize the Experience

Like creating a film, needing to see the end before starting is the biggest problem in evaluating a UX design. One of the best solutions is prototyping.

Captain America Storyboard

Captain America: The First Avenger storyboard by Rodolfo Damaggio

This article will cover prototype examples, suggestions and answer: How do prototypes help solve user experience issues and foster true collaboration? What are some real-world examples? How do I even get started with prototyping when I don’t even know how to code?

Of all the techniques and approaches to developing a product, prototyping is my soulmate and can be yours too.

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How to Find Your Path Beyond UX Designer

This post originally appeared on UXMas 2013. A big thank-you to UX Mastery for the opportunity, editing and letting me republish here.


If you were to ask a UXer how they landed in the UX field, you’re unlikely to hear the same story twice. There are many roads to user experience — visual design, library sciences, copywriting or development to name a few.

With UX Designer roles being just as varied as our backgrounds, what is the way forward for a UXer? What is the career path after UX Designer? How do you advance your UX career?

The path forward in UX is like the path to UX—everyones is different. Let’s look at some of the ways to help you find yours.

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How to Answer UX Interview Questions

While telling your UX story during an interview, you will be asked questions. Most of these may be “no correct answer” type questions. Not necessarily brain teasers or puzzles, but very open-ended. Why do UX Managers (and other interviewers for UX roles) ask overly broad, hyper-detailed or just seemingly random questions? What are some strategies for answering them?

Interview - Make Good Art

Words © Neil Gaiman. Artwork © Gavin Aung Than 2012

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How to Tell Your UX Story

Simply put, your UX portfolio should tell a story. Why tell a story? How do you tell a story through the presentation of your work? The following is inspired by Patrick Neeman’s UXmas article “The UX Portfolio: Telling Your Story”. I had the pleasure of collaborating with him for our presentation at the Seattle Information Architecture & User Experience Meetup.

© Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

© Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

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How to Break Into UX Design

As a growing field, true UX and Product Design talent is at a premium. How does someone get a start and break into UX as a User Experience Designer? What are the concerns of a UX Design Hiring Manager and what are they thinking? What are the Hiring Managers and companies looking for?

Break into UX

After engineers, the biggest challenge for companies is finding high-quality creative design and user-experience talent.– Inc.

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How To Get The Interview: Top 10 UX Design Portfolio Questions and Answers

Your UX portfolio is the key to a career in User Experience. It is the single best asset you have to get an interview without knowing the Hiring Manager. Your portfolio should tell a story.

Top 10 UX Portfolio

The résumé shows our journey, just like how a map of the world shows the path Magellan took to circumnavigate the globe. But that map doesn’t tell of Magellan’s skill in taking on challenges and overcoming obstacles. That’s what a great portfolio does. – UIE

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