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How I Hired Freelance Designers at LinkedIn

Posted by Jeremy Schifeling on Aug 24, 2016 12:23:09 PM

So you’re getting ready to launch a freelance design career. Your eye is honed. Your skills are sharp. Your portfolio is gorgeous.

There’s just one problem: How do you go from great design to great design that you get paid for?

The answer is to understand the person doing the paying – i.e., your future client.

To provide insight into how clients think, let me give you a glimpse into how I hired freelance designers as a marketing manager at LinkedIn. That way, you’ll know exactly who your audience is – and how you can win their business.

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5 reasons why you should learn Web Development instead of Native Development

Posted by Eric An on Aug 15, 2016 4:38:51 AM

These days there are many options out there to promote your business and share your ideas – from websites to native applications in marketplaces. Instead of combing through countless articles figuring out the differences between your options, I will present the information for you in 5 key areas that ultimately show why web development is still the superior and more effective solution for most people’s foray into the digital space.

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Designing for Android and iOS - what's the difference?

Posted by Eric Bieller on Aug 10, 2016 6:55:45 AM

As a new UI designer, designing for mobile can be scary. With so many device variations and design specs to follow, it can be daunting to say the least! The two most popular platforms, iOS and Android, have particular UI patterns that must be adhered to. Stray too far from these patterns and you run the risk of confusing your users.

So how do you design an app for both Android and iOS? What are the key differences between the two platforms? How do you make an app that feels the same on each platform without deviating from known design patterns?

In this article I’m going to dig into these questions and share some of the key differences between iOS and Android. By the end, you’ll have a solid understanding of the differences and be more confident about designing for them.

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Why I Changed Careers (And How I Did It!)

Posted by Caroline White on Aug 7, 2016 9:30:00 AM

 

My entry into UX design was quite an unusual one. I had ventured into the world of software from a background in hospitality as I’d become sick of the unsociable hours and low pay. I’d been working in technical support for five years when my boss suggested I might consider a career in UX.

The company had hired various freelance UX designers who had struggled to understand the vision for their suite of software products so they decided it was better to train someone internally who knew and understood what they were trying to do. I had already been writing technical specs and doing some basic wireframing so I jumped at the opportunity.

After feeling unsure where my career was headed for awhile, I had been ready for a new challenge but hadn’t been sure how to go about it. This opportunity to become a UX designer seemed too good to turn down.

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Alumni spotlight: Francesca Negro - UX designer

Posted by Kitt Proudfoot on Aug 5, 2016 7:11:22 AM

Here at CareerFoundry we never forget how daunting even the thought of a career change can be - let alone its actual undertaking. And we should know; a large number of our own team started out in very different roles to the ones they have today. We have ex-nurses, circus performers, actors and jazz guitarists in our Berlin office alone!  

That is why it gives us such a rush when we hear the success stories of our alumni who not only overcame their fears and embarked on a course of study with us, but changed their careers completely as a result: not stopping until they found a job they love.

In this alumni spotlight we’ll be looking at the story of Francesca Negro, a former psychology graduate and graphic designer who changed her career to become a fully fledged UX designer after studying with us.

Let’s take a look at her story.  

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How much will I earn as a UX designer?

Posted by Dawn Schlecht on Aug 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM

 

If you’re considering a career in UX design, it’s only natural that before you make any big changes like quitting your job or embarking on a program of study like the one we do here at CareerFoundry, you’ll want to have some idea of what you might earn in the field. As a relatively new profession, there’s still not so much information out there for the potential career changer.

If you’re thinking about a permanent career change, you’re probably curious to know not just what your earnings will look like as a beginner in the field, but also what they’ll look like throughout your career as you gain experience and build on your skillset. If you’re in it for the long haul, you need to know that you’ve got a financially secure future ahead.

Similarly to a number of professions, those in the field can be quite guarded about exactly how much they earn, and depending on the location, the type of company and the seniority of the role, it can feel like an impossible task even getting an idea of how much you can legitimately ask for, and expect. In this article we’re going to clear up some of the misconceptions and give you a clear idea of what your salary can and will look like when you’re qualified as a UX designer, both now and in the future.

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Mentor spotlight: Wojciech Hupert, UX designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Aug 2, 2016 7:17:50 AM

One of our most prized assets here at CareerFoundry is our mentor community - we hire a wide variety of mentors specializing in UX design, UI design, web development and iOS development from all over the globe.Our mentors guide, motivate and assess students through their courses, playing a vital role in our overall mission.

In order to increase the visibility of our wonderful mentors here at CareerFoundry, we want to bring you their stories through our Mentor Spotlights.

In this spotlight we relay the career journey of one of our UX mentors, Wojciech Hupert. From his personal story to his tool belt and inspirational view on mentoring, Woj shares with us the ins and outs of the discipline as well as the role of the mentor in getting our students to where they want to be.

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8 Sites With Great UI

Posted by Sean Beaubien on Aug 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A good user interface allows users to complete the task they came to the website to do with ease and without confusion. We’ve all encountered websites and applications that make us want to throw our devices across the room in frustration, or at least I hope it’s not just me. For a good starting point on evaluating if a UI is efficient, I always refer back to the usability characteristics defined by the research company Nielsen Norman Group.

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6 Questions I Asked Myself Before I Changed My Career To Web Development

Posted by Alexandre Ouellette on Jul 25, 2016 6:38:29 AM

Change, in any aspect of life, is one of the most difficult things we have to deal with. It can scare us into inaction or drive us forward. When faced with change, we often fear the unknown and begin to question whether we should even put in the effort. Taking the first step can become a daunting task. It is easy to get comfortable in a routine, especially when we know that change requires a lot of effort on our part.

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How To Prepare For Your First iOS Development Interview

Posted by Norman Arvidsson on Jul 22, 2016 10:51:27 AM

Interviews are a nervewracking process irrespective of your experience and knowledge-level. You wouldn't be human if you didn't feel anxious the night before the interview itself. We've all laid awake at night worrying about the right way to present the best version of ourselves both professionally and personally to our prospective new employers. 

If you're launching yourself into a brand new career then your first job interview in the field is naturally going to be even more anxiety-inducing than a regular job interview. You've studied hard, perhaps done some work experience, pimped your social profiles  and attended every meet up going. But this is the real deal: it's a shot at the career you've alway wanted. You don't want to mess this up. 

In this post we're going to be offering practical advice specifically for those facing their first interview in iOS development. With our help you'll be fully prepared to wow your prospective boss with your experience, technical knowledge and desire to learn and grow in the field. 

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