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Should I Learn Ruby on Rails?

Posted by Rosie Allabarton on Jun 23, 2016 4:43:13 AM

Intro to Ruby on Rails

We talk a lot about how to learn Ruby on Rails here at CareerFoundry. Why? Because we believe Ruby on Rails is the best way for beginners to get their hands dirty with code and build their own beautiful, fully-functioning, full stack websites as quickly as possible.

It’s a hot topic here because we want to know that we're teaching the most relevant programming language and framework; those that will get our students into jobs they love within six months of graduating, in an industry that's constantly evolving.

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The Importance of Usability and Accessibility in Design

Posted by Spencer Ivey on Jun 22, 2016 12:26:35 PM

Remember those Corona commercials that urged viewers to find their beach? Indulge for a second - imagine your beach. Perhaps there’s lots of sunshine, crystal clear blue waters, powdery white sand. All of your friends are there and there’s a restaurant cooking up your favourite food.

Since I’m in a good mood, I’ll build this beach for you. You’re welcome! But there is one
small condition: there will be no way to get to the beach. “Well, what was the point of imagining it in the first place?!” you cry.

In this article I'm going to be talking about accessibility and usability. I'll be outlining the importance of both of these in UX design as well as the subtle, albeit crucial differences between them.  At the end of the post I'll be providing you with a checklist of everything you need to ensure your interfaces are both usable and accessible in order to give your users the best experience possible. 

Let's get started! 

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Why Are There So Few Women In Tech?

Posted by Ciannait Khan on Jun 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM

While society has made huge strides towards gender equality in recent decades, there’s still a lot of work left to do when it comes to women in tech.  
  • In the US, more women than men are now awarded bachelor’s degrees, yet only 15% of computer science graduates are women.  
  • Tech giants such as Microsoft and Google consistently report that women make up roughly 30% of their workforce, with fewer still in positions of leadership or in technical roles.  
  • The same disappointing numbers are also true of startups, with a study from 2014 showing that of 14,341 US-based startups, only 15% had a female founder.
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What is Zero UI?

Posted by Sean Beaubien on Jun 5, 2016 3:00:00 AM

Written by CareerFoundry student Sean Beaubien

Let’s face it, we're addicted. We view the world through our mobile devices and spend our days with our heads down, tapping and swiping away on rectangular backlit screens. People sitting across the table from us couldn't be further away as we're too busy typing out 140 characters to send to someone in a completely different time zone on Twitter.

Users are dependent on screens for everything from knowing what the weather is going to be, to trying to figure out what we want for dinner. Fortunately for us (and our eyes), design is ushering forth a new direction of how we interact with our machines.

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Very soon, our devices are going to get to know us much more intimately, and allow us greater freedom from our screen addiction. With the rise of technology like chatbots, as well as gesture and voice-based interactions with devices, we're beginning to move away from the traditional screen-based interfaces that we carry around with us every day.

A new paradigm, not so appropriately called Zero UI, a branch of UI Design, is bringing in the transition from the Graphical User Interfaces that we're used to, and changing how we communicate and behave with our tech.

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7 Trends in iOS App Development

Posted by Norman Arvidsson on Jun 1, 2016 3:00:00 AM

Dong Nguyen spent his childhood and teen years in a small village near Hanoi. As a child, he fell in love with Super Mario Brothers and all things game-related, really. He began to code at the age of 16 and ultimately landed a college internship at a Vietnamese company, Punch Entertainment. During this time, he realized that the game Angry Birds was really too complicated for mobile users. In less than three days, he had created Flappy Bird as an alternative. The game was originally released in 2013, and by January 2014, it was at the top of the Free Apps charts in the U.S. and China. The Android version was released to Google Play soon afterward. Through in-app advertising, Nguyen became a millionaire and now owns his own game app company - .GEARS Studios.

Nguyen’s story is unusual, of course, but it does point to the growing need for mobile apps that are simpler and easier for users. For this reason, companies are scrambling to get their own apps developed by hiring experts in iOS development. By doing so they can be competitive in the mobile marketplace – the fastest growing e-commerce marketplace today.


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How UX and UI Designers Use Style and Functional Guidelines to Collaborate

Posted by Chava Canolli on May 31, 2016 3:00:00 AM

The digital design space requires collaboration amongst multiple team members. Depending on the project at hand, the team members and their roles can be very diverse. Teams can consist of user experience (UX) designers, user interface (UI) designers, programmers, visual designers, information architects, business analysts and product managers, as well as a few other positions depending on the work needed to be done.

When we are talking about the actual digital product being produced, the visual and functional design is critical to understand and agree upon. Finding this balance requires strong communication between the creatives. In this case, the creatives would consist of the visual designers; and in the digital world, this means the UX and UI designers.

[Don't forget to check out the video of me explaining this collaboration further down in the post!]

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What Is A Full-Stack Web Developer?

Posted by Eric An on May 30, 2016 8:20:30 AM

A post-it note with this question written on it has been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks. At first, I didn’t know how to approach such a question – I wanted to develop an answer that made sense to anyone new to the arena of web development, but that still touched upon the finer details. After all, maybe you are someone interested in making a career change and have repeatedly seen the words 'full-stack web developer' on every technical educational website and job application. Or maybe you are simply curious as to why this phrase has been trending higher than bathing suits this summer.

In this post I'm going to be giving you both the wider scope and some of the details of what this sought-after job entails, and my experiences within the field, answering that question for both the novice and the more experienced coder alike. So, let's get started! 

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How Important is Simplicity in UX Design?

Posted by Caroline White on May 27, 2016 11:35:27 AM

Written by CareerFoundry graduate Caroline White. 

Simplicity is often referred to as one of the fundamental principles of UX design. UX heavyweight, the Nielsen Norman Group include it in their definition of user experience saying:

"The first requirement for an exemplary user experience is to meet the exact needs of the customer, without fuss or bother. Next comes simplicity and elegance that produce products that are a joy to own, a joy to use."

But how do we define and quantify simplicity in UX design? And how important is it really to the work of UX designers?

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7 Questions You’ll Be Asked In Your First UX Design Interview

Posted by Tara-Lee York on May 24, 2016 3:00:00 AM


By Tara-Lee York, UX Design Student with CareerFoundry

It’s time! The hard work has paid off and all those hours you spent studying, refining your skills as a UX designer and putting the finishing touches to your resume have landed you your first UX designer interview. Well done! With your up-to-date and impressive portfolio, experience-heavy resume, and cover letter at the ready, what else do you need to secure the job? The secret to that lies in how you answer those rather daunting interview questions, and the key to getting that right is always, always preparation.

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The Importance Of Consistency In UI Design

Posted by Maria de la Riva on May 23, 2016 12:13:50 PM

Much has been said about the importance of consistency in UI design–and with good reason. User interfaces that aren’t consistent often yield confused and frustrated users and can drive even the most promising products to failure.

But what exactly is consistency in UI design? Consistency in UI design is concerned with making sure elements in a user interface are uniform. They’ll look and behave the same way. This helps constantly prove a user’s assumptions about the user interface right, creating a sense of control, familiarity, and reliability.

To develop consistency in UI design, you should aim to be consistent with device UI guidelines and behaviors, other similar apps/sites, and with your own design. 

[Keep reading to see a video of me explaining the main points of this post!]

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