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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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How To Design A Mobile App Using User Interface Design Principles

Posted by Eric Bieller on May 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If you want to design a great, functional mobile app interface, design principles are hugely important. Design principles (commonly called heuristics) are loose guidelines that designers can stick to in order to improve the quality of a user interface design. If you're thinking about becoming a UI designer, you'd better keep reading.

[If you're more of a visual person, don't forget to check out the video I made demonstrating exactly how to build a mobile app using design principles, you'll find it half way through this post. ] 

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15 Challenges That iOS App Developers Are Facing with the Latest Trends

Posted by Norman Arvidsson on May 17, 2016 9:05:25 AM

It’s hard to believe that the iPhone hasn’t even been around for a decade yet. It first arrived on the scene in June of 2007, and has completely changed the way the world operates.

With the iPhone came the arrival of iOS. This operating system is now employed on a variety of products, including iPads and iPods. With a new release of iOS expected almost every year, there are a few challenges that developers are having to contend with. In this post I'm going to take you through 15 of the most common ones you can expect to tackle as an iOS developer

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Web and Mobile - Working With Different Platforms as a UX Designer

Posted by Dawn Schlecht on May 5, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If you're learning how to become a UX designer, understanding the different requirements of a range of platforms and interfaces and the user's needs within those platforms are key to creating a positive user experience and launching a successful product. Users no longer access websites only via a home PC.  With the unprecedented popularity of mobile phones and tablets UX designers are now required to understand how, where and why these platforms are used, as well what is achievable and works well within these new limitations.  

In this blogpost by CareerFoundry UX Design student Dawn Schlecht, she'll be  covering the value of knowing your user's intentions, why we should optimize for mobile, designing for multiple screen sizes, and the importance of designing 'for good'.

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The Sooner You Know These UX Design Tools the Better

Posted by Raven Veal on May 2, 2016 11:30:00 PM

Do you want to know the best tools to use as a UX designer? Well, you’re in the right place! Hello, I’m Raven, a mentor for aspiring UX designers enrolled in the CareerFoundry UX Design Course. I also work as a UX Research Assistant at UserTesting and study behavioral science at the University of Texas.

In this post I'm going to cover the different tools you'll need for every aspect of your work as a UX designer, from research through to collaboration. Knowing the right tools for your projects will ensure you stay ahead of the curve in both your skillset and your tool box.

Although tools are certainly helpful to your process, nothing replaces gathering data directly from real users. 

Sona Janakiram at Mine What reminds us:

"Study personas, analyze target user behavior and look for typical design patterns in your domain."

Keep reading to find out more! 

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Introduction to Swift for Non-Programmers

Posted by Rosie Allabarton on May 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

 

Do you keep hearing about Swift and want to know more about it? Then you're in the right blog post. Today we're going to give you that complete introduction you've been looking for including what exactly Swift is, and why it's so important in technology right now. Not only that but we'll be providing info on the best places to learn as a beginner, a list of great online resources on iOS development and mobile app programming, and the low-down on what you can use this sought-after programming language for. 

Think you're ready to dive deeper? Then check out our brand new iOS Development Course - launched today! With this course you'll learn all the skills you need to get started in mobile app development and launch your new programming career. 

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What Does A UX Designer Actually Do?

Posted by Caroline White on Apr 27, 2016 9:02:19 AM

 

What does a UX designer actually do? I’ve been asked that a lot since I completed the CareerFoundry UX Design Course and those asking have ranged from my Mum to people at networking events to, more worryingly, business leaders and people who work in IT. There's still a lot of confusion surrounding the field, which is why, as a UX designer, you'll often find your first task in a new job is clearly explaining the value you'll be bringing to the company and how you'll bring that about. 

I’ve got numerous examples of company owners and directors who see the 'business' and the 'user' as separate and unrelated entities.  While I've met others who believe a UX designer's sole responsibility is to create endless wireframes without thinking about what the user actually needs from the product.

The purpose of this post is two-fold. If you're a UX designer I hope to give you a concise and clear answer to this question, so that you can answer it succinctly when it gets thrown at you at parties or events. The second purpose is for those of you who are genuinely still unsure what a UX designer does, you will definitely know by the end of this post! 

Let's dig a little deeper... 

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CareerFoundry Raises $5m - Launches World’s Largest Learning Community for Tech Careers

Posted by Rosie Allabarton on Apr 19, 2016 8:25:16 AM

Here in Berlin we're very proud and excited to share the news that CareerFoundry has closed its funding round with $5 million, with investors Tengelmann Ventures, Bauer Venture Partners and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft supporting us in our crusade to forge the world's largest learning community for tech careers. 

We are working with hundreds of employers worldwide to place our alumni in paid jobs, and not just any jobs, but jobs they’ll love.

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Top 7 UX Trends For 2016

Posted by Nicole Boyer on Apr 18, 2016 6:00:46 AM

There is no doubt that internet users are developing higher expectations when it comes to user experience. As a result, UX designers continue to raise the bar and come up with new ways to create website experiences that are more engaging, more efficient, and more visually appealing to users than ever before.

The rate of change in UX design in the past few years looks set to continue to come at a rapid fire pace as we look to the future. Of course for many designers the most important future is the one that is happening in the next few months. If you're thinking of becoming a UX designer, check out these Top 7 UX Design Trends that will be making an impact in both design circles and for you the user in 2016.

 

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