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The Importance Of Networking For Your UX Career

Posted by Clive K. Lavery on Sep 14, 2016 5:51:56 AM

The longer you are in the UX business, the less people care about your qualifications and your portfolio. In fact, ten years down the line, it is likely that no one will even look at either of them anymore.

Whether you want to study UX design, or are looking for new opportunities in the field, this article will show you how and why to make networking the cornerstone of your career. Learn how building your personal network from day one can ultimately result in you getting contracts for jobs which never make it onto public job boards.

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UX Patterns: Why Use Them?

Posted by Dawn Schlecht on Sep 7, 2016 6:46:55 AM

Considering a career in UX? Or maybe you’re already in the beginning stages of learning how to design basic prototypes or more polished UI mock-ups? If so you may have come across the term "UX patterns" and wondered what they are.

In this article, we’re going to discuss what UX patterns are and aren’t and what’s the rationale behind their development. We’ll also dig into how you can incorporate them into your design process, as well as the impact they can have on your design development, flow, and the usability of your digital product.

Let’s dive in.

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Mentor Spotlight: Muwuso Mkochi - User Interface Designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Aug 30, 2016 10:52:31 AM

 

One of the unique features of the CareerFoundry experience is our mentor community - we work with a wide variety of mentors in iOS development, web development, UX design and UI design, from all over the globe.

In order to increase the visibility of our wonderful mentors and give you the chance to get to know them even better, we have created Mentor Spotlights. In today's spotlight we relay the career journey of one of our UI design mentors, Muwuso Mkochi. From his personal story to his tool belt and his inspirational view on mentoring, Muwuso shares with us the ins and outs of UI design as well as the unique role mentoring plays in his life and the lives of his students.

When we asked Muwuso what it’s like to work in UI design he enthused about the variety the role offers:

“you never know how your day will turn out!" he told us. 

Sound like your cup of tea? Then keep reading to find out more.

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Is Every App Already Invented?

Posted by Reinder de Vries on Aug 29, 2016 11:59:58 AM

Is every app idea already invented? Between “There’s an app for that!” and the 500+ apps that get published in the App Store every day, you would think so.

The App Store and its app economy are far from done, though. In the past year, the interest of app developers and marketers in marketing strategies that don’t involve the App Store itself, such as content marketing, have surged.

You can’t simply upload an app to the App Store and expect thousands of app installs on your first day. It’s not 2008 anymore! Apps need to become grown-up online businesses, and the first step in that process is ideation and validation.

In this article, you’ll take a look at:

  • What makes a great app idea?
  • How can you research your app’s target audience before spending $$$ on development?
  • What are ways to gain traction before your app has even launched?
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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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