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Is A UI Design Course Right For You?

Posted by Eric Bieller on Dec 29, 2016 3:05:00 AM

Are you in the market for a career change? Have you considered UI design but aren’t sure if a UI design course is right for you? Well, good news! Today I’m going to dig into how UI design compares to other tech areas such as programming, and how an online UI Design course stacks up to other learning methods.

With the proliferation of modern technology, career paths that were once expensive or inaccessible no longer are. There are now affordable and accessible options available to anyone with a laptop, an internet connection, and a desire to make big changes in their lives. This means that it’s possible for anyone, anywhere, to become a programmer or a designer. So, which one should you choose?

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6 Reasons Why We Look for New Jobs (or Careers) in January

Posted by Caroline White on Dec 22, 2016 3:27:46 PM

It's not an assumption, but a statistical fact. At the start of the new year: job searches do go up, dramatically. According to job site Indeed.com, over 50% of US workers were thinking about changing careers in January 2016.

I have some personal experience of how this feels. Last year I made the bold move of moving to New Zealand from the UK. I arrived in Wellington on New Year’s Eve with just myself and a suitcase. After working for the same company in London for six years and having recently completed the CareerFoundry UX design course, I was in need of a new challenge. Don’t get me wrong - I loved the company I was working for. I just felt the need to step outside of my comfort zone and do something really different!

So what happens during the vacation period to make people want a new job, or even a completely new career? Well, it seems to be a ‘new year, new me’ phenomenon. Finding a new job is a common New Year’s resolution, along with decisions such as giving up smoking or losing weight. Read on to learn why!

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Webinar Series: The UX Playbook - How to Keep Your Users Happy

Posted by Florence Collins on Dec 15, 2016 3:42:31 PM

CareerFoundry webinars cover the latest trends in tech, with a focus on UX design, UI design, web development, and app development. Each webinar is presented by an industry expert, and followed by an exciting Q&A discussion.

This webinar recording is a must-watch if you're studying UX design or you're simply interested in user experience. In the webinar, UX designer Clark Wimberly walks us through the UX Playbook; easy tools that people from any discipline can employ to improve user experience. He pulls from his experience as a UX designer and speaker for InVision app, and shares his all-time top tips for making users happy. 

Missed the webinar? Not to worry - you can still check out the complete webinar recording and read the Q&A transcript!

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Free Prize Giveaway: The Ultimate UX Design Tools

Posted by Florence Collins on Dec 12, 2016 3:27:06 PM

UX designers surely know a good product when they see one, right?

We think so - that’s why we decided to ask our in-house UX designers here at CareerFoundry what their ultimate stocking fillers are.

In preparation for the launch of our Certified UX Designer program, we gave away 3 ultimate UX design toolkits totally free!

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know UX Design?

Posted by Rosie Allabarton on Dec 5, 2016 5:45:10 PM

UX design is pretty big news right now. Whether you work in e-commerce, the arts, finance or education, UX design practices already play a big part in your industry.

You might have already picked up some UX terminology or techniques in your job; maybe you've looked at session recordings, heatmaps, or user feedback. Ready to put your knowledge to the test? Take our short quiz and find out how much UX lingo you really know! 

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Get a Daily UX Design Treat throughout December with UXmas

Posted by Florence Collins on Dec 1, 2016 11:04:09 AM

It’s that time of year again! The countdown to Christmas has begun, the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping. It’s a perfect time to snuggle up with some good reading - and for that UX Mastery and Thirst Studios have got you covered!

The UXmas advent calendar is back, with some amazing contributors. You've probably seen some interesting variations on the traditional advent calendar. From miniature cosmetics, to full-sized sweets or cans of pop for each day, they’ve definitely become more elaborate (not to mention more unhealthy).

Finally, we have a calendar that will expand our knowledge and not our waistlines! Read on to learn about the advent calendar designed especially for UX enthusiasts, and the pair behind the idea.

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Mentor Spotlight: Meredith Cohen - UX Designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Nov 28, 2016 5:27:19 PM

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 introduce Meredith Cohen, a journalist turned UX designer who also completed a master’s in Human-Computer Interaction.

Meredith reveals why she had to get out of the print magazine industry and why she finds it important to 'pass it forward' and help train tomorrow's UX designers on CareerFoundry's UX Design Course. Read on to learn more! 

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Webinar Series: Human Centered UI - Designing Useful, Usable Interfaces

Posted by Florence Collins on Nov 24, 2016 2:17:44 PM

CareerFoundry webinars cover the latest trends in tech, with a focus on UX design, UI design, web development, and app development. Each webinar is presented by an industry expert, and followed by an exciting Q&A discussion.

In this webinar, Hannah Alvarez, the lead content strategist at UserTesting discusses how to design your user interface to maximize user satisfaction. This webinar is a must-see for anyone considering becoming a UX designer, and gives valuable insights for anyone involved in creating content for the web.

Missed the webinar? Not to worry - you can still check out the complete webinar recording and read the Q&A transcript!

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8 Web Development Trends To Look Out For In 2017

Posted by Alexandre Ouellette on Nov 21, 2016 6:00:54 PM

In recent years, the web has been getting more and more ingrained in our daily lives. We use it for everything, from shopping, to banking, to reading our news. The demand for web development talent is as high as ever, and the scope of what developers can do is huge!

As 2016 draws to an end, I can't help but wonder what 2017 will have in store for us. Will the web weave its way into even more areas of our life? 

Here's my list of the main players that I think will reshape the tech landscape in 2017! 

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5 Myths Every UX Designer Will Know

Posted by Caroline White on Nov 17, 2016 12:40:38 PM

I’m sure many people will agree on this - UX design is one of the most misunderstood areas you can work in. But, it does make it all the more fun.

studied UX Design with CareerFoundry, and have spent two years working as a UX designer. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve had to correct people’s ideas of UX design, I could retire tomorrow! (Of course, UX is fascinating, so I wouldn’t.)

I’ve been made to feel like a tree-hugging hippie by serious developer types, or by bosses who thought I was disproportionately prioritizing our users over the business needs. And believe me, I've had some fun discussions in social situations when I explain what I do for a living.

So why is UX design so misunderstood? In this post, I’ll tell you what I think the issue is, and look at the common myths I hear time and time again!

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