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What is a Heuristic Evaluation in UX?

Posted by Dawn Schlecht on Jan 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Ever wondered what a heuristic evaluation is?

In this article we’ll be taking at look at what exactly UX designers mean by the term "heuristic evaluation", how to conduct a heuristic evaluation for yourself, what to do if you can’t afford a usability expert, and the difference between a heuristic evaluation and user testing.

Let’s get started!

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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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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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Webinar Series: How to Kickstart Your UX Career

Posted by Florence Collins on Nov 11, 2016 11:21:36 AM

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.

The webinar 'How to Kickstart Your UX Career' is an inspiring talk for anyone looking to become a UX designer.

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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The Lowdown on the UX New Zealand 2016 Conference - Tomorrow. Today.

Posted by Caroline White on Nov 10, 2016 10:45:00 AM

I'm normally one of those people who doesn't win anything. Having said that, I've now had TWO big wins in the last couple of years.

My first big win was last year, when my team won the 2015 London UX Hackathon. That literally changed my life as I was given a CareerFoundry UX Design Course scholarship!  

The second big win occured on Monday. One minute, I thought I was spending all week in the office, the next I found out I'd won a ‘best Tweet’ competition on Twitter!

The main sponsors, mobile payment company Pushpay, were giving me a free ticket to UX New Zealand - the biggest UX conference in New Zealand. So here I am, after amazing 2 days, ready to share my trip diary!

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