Where to find your first UX projects

Oct 9, 2014

I’ve seen this question a lot among new UX Designers trying to break into UX Design. Everyone talks about experience but look at job postings and you’d quickly find out nearly every one requires previous experience to be considered.

So how do you get your first experience?

Like many things in UX...

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How to design a great UX portfolio

Oct 2, 2014

The other day a student asked me how he should design his portfolio. I tried finding a good resource I could point him to but I had a difficult time finding anything. So I’m writing this guide with the hope that other people find this useful getting started in UX Design.

Purpose of a portfolio

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The Rogue Employee and Toxic Culture

Oct 1, 2014

A couple months ago, CNN covered a story about how Uber was using dirty business tactics to get drivers to leave a competitor’s company and work for them.

Uber responded with this statement:

Our local teams can be pretty determined when spreading the word about Uber and how our platform opens...

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How to start doing user research when you don't have time or budget

Apr 5, 2014

Most of us have had projects where there isn’t time or budget for user research. Depending on where you work, this may always be the case.

Sometimes you’ll be promised research, only to receive a flimsy “market research” deck that isn’t worth the space it takes up on your hard drive.

You can start...

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Be a native

Feb 10, 2014

Today I had the opportunity to join Derek Sivers in a Campfire chat to ask him questions about business and writing.

Derek was asked about finding a niche and what things he considers before starting a business. His answer was to look for where you have an unfair advantage:

I understand musicians...

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Reduce Noise

Jan 1, 2014

I recently had a conversation with a friend who made the observation that most psychology books are sufficiently covered in the first 3 chapters.

The Wadsworth Constant is an axiom coined on Reddit which states the first 30% of any given Youtube video is worthless. A developer at Youtube liked it...

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How to have better conversations with your users

Dec 1, 2013

There are many different techniques used for user research. But when it comes to value over effort, there’s few as effective as simply sitting down with your users and talking with them.

Research is often made out out be a big, expensive endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be. It can be as simple as...

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Why you shouldn't check Facebook after 9pm

Oct 5, 2013

A recent article on Melatonin started an interesting conversation on Hacker News about devices and their effects on our ability to sleep. The gist of the conversation is that blue light, produced by most screens, inhibits the body’s ability to produce Melatonin — what the body creates to tell you to sleep. One commenter made the observation that Facebook’s famous blue color scheme increases the output of blue light, further inhibiting the body’s ability to produce Melatonin. Combine that with research linking Facebook usage to unhappiness, and you have one of the worst thing you can look at while lying in bed.

View HN Discussion on Melatonin