The UX design field is expanding, it is a wonderful career path, giving the opportunity to design our digital future. I’ve been asked by my students and mentees advice on becoming a UX designer: here’s my answer.
The key to getting into UX design: a portfolio… and the experience that goes with it. “Experience” does not mean “work experience”: it could be acquired in other ways… more below.
- at least a couple of user experience design projects
- each project’s process clearly explained step-by-step
- you are able to produce simple, effective assets such as: personas, wireframes, sitemaps, basic research and research summary
1. If you have a previous career in a design-related field: make the most of it
“There are dozens of ways to build a portfolio: use your previous experience and any opportunity to add to it”
You may want to re-design some of the work you’ve done in your past career.
“UX designer is a challenging role; get prepared/educated for it!”
- If you enjoy learning online and want to spend a few months to learn UX thoroughly, I recommend CareerFoundry’s online course (I’ve been mentoring on it since early 2015). The course content is of high quality and you get a mentor to review all your tasks, keep you accountable and support your motivation. It is hard work but worth it.
- DesignLab offers a similar course. The syllabus seems solid. I can’t recommend it since I have not taught on it but it maybe worth looking into it.
2. Non degree courses in London
- Check out the syllabus
- Ideally find an alumni and ask her her opinion. With LinkedIn you may find an alumni online
Happy to commit 10-weeks full-time?
Want to test the waters?
3. Degree courses
Want a top-notch university degree?
Want to fit study around work?
4. Other more flexible ways to learn
Attend a conference
During the conference, attend a practical workshop, where you produce a small design project. You can work on the project after the conference and add it to your portfolio. It is also a great networking opportunity.
, an excellent mini conference
Join a meetup
- To learn sketching