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UX/UI Designer Joined over 4 years ago
I oddly felt like Ophra this week giving away my invites to my co-workers.
Ha, been there many times. Sometimes I create a feature ranking list to help determine what to focus on next. Rating the business, user, political values against the technical feasibility.
Also makes me think of this comic
Ha, I think I come to that crossroad with every project. It's smart to learn/understand other traits. It helps you focus on features that provide a bigger impact because you see it through another lens.
If you haven't listened to it yet or anyone, I highly recommend the "how to start a start-up" courses. Some of the talks can fit into any size project.
The overall theme, stick to your gut and chase what you like to do
I started out as a CS major and I never took an art class before. However, I knew enjoyed the creativity and wanted to chase it. Took me 3 years to realize it, but I ended up leaving my senior year to go to art school. Seriously the best decision I have made for myself. I wanted and needed that time to learn the basics.
I thought I wanted to be like Don Draper right out of art school. I had the chance with an ad agency and I realized I reallllly suck at creativity. I'm not an out of the box thinker and edgy marketing wasn't my strength. I had a lot of opportunities to do amazing things in my life that I would never believe I could. However, the constant struggle made it the most depressing time of my life. This humbling experience helped me understand what are my interests and strengths, which was web design.
The last one was in 2012, just when the term UX was starting to get trendy. I started to work in the web design space and I knew I found my niche. However, my projects started to move from simple sites to complex ones. We never did wireframes, sitemaps, user flows, or even talk to users. I knew there was a better way, so I started to read up and implement UX methods. I wanted to know more but felt like an outsider because I never had an HCI education. I remember applying as a UX intern when I had 4 years of design experience (They laughed at me). I chased jobs to get me in the right atmosphere. Going on my 4th year on my current job and I love it. I learned so much through trial and error.... I don't know what my next step is... however I know what I don't want.
It took a dedicated team 6 months to move a large site to a design system. It helped reduce our CSS characters count by 83%. It helped remove a lot of inconsistency & gave us the ability to refactor our code. The lesson we learned to just do it from the start because it takes a lot more effort to redo work.
Granted you could interest any profession in that title.
I am sure everyone is different. Majority of the UX designers that we hire have to have some design skills. I tend to skim the resume layout to see if the candidate can format a page over what is on it. When we use recruiters, they only care about hitting our requirements regarding years of experience and tools.
The only time we don't visit your website is if we are trying to hire someone with mid-level experience ASAP and your right out of college.
We tend to look for is content regarding the project goal and the steps you took to get there. Mainly to see if you understand and can execute UX processes. We tend to ask during the interview insight collected during user interviews and testing.
Within the first week of the Reddit channel, I saw 5 discussion threads pop up regarding Brand Guidelines, Transiting to a UX Manager, Stressing over PMs Nitpick, and asking Why You Became a Designer.
It was beyond refreshing.
Endless side projects. I mainly garden, bake, follow baseball, or price out /plan trips. Sometimes I pick up very simple freelance work that I can be creative without needing too much energy.
I don't believe you have the correct pricing for usertesting.com.
I wish it was as little as $5... maybe if you have a $20,000 contract with them... I believe its $30 per test for 15 tests. After your 15 tests, you have to pay an additional $5k licensing fee + $30 per test. The more you order at once probably will lower that cost per test, but it will cost you.
I would leave if the startup is a product that you believe in. Startups have issues of their own and who knows if that company will be around in 2 years.
Probably my biggest fear if I ever move from agency to a corporate position... I have been on those projects before and it's mentally draining especially if you are used to a faster pace. I would say, enjoy the time to learn new things. At worse, work on making a new portfolio and chase after a better job.
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