A look at what's going on in the field of user experience.
Quick! Think of the word “developer” or “coder” — what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe a whiteish male in his twenties living in a busy metropolis, wearing a nerdy t-shirt and hoodie? Someone a bit like Mark Zuckerberg? Or maybe a younger Bill Gates or Sergey Brin? Any of the dudes from the HBO series Silicon Valley, perhaps? Certainly no one like me.
By tech standards, I’m old. I’m also female and a mother. I live in a midwestern town you’ve never heard of and will never visit — a town where the cows vastly outnumber the people. My hair color is (almost) natural and is no longer part of the ROYGBIV collection, so I have no perceived conference street cred. I own about a thousand geeky T-shirts, but never actually wear them in public, opting for more “girly” attire (or so was pointed out by a male colleague). On the surface, I look more suited to taking notes at a PTA meeting than writing code. I’m a bit of an outsider. A tech misfit.
Imagine you’re ready to apply for your next job. Like most busy professionals, you probably haven’t updated your résumé or your portfolio since you looked for your current job.
Now you need to update both, and you can’t remember what work you’ve done over the past few years. (In fact, you can barely remember what you’ve done over the past few months!)
In marketing, transparency and vulnerability are unjustly stigmatized. The words conjure illusions of being frightened, imperfect, and powerless. And for companies that shove carefully curated personas in front of users, little is more terrifying than losing control of how people perceive the brand.
Let’s shatter this illusioned stigma. Authentic vulnerability and transparency are strengths masquerading as weaknesses. And companies too scared to embrace both traits in their content forfeit bona fide user-brand connections for often shallow, misleading engagement tactics that create fleeting relationships.
How to take your design internship from 0 to 100.So you’ve just gotten yourself a design internship. How do you make the most of it?If I could go back to myself when I started my design career and got my first internship, there are five things I’d tell myself to make the most of those early career steps. I’m now paying it forward to the broader design community out there by sharing the five tactics that, looking back, have helped shape me to be a better designer.
#1 Leverage your network while you have easy accessDuring your internship, you have virtually unlimited and easy access to:
A game is a framework for play and interaction. It’s an effective set of rules to direct our many forms of individual and group exercise.
Telework. It’s the holy grail. No commuting, access to your own refrigerator, and best of all, no shared bathrooms! It’s clearly a desire within the workforce and employers are responsive to the demand. You’ll be hard pressed to find a job description that doesn’t identify its teleworking options.
There’s no doubt telework is a great benefit and research shows it can have a positive impact on a company’s workforce. The Office of Personnel and Management’s 2018 report on telework outlines improvements in worker attitudes, preparedness, retention, and recruitment.
By Jonathan Walter
Working with multiple product teams can be a rewarding experience for UX designers. You gain exposure to diverse groups of people, work in different parts of the business, and design a variety of products—large and small. This often leads to growth opportunities within your discipline and enhances your reputation within the company for which you work.
By Steven Hoober
I often think about the principles that drive design. Not just when musing in my spare time or because another column for UXmatters is due, but in my day-to-day work as I make decisions about how to design a product or solve a problem or discuss how to make a teammate’s design better.
By Meghan Wenzel
The amount of data we produce every day is growing exponentially. This explosion of raw data means synthesis, analysis, and interpretation are more important than ever before. Without the right processes and tools in place to understand and act on our data, it has little value. It is essential that we understand what data is available, how it can answer pressing questions, and how it can enable action.