UX/UI Links, August 2017
Looking back at August with this "listicle" in mind, I couldn't help but sympathize with people new to User Interface Design.
Following news and trends can be overwhelming and what you need to know seems to be ever expanding. This is why I collect the best of the good advice and resources experienced practitioners share each month.
To Those New to Design offers 25 bites of knowledge, drawn from his experience to help you be a better designer (or persuade you into cheesemaking.)
User Experience Design is an overwhelmingly broad field. But it's not necessary nor even possible to know it all, at least in the beginning.
Success comes from setting yourself up for a lifelong learning experience and, as Fabrizio Teixeira, Creative Director (UX) at R/GA points out in You Don’t Need to Know Everything About UX, keep in mind that "you don’t need to be a specialist in all possible verticals within User Experience Design" to be a good designer.
Job hunting can be a draining, almost unnerving experience. Having the required skills is not enough. You need a strategy.
Beyond the perfect pixels and striking layouts, Design is about solving problems with well-crafted products and services. At the beginning of our careers, it is important to identify the best methods at hand to achieve these goals.
In How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Design Thinking, author, professor, and speaker Christina Wodtke, helps us out with this task by shining light on why "Design Thinking works better than nearly any other approach to product and service innovation." Great read to set you off to a good start in the industry.
Let's wrap up with a light-hearted post to unwind, and also rejoice in our career choice 😊.
That's it! August gave us some good reads.
If you'd like to keep discovering new content to improve your Design skills, bookmark our new website section UI Design 101, a reference guide to learn how and when to use UI Patterns to create great experiences.
For more hand-picked articles, here are our previous lists.
Jess for the Balsamiq team.