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Meet Anna – From Pharmacy Manager to Visual Designer at Centric Digital

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Meet Anna – From Pharmacy Manager to Visual Designer at Centric Digital

Growing up, Anna always knew that she wanted to be in a creative field, but felt the pressure to get a secure, well-paid job. Her parents recommended that she go to pharmacy school, get her license, and then pursue whatever she wanted to later on, with pharmacy as a safety net. We talked to Anna about how she made the decision to join UX Academy’s Disney Cohort, broke free of an unrewarding job, and landed an amazing new role as Visual Designer at Centric Digital in New York.... Read more

Building Your Design Portfolio: 10 Dos and Don’ts

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Building Your Design Portfolio: 10 Dos and Don’ts

Preparing your portfolio is exciting, but it can also be agonising. What should you include? Which layout should you choose? How do you keep it fresh? For help with these questions and more, check out our top 10 portfolio tips. Coming soon: 10 more tips for your UX design portfolio!... Read more

Meet Puja: From Pharmacy School to UX/UI Designer at Life Fitness

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UXA Success Stories

This month, we’re talking to Puja Patel, a graduate of UX Academy’s Eames Cohort. Before applying to UXA, Puja had completed pharmacy school and had just finished taking her board exams. But after formalizing her training as a pharmacist, she knew it wasn’t the career for her. We talked to Puja about how she made the difficult decision to switch careers, and embark on a new life as a UX designer!... Read more

10 Ways To Excel In A UX Bootcamp – Even With A Full-Time Job

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10 Ways To Excel In A UX Bootcamp – Even With A Full-Time Job

In his Commencement Address to Stanford University in 2005, Steve Jobs told students: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” If you're dissatisfied with your current path and are passionate about design, programs like UX Academy offer a portal to a new career. But retraining can be tough going, as you learn and apply new skills, complete demanding coursework, and often hold down the day job as well. To help, we've put together 10 tips to help you excel as you study, including advice on how to manage a packed schedule, eat right, and dispute self-doubt.... Read more

Meet Stanford: From Marketer to UX/UI Designer at RainFocus

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Stanford Kekauoha was a member of UX Academy’s fourth intake, the Disney cohort. He talked to us about how he came to switch from his Masters in Education Technology, enroll in UXA — and land an awesome new job at UX/UI designer at RainFocus... Read more

Where will UX design be in 5 years? 5 Predictions

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O'Reilly's recently published 2017 Design Salary Survey showed not only that designers working in UX command the highest median salary ($89,000), but also that those adopting new tools like Sketch, and agile, iterative ways of working, attract the highest pay. In this article, we explore the future direction of UX design within the wider industry, and explain why we believe the trend towards hiring UX expertise will continue in the years ahead.... Read more

Meet Lisa: From English Teacher to UX/UI Developer at Dell

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UXA Success Stories

This month, we’re talking to Lisa Lehrman, a member of Designlab’s Eames Cohort of UX Academy. Before starting out on the course, she’d been working as an English teacher in Spain, and had recently returned to the Bay Area ready to take a chance and move her career in a new direction. We talked to Lisa about what happened next!... Read more

9 Ways Projects Will Make You Love Learning Design

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When I decided to get serious about learning design a couple of years ago, one problem I definitely didn’t have was a lack of information. However, my experience of learning design changed when I started working on projects — small-scale design briefs that allowed me to learn new skills incrementally by challenging me to solve specific problems.... Read more

What Is Designlab’s Mission?

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Product Updates

Harish Venkatesan co-founded Designlab in 2012. In the past year, the company has begun to scale up – expanding its core staff from 3 to 12, growing its mentor base to 400 designers, and serving over a thousand students around the world in 2016. I talked to Harish about what motivated him to start Designlab, the mission and values that drive the company’s work today, and where he sees the future of design education... Read more

The Gift Economy and What it Means for Designers

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The holiday season is traditionally a time to give and receive gifts. But what are the origins of this custom, and why do we observe it? In this article, we’re going to take a look at the cultural significance of the gift, and explore how creative vocations, including design, are wrapped up in the gift economy.... Read more

Meet Jonathan: Upskilling With UX Academy

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This month, we’re talking to Jonathan Netek, a graduate of UX Academy Carson Cohort. Before enrolling in UXA, Jonathan was a UX Designer at Baylor College of Medicine. After upskilling with Designlab, he landed a new higher profile job doing UX/Visual Design at FlightAware in Houston, TX.... Read more

Meet Tracy: From Graphic Design to UI & UX Design

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This month, we’re talking to UX Academy graduate Tracy Lin. Before enrolling, Tracy was was a freelance graphic designer working full time in production management – a role she continued to fulfil alongside her studies with Designlab. We talked to Tracy her experience of the course and how she’s getting on in her new job as a UX/UI designer with a fashion group.... Read more

Meet Peter: From Marketer To UI Designer At Adidas

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This month, we’re talking to Peter Javorkai, a UX Academy graduate who previously worked as a digital expert in advertising and marketing for a multinational agency. Working both client-side and agency-side, he spent six years in the role before deciding to enroll with Designlab. Read on to learn about Peter's experience of the course, and to find out what he did next.... Read more

7 Reasons Why You Should Get Into UX Design

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What is user experience (UX) design? And why is it so big right now? As well as answering these questions, this article will explore how UX design can enhance people’s lives, how the industry will change and grow in the coming years, and how you can get trained up as a UX designer without going to design school. Oh, and did I mention that the average salary of a UX designer is approaching $90,000?... Read more

Meet Sammy: From Biosciences Into UX Design

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This month we’re talking to Sammy de Joya, another UX Academy success story who successfully made the switch from a career in biosciences, landing a UX design job a couple of weeks before she finished her studies at Designlab.... Read more

How to Get Hired: Understand If You’re an I, T, or X-Shaped Person

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Do you and your organisation have strength in breadth as well as depth? In this article we explore how important “T-shaped” people are to effective collaboration, and suggest some ways to expand your own set of skills.... Read more

From Management to UX Designer at Backbase: Meet Celeste North

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Welcome to the latest in our series of interviews with Designlab students. This time, we meet Celeste North, a UX Academy graduate who made the transition from a job as Country Manager for MUBI to become a UX Designer with Backbase, based in Amsterdam.... Read more

Why Design III: Your Growth Potential + Leadership

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The benefits of studying design go beyond money, career growth, and learning. Read on to learn more about how design can impact your career trajectory and leadership skills.... Read more

Meet Wendy: From Customer Service to Product Designer at Microsoft

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Wendy Pei's journey into UX started out in customer service, and then freelance graphic and UI design. After joining and graduating from the first cohort of UX Academy, she landed a position as Product Designer at Microsoft. Read this interview to learn more about Wendy, her path to becoming a Product Designer, and her mission to design a safer, happier, healthier and more informed world.... Read more

Why Design II: Problem Solving in New Ways

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Learning design can definitely impact how you’re perceived on the job – but maybe not in the way you think! ... Read more

Why Design I: Design is in Demand

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Startups

Designers are getting serious respect from Silicon Valley. You’ve likely seen the stats and the press.... Read more

Meet Marko, the self-taught freelancer

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When Marko Vuletič was a teenager in Slovenia, he made a promise to himself – he would never be average. This decision made over a decade ago has shaped and transformed how Marko has approached his career, from dropping out of college to deciding to specialize as a designer. ... Read more

Designlab Course Interview: The Power of Mentors During a Career Switch

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Kacy is a veteran of three Designlab’s courses - Design 101, UX Research, UX Academy - and her investment in learning a new skill has paid off. She says, “As cliche as it sounds, Designlab truly changed my life. It helped me rediscover my passion for art and has put me on a path to UX design that I couldn’t be more excited for!” ... Read more

Kill Your Darlings: How To Edit Your Own Portfolio

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Your portfolio is your best marketing tool. It’s your visual resume. When someone looks at a resume, they typically only glance it over. The same is true for a portfolio. You only have so much time to convey who you are and what you do, so get specific. Kill, baby, kill.... Read more

The Art of Critique

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Critique is a foundational part of art and design education. Critique is the process of evaluating others work and ideas. The process is simple, but there is definitely an art to giving and receiving a meaningful critique. ... Read more

Designlab Course Review: Aspiring Coder Christine Oskison Realizes Design is Her Language

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Christine Oskison had dreamed about a career change, but knew that pursuing another degree wasn’t realistic. She completed online web development classes, but realized that, “While I enjoyed learning how to code, I was even more passionate about learning visual design.” Read on to hear about her experiences with using online learning to build a design portfolio and the assignment she’d have you complete to become a better designer.... Read more

Mentor Profile: Ryan Brock Helps Kickstart Your Design Career

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“One of the biggest problems I see with people who want to get into design is they think it’s much harder than it actually is. It’s a career that you can try really easily without taking a big risk,” says Designlab mentor Ryan Brock. And Ryan should know. His own journey as a designer has been filled with trying, exploring, and doing.... Read more

Designlab Course Review: Jesse Yowell Discovers Typography

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While working as a Support Engineer for Atlassian for the last eight years, Jesse Yowell had an urge to pivot his career from engineering to user experience. After talking to designers at Atlassian and reading books about UX, Jesse knew it was time to enroll in a course to start building his skills and his portfolio. “I found the Design 101 course on Designlab, which seemed like the perfect starting point,” he says. Here’s Jesse first-hand account of his experience as a Designlab student!... Read more

UX or UI - Which Career is Best for You?

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Both UX and UI designers work on creating beautiful interfaces, but their involvement and skill sets are required at different times during the design and development process. So how do you know which career is the best fit for you? Learn more about what UX and UI designers do on a daily basis to figure out where you’ll excel.... Read more

You Might Be a Good Designer If...

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Thinking about a career in design but not sure if it’s the right fit? Worried you don’t have the art school background or Photoshop chops? Fear not! The truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for becoming a designer - no two designers are alike in experience, career path, interest, or skill set.... Read more

UI/UX Designer... what does that even mean?

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We’ve noticed something funny at Designlab over the past few months. The web/mobile design industry, for a variety of reasons, is particularly tricky to break into if you don’t already have a deep background in the field. No one seems to agree on the terminology of what UI and UX design even are... Read more

Student Stories: Dalton Mitchell, Programmer

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Dalton Mitchell is a programming extraordinaire and former Designlab student. We sat down with Dalton to chat about his aspirations, artistry, and pursuits in design.... Read more

Designer Interview - Lise Statelman

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Get to know Lise, one of the Designlab mentors for our upcoming Design Essential for Developers course. Lise graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Afterwards, she spent time in Boston doing Web and Graphic Design work.... Read more

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