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Week 8: Teatime Topics with Robbin Arcega (Part 1)

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Week 8: Teatime Topics with Robbin Arcega (Part 1)

We’re taking a break from our regular programming this week to bring you something a little new and different for this series—with a whole lot of fun on top! Enter UX Academy alumna, current UXA weekend Group Crit Facilitator, and generally awesome person/designer/writer/tea drinker Robbin Arcega!... Read more

Week 7: Kaboom! Atomic Design Methodology!

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Week 7: Kaboom! Atomic Design Methodology!

If you’ve been following this series so far, it’s no secret that I’m exceptionally bad at making judgements about how long to spend on my homework. I’m even worse at knowing when to call time on a project—once I get moving and in a groove of sorts I zone in, unmoving, for hours on end, tinkering with minor details and finessing minutiae. And then the curriculum dropped a very timely “aha bomb” on me.... Read more

Week 6: Card Sorting, and Sitemaps, and User Flows, Oh My!

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Week 6: Card Sorting, and Sitemaps, and User Flows, Oh My!

Remember last week, when I called the battle of the big bad schedule boss in my favor? Ha, ha. Ha. And that’s all I will say about that. Week seven is here, and I can feel the pace accelerating again. There is no time for spending nearly all day on a two-hour project (something I did twice this past week), and there’s certainly no time for one of my long and contemplative musings.... Read more

Week 5: Research: An Origin Story (And the Mother of Effective Design Storytelling)

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Week 5: Research: An Origin Story (And the Mother of Effective Design Storytelling)

As a person who is obsessed with research to the point of overdoing it, it never ceases to amaze me how many industries are able to exist without letting the research do most of the heavy lifting. It’s also a large part of what makes UX the industry rocketship of the future, and what makes this UXA Journey so fun.... Read more

Week 4: Newbie Design Student Tips From The Future

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Week 4: Newbie Design Student Tips From The Future

While this last month has felt like a bullet train speeding through a college level design degree on hyperdrive, with just four weeks under our belts we here in the Weingart cohort are still only on the cusp. For those of us in the part-time track, the first week was all about design fundamentals, the next an introduction into UX, and last week, the research ramp up.... Read more

Week 3: Hitching A Ride Out Of Procrastination Station

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Week 3: Hitching A Ride Out Of Procrastination Station

For the first two weeks of UX Academy I found myself running up against the clock in an attempt to outpace the dreaded “progress report email,” and when unforeseen plumbing catastrophes knocked my already tightly wound schedule all the way into the next week (literally), I knew I had no time to linger for my daily visits with my old, enchanting friend and lifelong lover: procrastination.... Read more

Week 2: A Masterclass In Schedule Agility

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Week 2: A Masterclass In Schedule Agility

Hey there, design reader! Thea here, again or, if you didn’t catch my piece last week, then for the first time! I had hoped that the tale of my second week in UX Academy would be one of triumph: all work completed and submitted on time or even (fingers crossed) with time to spare—so much time to spare, in fact, I could even brag about being able to tackle all of the course’s additional optional lessons (and then some). That’s not what happened—not by a long shot.... Read more

Week 1: Why I'm Becoming A UX Designer In My 30s

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Week 1: Why I'm Becoming A UX Designer In My 30s

Hey there, design reader! I’m Thea. I’m a part-time student at Designlab’s UX Academy, Weingart cohort. This post is the first in a series of blogs I will be writing chronicling my experience going through UX Academy over the next six months. There’s no real set structure or agenda to these posts—instead these will be a more like a collection of musings, thoughts, take-aways, tips, reflections (and, let’s be honest, probably the occasional mini-rant) based on the journey itself. So buckle up or, rather, cuddle up close to your screens (especially if it’s snowing there, as it has been here in Seattle) ‘cause this is, hopefully, about to get interesting.... Read more

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