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Introducing Course Rubric and Project Approvals

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Product Updates

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Introducing Course Rubric and Project Approvals

Back in May, we launched our revamped UX Academy program. It included a major update to the course curriculum, as well as the addition of Group Crits and Career Services. But there were also more granular improvements to the Designlab platform, including the introduction of two new assessment features: a course rubric, and project approvals.... Read more

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

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UXA Success Stories

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

15 Quotes To Inspire UX Designers

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UX Academy

15 Quotes To Inspire UX Designers

We've put together 15 quotes from design greats like Dieter Rams, Jony Ive, and Massimo Vignelli to inspire you in your work.... Read more

Introducing the Norman Cohort of UX Academy

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UXA Cohorts

Welcome to members of our new UX Academy intake, the Norman Cohort! They're named after Don Norman, a co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group.... Read more

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

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UX Academy

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

7 Reasons We Love Hayao Miyazaki — Introducing the UXA Miyazaki Cohort

Creativity

UX Academy

UXA Cohorts

7 Reasons We Love Hayao Miyazaki — Introducing the UXA Miyazaki Cohort

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone who inspires us. Our April cohort is named after the great Japanese animator and film director, Hayao Miyazaki (born 1941), celebrated for films such as Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro and The Wind Rises.... Read more

Introducing the new UX Academy

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Product Updates

UX Academy

Introducing the new UX Academy

Revamped curriculum, Career Services, Group Crits: today, we’re pushing the button on a *huge* update of UX Academy. UX Academy first launched in late 2015 as an experiment — to see if the Designlab online platform, which we’d pioneered for short courses like Design 101, could be extended to train full-time designers. Just 18 months later, the experiment has been a resounding success — with huge value delivered to students, and 95% of graduates landing a UX design job within six months of completing the course.... Read more

“But will I get a job at the end of it?” — Introducing Career Services at Designlab

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Product Updates

UX Academy

“But will I get a job at the end of it?” — Introducing Career Services at Designlab

“But will I get a job at the end of it?” — that’s often the priority question from prospective students when they’re weighing whether to enroll in a program like Designlab’s UX Academy. Over the past few months, we’ve been piloting Career Services in UX Academy — a new feature we're incredibly excited about. Students are assigned to a Career Coach at the end of the course, and they then work together for up to 3 months to improve their portfolio, job applications, and interview techniques. In this article, we explain the thinking behind Career Services, outline how it works, and explore some of the ways that it’s already benefiting students.... Read more

5 Ways To Create A Winning UX Academy Application

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UX Academy

5 Ways To Create A Winning UX Academy Application

UX Academy is an intensive, rigorous program – requiring at least 40 hours of coursework each week on the full time track, and 20 hours part time. We want students to succeed, not struggle – and that’s why we enforce strict admission criteria for the program. We’ve received over 500 applications to UX Academy in the past year, and in this article we’re sharing with you the 5 qualities that set apart successful applications. ... 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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UX Academy

UXA Success Stories

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

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

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UX Academy

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

7 Ways Roy Lichtenstein Inspires Us — Introducing the UXA Lichtenstein Cohort

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UXA Cohorts

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone who inspires us. Our March cohort follow in the footsteps of the great twentieth-century pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), famous for his humorous, high-impact paintings that mimicked the forms of contemporary popular culture.... Read more

Meet Rachee: From Web Designer To Product Designer at Eved

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UX Academy

UXA Success Stories

This month, we’re talking to UX Academy graduate Rachee Jacobs, who studied with the second cohort of UXA students in 2016. Before UXA, Rachee was a digital designer, tackling everything from logos and brochures to websites, landing pages and even conference booths. We talked to her about her passion for design, her experience of the UXA program, and how she landed a new job as Product Designer at Eved in Chicago.... Read more

7 Things We Love About Susan Kare — Introducing the Kare Cohort

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UX Academy

UXA Cohorts

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone that inspires us. February’s cohort takes the name of contemporary designer Susan Kare, famous for making the original Apple Mac icons, and a succession of other pixel graphics including the card designs for Microsoft Solitaire (Windows 3.0).... Read more

7 Inspiring Facts About Nicolas Jenson — Introducing the Jenson Cohort

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UXA Cohorts

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone that inspires us. January’s cohort is named after the type designer Nicolas Jenson (b. 1420, Sommevoire, France; d. 1480, Venice, Italy).... Read more

Meet Jonathan: Upskilling With UX Academy

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UXA Success Stories

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

9 Reasons Jony Ive Inspires Us — Introducing The Ive Cohort

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UXA Cohorts

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone that inspires us. December’s cohort takes the name of Sir Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer at Apple.... Read more

Meet Tracy: From Graphic Design to UI & UX Design

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UXA Success Stories

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

9 Reasons We Love Zaha Hadid — Introducing the UX Academy Hadid Cohort

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UX Academy

UXA Cohorts

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone that inspires us. November’s cohort takes the name of Zaha Hadid, the British–Iraqi architect who passed away earlier this year at the age of sixty-five. ... Read more

Meet Peter: From Marketer To UI Designer At Adidas

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UX Academy

UXA Success Stories

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

UX Academy — Introducing the Gray Cohort

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UX Academy

UXA Cohorts

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy cohorts is named after someone that inspires us. October’s intake takes the name of Eileen Gray, a prolific twentieth-century designer who was forgotten for much of her career but has achieved widespread recognition in the decades following her death.... Read more

Meet Sammy: From Biosciences Into UX Design

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UX Academy

UXA Success Stories

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

UX Academy — Introducing the Fuller Cohort

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Product Updates

UX Academy

UXA Cohorts

Paige Saez here, Creative Director of Designlab, with an update about recent developments in the UX Academy community. In amongst many larger developments, we’ve also begun to focus on the smaller, more experientially significant process changes too. One of these small but significant changes is the names we give to our UX Academy cohorts.... Read more

Upcoming Updates to Group Hangouts

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Product Updates

UX Academy

In this post, we’ll outline how we applied the design thinking process to Hangouts in UX Academy — how we analyzed the strengths and weaknesses, our findings, and the resulting updates that will be coming soon.... Read more

How To Give And Receive Design Critique Well

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Visual Design

Creativity

Mentor

UX Academy

It’s pretty unusual to find someone who enjoys critique. In this article we’ll look at what critique is, why it matters, and why we should all learn to love and cherish it. We’ll explore what is involved in conducting a good design critique, and outline some key principles for how to give good feedback to others. In conclusion, we’ll offer a few words on how to receive critique well, and look at a 10-point checklist to help you next time you’re invited to comment on somebody’s work.... Read more

From Management to UX Designer at Backbase: Meet Celeste North

UX Design

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UX Academy

UXA Success Stories

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

Meet Wendy: From Customer Service to Product Designer at Microsoft

UX Design

Careers

UX Academy

UXA Success Stories

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

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