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Is UX Design A Good Career Fit for Working Mothers?

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Is UX Design A Good Career Fit for Working Mothers?

In honor of the recent anniversary of the Women’s March and the millions of people who took to the streets around the world for a second year in a row, it feels apropos to take this time to reexamine how we’re doing in terms of gender equality and breaking down the barriers women face in the workforce.... Read more

Who Needs The New Year? Why Today Is Always The Best Time To Make A Change

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Who Needs The New Year? Why Today Is Always The Best Time To Make A Change

As we begin the new year, you’ll find plenty of advice articles about making New Year’s resolutions and, for skeptics, you can even find articles about cultivating “anti-New Year’s resolutions” too. We have all perhaps felt the pressure to take stock of our lives and career as the old year tapers to an end and assess whether something may be falling short on our expectations. In this piece, Esther Lee explores why we make resolutions – and why we needn't wait for the New Year to make positive changes in our lives and careers.... Read more

How a mentor can help you master design faster

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How a mentor can help you master design faster

As a fumbling art student during college, I used to create installations out of ephemeral and toxic materials, like resin, eggs, fiberglass insulation, and dead bees. It was during this time of messy (and smelly) experiments that I encountered a life-changing mentor — sculptor and art professor, Ed Love. While mentors are referred to in multiple ways — coach, advocate, guide, facilitator, adviser, guide, guru, counselor, tutor, consultant — a common thread of approach is highlighted in this quote by the poet Robert Frost about mentoring, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”... Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming A Designer Without Going To Design School (Part 2)

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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming A Designer Without Going To Design School (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the options for getting trained up as a professional designer without going to design school. But your preparation for a career in design doesn’t end just because your course did. In this installment, we’re taking a look at what comes next – including how to present a portfolio and what to put in it, as well as how to identify job opportunities that are a good match for your interests and skills. We’ll also cover some of the bigger questions about embarking on a professional design role – above all, what your goals are.... Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming A Designer Without Going To Design School

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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming A Designer Without Going To Design School

Chances are you landed on this post because: 1) you hate your job, 2) you need a change, and 3) you’re thinking about making design your new career. If so, congratulations – you’ve already taken the first, and perhaps the hardest, step. You’ve set your heart on a career in design, and you've committed to a new, more rewarding professional path. If, however, you’ve only recently started considering a career change into design, it’s worth taking a bit of time to get familiar with the design profession, to explore the different career paths that are open to you, and to think about whether you might eventually want to specialize in any particular field.... Read more

Am I Too Old To Switch Careers?

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Am I Too Old To Switch Careers?

Does this story feel familiar? You once had your heart set on getting that perfectly-chosen degree, pursued what you thought was the perfect major for yourself, and then landed what seemed like the perfect job, only to discover — either immediately or after several years — that your career didn’t bring you the joy or sense of fulfillment you thought it would. At times (okay, maybe often) you actually dread going to work, you feel stuck, and find yourself fantasizing about doing something else. Well, you're not alone.... Read more

11 Certain Signs You’re Ready For A New Career

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11 Certain Signs You’re Ready For A New Career

A Day In The Life Of Someone Who’s Seriously In Need Of Another Job ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Unmasking Myths of Creativity

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Creativity is a defining feature of what it means to be human. Yet modern concepts of creative people—and the process of creativity—remain off-kilter because of popular myths. Why is something so important to human nature so frequently misunderstood?... Read more