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  • How do I get started in UX?”

  • This is something we get asked a lot. And it’s not surprisingUX designers are in

  • demand right now. Executives and managers are realising that a user’s experience of

  • a company’s product or service is crucial to their bottom line, and that that experience

  • can be designed.

  • So we thought we'd put together a short video that summarises what we think is the best

  • way to get started in user experience. We break it down into six steps.

  • The first step is for you to get educated. Now, we don’t mean that you need to go and

  • invest three years and thousands of dollars into a university degree in interaction design

  • or something. There are plenty of great books, and a lot of excellent online courses that

  • you can work through in your own time to get going.

  • Your second step is to get the right tools. In terms of software, it's absolutely crucial

  • that you get yourself a copy of some wireframing software, like Balsamiq mockups or Axure, and some

  • screen capture software such as Silverback or Camtasia. These tools aren't free, but

  • they will empower you to be able to create low-fidelity prototypes, and test them with

  • real users. And remember that your toolkit should include non-software toolsthe three

  • Ps: pens, paper, and post-its.

  • Your next step is to get some experience. You have a ton of options hereit could

  • be a personal project, a not-for-profit that you donate your time to, or a hypothetical

  • client that you take it upon yourself to research and redesign. What's important is that you

  • start following a user-centred process, and iterating and folding in regular feedback

  • from users along the way.

  • It's also important that you get connected. Find other UXers in your areathrough

  • or a professional association like IxDA. Reach out to prominent bloggers in the UX space.

  • Ask questions in the UX Mastery community forums. These relationships can be invaluable

  • for keeping you motivated, helping you learn, and finding your next job!

  • You should also get a mentor. This doesn’t need to be a formal relationship, but you

  • do need someone who is more experienced and can offer advice on how to solve design problems

  • and how to manage your career. You may even have a few people in your network already, who can

  • mentor you on different topics.

  • Your last step is to get hired. This involves taking all of that experience that you've

  • accumulated, and presenting it in some form of portfolio, either online or in print, like

  • many graphic designers do. You shouldn’t show off visual design artefacts thoughyou

  • should use this portfolio to explain the process you follow, use it as a launchpad to tell a story about the projects

  • you've worked on.

  • That's it! If you put time into each of these six steps, then give yourself a gold staryoure

  • well on your way to a successful career as a UX designer!

  • If you'd like to hear more, check out our ebook, which is called Get Started in UX.

  • It explores each of these six steps in detail, and comes with a ton of bonus material.

  • Grab your copy now from

How do I get started in UX?”

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