How do I start a career in UX Design?
I am looking to make the transition from Operations/Customer Service to UX Design. Any advice on courses in Dublin, Ireland? Recommendations for suggested reading (books, LinkedIn, blogs etc.) and companies to research would also be welcomed.
It's important to know what people are looking for these days in Web and mobile UIs first.
So reading smashing magazine regularly and sites like AWWWARDS would bring you closer to this part of world.
Next step is to find a right tool you would like to be expert at. And there are plenty available in the market.
Most popular is Adobe Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator. You can get plenty of free video tutorials for it on web or you can go to sites like Lynda to get well structured lessons. Check this - http://www.lynda.com/allcourses?category=design_40&views=0
First create your own web page, take feedbacks from experts, friends and industry colleagues.
Participate in design feedback platform like - http://www.conceptfeedback.com/
See how other experts are helping each other. That will help you immensely.
UI/UX is ever evolving space, so you will have to keep yourself motivated and always have a faith in what you doing.
End goal should be to improve usability and make it easy for people to use web and mobile apps through your creations. And most importantly improve conversion for business owners.
Good luck !!!
+ 1 for the free Stanford course human computer interaction
I would also check meetup.org for UX groups in your area.
One thing I found really helpful is to think about the current services you use and what your pain points are with them. Is there one action that has too many steps? Is there something that could be solved with interface design? Books can give you a good start, but thinking and trying to solve problems is faster and stickier.
Start sketching wireframes or use fast clickable tools like GoMockingingbird or HotGloo to test your ideas.
Start looking at design patterns, and UI libraries to see how to accomplish things with templates premade.
And ask questions! Lots of them! UX is all about questions starting with "how could we make this better?"
Check out the Unicorn Institute, though not in Ireland. It might be of interest to you. I'd also recommend Steve Krug's "Don't make me think" guide/book.
Gavin, for a more focused ongoing discussion around UX, I'd recommend the IXDA site (http://www.ixda.org). There id always a lot of lively conversation there, and also quite a few other resources to help you get started. Beyond that...start prototyping! Pick an interface you think could use work and reimagine it. As Lance Keene points out, the most important thing a potential employer will want to see is an actual demonstration of your thinking and skills. Good luck!
To start with I think you should visit online tutorials to understand the basics, the technologies involved etc. and then you can start with the coaching very easily.
Try looking some of the work online like the samples/ demos provided to get an idea.
All the resources that people give here for study are great but you also need experience. In the end when you try to get on somewhere as a UX designer they are going to ask "show me examples of your work." If you have nothing to show then it's not going to go well. It's the classic chicken & egg problem. You may need to do some projects for free like a college intern to get some experience and build a portfolio. You can probably pick up some gigs at www.oDesk.com or www.Guru.com.
Hi Gavin, well there are many books on UX Design, I can recommend you "Don't make me think" by Steve Krug for starting knowing about web usability. Also Subject to Change from Adaptive Path. Other sites:
But also is very important to practice a lot to gain experience. Participate in Usability Weeks events, try http://www.uie.com/
On top of all answers I would to recommend to take a look at https://class.coursera.org/hci/lecture at Stanford.
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