Sharing some insight as I dive into whiteboard challenges

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When I started my job search in UX design, the term whiteboard challenge seemed to pop up everywhere. It seemed that whiteboard challenges were a must in any design interview process. The whole idea seemed terrifying and just made me even more anxious about the job search process.

That’s when I realized I might as well start practicing and learning how to prepare myself for the whiteboard challenge that was inevitably going to come.

Here are some tips and tricks I am trying to implement in preparing for the whiteboard challenge.

1. Breathe and take a step back


Some simple tips when it comes to inclusive design

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It seems that one of the biggest trends in design is inclusive design. I know it seems that designing for accessibility seems super hard and very expensive but that’s not always the case. There are some simple ways you can make sure you are designing for individuals who have visual, motor, auditory, speech, or cognitive disabilities.

So why should we care? Well, as designers it’s our responsibility to design for everyone. It’s important that anyone who comes across our design has a great experience.

Alright, so let’s get started.

1. Color Contrast !!


Let’s dive deeper into UX Research.

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So in my last blog post, we briefly touched on what UX research is all about. Now let’s get into some research methods you will be using while gathering your research. Every project is different and will require different methods as well as producing different deliverables.

Methods

Interviews

Interviews are one of the best ways to get to know your users and what their goals, needs, and frustrations are. There are a few different types of interview styles that aim to achieve different goals.

Scripted Interviews are great for wanting to compare answers across the board…


Just a few things you should know about UX research

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What is UX research?

UX Research is pretty much what it sounds like… it’s research. It uses the same methods as other research, both qualitative and quantitative. UX researchers have borrowed a lot of the research methods they use from other industries who already have mastered research.

Why do we research?

One of the main goals of research in UX design is to empathize with our users. The more research our users, the more we can empathize with how they live and design for their needs. We can’t exactly design…


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So you have done all your domain research, competitive analysis, and some user testing. That means it’s time to write down some concept statements!

This part of the design process can be overwhelming for some designers, including me. That’s why it’s important to be patient.


Some small tips and tricks to improve user testing

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1. Test as early and as often as possible!

One thing I learned while working on projects at Flatiron School was that it was very important to conduct user testing early on. You don’t need a fully finished product in order to conduct testing. Sometimes you only need a simple sketch with pen and paper. If a user can understand something on such a basic level, chances are that they will understand it once the product matures.


Some stuff you should know before signing up for a Bootcamp

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1. Research!

Before you start a boot camp and spend your hard-earned money, you should make sure that this is the direction you want to go into. Read UX design articles or reach out to people in the field. You want to make sure that you’re making the best decision for you!


Things I did and still do as a UX Designer.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still very new to the UX world but I’m not going to let that slow me down. Let’s get started.

1. My Experience

My past experiences are what brought me to the UX field. My background in graphic design and my experience in the hospitality industry are the stepping stones into what later became a wake-up call to look into UX design. While working in the restaurant industry I always strived to make a customer’s experience so fantastic that they would have to come back. Whether it…

Amanda Palomino

Graphic designer turned UX designer.

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