From 2017 to 2019 I have completed 63 books which I share with my Deloitte Digital DC Studio crew

At the beginning of 2019, I set a goal to hustle harder by studying and annotating 30 books related to my career as a UX designer by year end on top of my client work and volunteering obligations.

365 days of studying later, I completed 41 books based on recommendations from mentors, peers, and curiosity. You can view my full 2019 reading list here.

I ended the year significantly smarter than the last, but at a cost.

41 books later I have learned:


Picture of Tom Greever speaking at a conference
Picture of Tom Greever speaking at a conference
Tom Greever, author of Articulating Design Decisions

Over the past year, I read 41 books on design. Of all of the books recommended to me by mentors and peers, Greever’s “Articulating Design Decisions” was the most baffling in terms of credibility.

Although the book is generally well praised in the community, I want to highlight Greever’s failure to be reflexive along with the consequences his book may create for the design community at large.


A reader-made appendix to The Sketch Handbook by Christian Krammer

Let’s make random duplication work in 2019.

I hit a roadblock today as I was reading through The Sketch Handbook by Christian Krammer- the Craft plugin wasn’t randomizing my text or photo data when I used the duplicate feature. It also seems like many others have been experiencing this issue as well with the new version of Sketch, so here’s a quick and easy alternative for those reading the book in 2019.


Part 3 of 3 in “A not-so-easy, but cost-effective guide to becoming a UX professional”

It is difficult to improve at any skill rapidly in a social vacuum. Before going too deep into any form of study, do your best to find a UX mentor and community.

While brief mentorship sessions may not give you the breadth or depth needed to become design fluent, they are invaluable in diagnosing best path forwards and untangling roadblocks you may encounter. …


Part 2 of 3 in “A not-so-easy, but cost-effective guide to becoming a UX professional”

I’ve included a full list of recommended readings from curiosity to practical level at the bottom of this article.

In order to find a substitute to the rigor of academia, why not replicate it? One of the most overlooked and simplest ways of kickstarting a UX career is through books (I’ve created a list at the bottom of this article for you to use) and community (we’ll talk about this in a bit.)


Part 1 of 3 in “A not-so-easy, but cost-effective guide to becoming a UX professional”

Photo by Jens Lelie on Unsplash

Unfortunately, there is no easy replacement to the rigor of academic programs. The early stages of learning should be frequent, regular, and precise. While academia easily addresses all of these topics through daily coursework, access to professors, and an immediate community- it is hard to replicate properly in the real world.

When I first started in the field, I was tempted to commit to two initial routes for learning. I’ll cover the common dilemmas associated with these, and why they may not be the best choice in the long run.

Online Articles on Medium, LinkedIn, etc

Many new UX designers I have interacted with (including myself…


Foreward

As UX becomes more appealing to businesses as a driver of value, it’s reasonable to infer that there will be a significant increase in those interested in UX as a career. In fact Jakob Nielsen has made a bold approximation that the UX profession will grow by a factor of 100 from 2017 to 2050.

Josh Kim

Inclusive Designer | joshkimux.com

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