A not-so-easy, but cost-effective guide to becoming a UX professional

Josh Kim
Josh Kim
Jan 3, 2019 · 2 min read
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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.

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UX professionals in the world, with a logarithmic scale for the y-axis (data from 1950 to 2017 are best estimates; 2018–2050 are forecasts)
  1. Creative Confidence” by Tom & David Kelley is another good book for those interested on whether or not they have the capacity to become a designer (spoiler: anyone can, it just takes practice).

Series Overview

I’ve written three articles which will guide curious beginners straight through to true academic research and professional routine. Each article focuses on one of three perspectives:

  1. The benefits of academic UX reading, and how to commit to it
  2. The importance of a design community, and how to find it

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