With people who are trying to transition from other majors to UX design, it can be even more a challenge as you would have to learn the basic fundamentals of UX just like everyone else who started out in the field. Taking a few classes at a design bootcamp doesn’t fill the gap of experienced designers who have spent years learning. Sometimes the way people get into the industry is simply through the people they know, showcasing their work in public spaces, and luck. Here a few tips that have helped me grow and other designers who have made the transition from their previous jobs.
The lesson I learnt was that to avoid a bumpy ride for our users, we must always ask ourselves what is under the shiny surface of the user interface we are creating. It’s worthwhile to stop before embracing any patterns or trends and think about the value they provide. As Kate Rutter brilliantly said, “ugly but useful trumps pretty but pointless”.