A Monday doodle from a few years back about the makings for an ideal design leadership role. Still true. Good wish list to have in hand when you’re considering an offer or taking a peek behind the organizational curtain.

Easier to read, non-handwritten version with improved punctuation:

  1. You don’t need to sell the benefits of user experience design. Instead you’re talking about how to measure the benefits.
  2. You have support from above and below (internally and externally).
  3. You report into someone who’s got your back and your organization may not understand exactly what you do but they respect your recommendations…

Not a fan of the long read? Only have 60 seconds? I hear you. Here’s a visual summary of the 10 things you should do when looking for a job and 10 things you shouldn’t.

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The Long Form

On Impostor Syndrome and Otherness:

A long, long time ago (at least in tech years) when I was in grad school, I read an article that still speaks to me in dark times. Its title? Mighty is the Mongrel. I can tell you that up until this point in time, I’d never heard mutts like me celebrated. Quite the opposite. I was a “multidisciplinary” artsy/science-y weirdo who defied all boxes…


SO YOU’RE READY TO LEAP INTO STUDYING UX

You’re intrigued by User Experience design, Interaction Design and/or Human-Computer Interaction. Now where to get started and get some credentials? If you haven’t already discovered, there are LOTS of options out there: degrees, online courses, certificates, workshops, bootcamps, conferences, books, blogs…each promising to give you the foundational knowledge and skills to make it as a successful UX designer.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO UX

A word of caution before you launch. First get familiar with the various interpretations of UX, and the different types of roles (yes, there’s more than one!) as well as the hard and soft skills required.

I know that might sound counterintuitive…


SO YOU’RE TRYING TO FIND A SOLID PLACE TO STUDY UX DESIGN— HERE’S A CHECKLIST

I’ll cut right to the chase: the “best” UX design or HCI degree, bootcamp, or program is the one that best matches your own goals, learning style, and budget. I’ve compiled a list of themes and questions to help you evaluate and make a sound decision. As you read through them, pause and reflect: What are your own expectations? What priorities float to the top? Do you naturally gravitate to certain themes?

Defining your expectations and objectives upfront will help narrow your choices and make the decision process easier. …

Laura B

Design educator, problem wrangler, idea explorer, urban spelunker, 混血. Insatiably curious about people and places. uxdesigneducation.com + uxdesignstrategy.com

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