Want to make money in UX?

UX is big business.

In fact, right now there are more UX open positions on job boards than there are for Front End developers. Which doesn’t make much sense, unless there’s a sudden shift in the market in 6 months time when there’s a ton of wireframes ready and no one around to take them live. But I’m happy to go with the flow.

So how do you secure your dream job in this market?

Without experience you won’t be able to reach beyond a mid-level position, but what ‘experience’ do others have? Is it worth dropping down a level just to get in the door? Is time sat at a desk on a project more valued than a creative spark or natural talent? I don’t know, I’m asking you.

But here’s my advice to young folk wanting to muscle in. Listen up, whipper-snappers.

What you need are 3 things – a portfolio (to show what you can do), an awareness of what you need to do (and why we do it), and an understanding of the marketplace for the client.

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Is UX a waste of time? The Final Chapter

*Spoiler alert – it’s not. But there are some stuff we need to fix.

Issue 3 – ‘That’s Agile, baby’

Agile. Stupid Agile. This is where I lose the Agile Evangelists.

Fact is, Agile is great for clients. It’s great for PMs, and the wider company image to show that “we’re human, we all make mistakes, let’s figure it out”.

And actual ‘real’ coding development works well when Agile methodology is managed right – with a strong team – although it’s got to be said a little better on the Back End side.

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Is UX a waste of time? Part Two

What is Wrong with UX – Numero Dos.

Last time we introduced the dark art of UX problems. Our aim is to cut the wheat from the chaff. The belly button fluff from the belly button. Not for philanthropic reasons – oh no – it’s so that Charlatans don’t give the profession such a bad rep that we can’t work in it any longer! Or they throw all the UX work to BA’s. And none of us want that.

Remember the first problem? Let’s dive straight into the next big one.

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Is UX a waste of time?

OK. Spoiler alert. This is not going to go down well with everybody.

I’ve worked in ‘UX’ (yes, careful use of speech marks) for many years, since people jumped onto this new acronym and suddenly if you knew what it meant, you were part of “the club”.

And for a discipline where so few experts have a HCI degree, work-based qualification or even any form of training (from a ‘real life’ person), I’m waiting for the shift in abuse on LinkedIn spam from recruiter-bashing to UX-designer hate.

Surely as a discipline, it’s the easiest to break into, the easiest to succeed at, and the easiest to blag your way to the very top.

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Front End UX

Want to make money in UX?

UX is big business. In fact, right now there are more UX open positions on job boards than...

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Agile Front End UX

Is UX a waste of time? The Final Chapter

*Spoiler alert – it’s not. But there are some stuff we need to fix. Issue 3...

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Front End UX

Is UX a waste of time? Part Two

What is Wrong with UX – Numero Dos. Last time we introduced the dark art of UX problems. Our...

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