Tuesday, July 1, 2014

First steps in User Experience

The purpose of this article is to give you an idea of where to go once you've decided that you are interested in learning about User Experience or Interaction Design.

Maybe your just checking out what user experience is. Maybe you are somewhat of a newbie. Maybe you are just interested in learning if there are areas that you missed in your climb to be king of Human Centered Design. What ever the reason, this is a great place to get a push in the right direction for building your career or developing your understand of User Experience design.


1Pick up the right booksUser experience is a great big domain of knowledge. It's a kingdom of many sub regions. It's a bathroom of many facets (just kidding, but not really). Start reading books that are in line with what the more seasoned User Experience Practitioners are suggesting.

User Experience Reading List
2Get to know the leadersWhen you are first learning, it's important that you get to know who the leaders are in the practice, and why. Where best to look then their websites!

Check out some websites that have been highly regarded as being a great resource to look at.

Best UX Websites
3Find your strengthAs mentioned before, there are many facets to User Experience: Usability Testing, Visual Design, Architectural Design, Typography, Speaking, Meeting Facilitation, and on... and on... and on...

There's an old saying that says, "When you are trying to be the best at everything, you're not really the best at anything." They way I interpret this is that it's good to find something you are good at and that you like doing, and then master it.

Maybe your interest is in research (like mine), or maybe you are into data visualization.

The point, is that it's time to get out there and get your real world User Experience experience!

Good luck friend! ~eeklipzz

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