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Few thoughts: Lead UX is the top position in an organization which is responsible to drive UX process for the entire department or organization as a whole. This designation explains organizational hierarchy indicating that Lead UX is the top person in that organization. Now such a person in terms of experience may be a mid-level, mid-to-senior or a senior ...


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There are UX designers that can also create great icons. There are UX designers that can also write JavaScript. There are UX designers that can whip out SQL queries on demand. And then there are UX designers that don't do any of that. Point being, there is no one template for being a UX designer. Having a well-rounded set of extra skills is certainly a ...


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I did the exact thing you are looking to do. I worked for years as a web designer and started adding the UX skills as it went along, seeing that this field was really opening up. I now work for a company that builds pretty complex software for the commercial insurance industry and find myself involved in listening to the business development people talk ...


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Good question but a ticky one to answer :). Here would be my inputs considering I just broke into the HCI field a couple of years back or so: Understand that HCI is not about just graphic design or Information architecture or interaction design or user research. You could work as a developer and still have an active interest in human computer interactions ...


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If what you're showing is just a finished product, then there is no difference between a UX and a design portfolio. If you want to show a UX portfolio, you need to justify the changes made from a UX perspective. The best way that I have seen of this is to communicate the process that you followed and show intermediate steps with sketches and notes ...


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Lots of great answers here. I'd like to add- Many people who go into UX Design come from tons of different backgrounds. I've seen people switch into it from Psychology, Marketing, Copywriting, Development, and even engineering. Anyone who thinks they know how to empathize with the user. I myself came from a Graphic Design background. The role of UX ...


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Can you be a Web and UX Designer or a Web Designer with UX skills? Yes. (Seems like I should elaborate. In general, there is no one definition for 'UX' designer. Yes, some do only wireframes. Some do wireframes and JS. Some do JS and icon design. Some do branding and user testing. Some do research and interviews. There's a large range of skills that ...


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it's all about what attitude you have towards learning. Six years ago I began an education called Information Architecture at Malmö University. I was 39 years then, and thought I was the oldest one in class. As it turned out, my classmate was a year older. In 2010 I got my bachelor degree at the age of 42. Age is not a factor. Proper education or self ...


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Is the reality that most UX designers/researchers start in visual/graphic/web design and move into UX? This varies a lot from market to market. In Minneapolis, where I currently work, the vast majority of "UX designers" have backgrounds in visual design. But: As much as anything, this is because there are very few people in this market with a background ...


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A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement (CA), confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA), or secrecy agreement, is a legal contract between at least two parties that outlines confidential material, knowledge, or information that the parties wish to share with one another for certain ...


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The confusion is created by the fact different people have different understanding of what an UX designer does. I'm exactly the same because I just called it an UX 'designer'. User Experience is a vast concept that enfolds a lot of different aspects, who says that someone who tries to make the User Experience of a website better is an 'UX designer'. I just ...


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Titles are arbitrary organizational constructs created by the company. What is "Lead", "Principal", "Senior" is different from company to company. Given your years of experience alone you may fall under a "Employee Lv. 2", a "Employee Lv. 3" or a "Senior Employee" -- it all depends on that particular companies organization structure. Are you actually ...


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I've been attempting to navigate this transition for about five years, and I've learned a lot along the way. First, experience is almost everything. As mentioned in another answer, the 10,000 hours thing (although it's a Gladwell gimmick) is fairly good as a first approximation. But it matters what kind of experience you have. All of my experience is in ...


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You need to know enough in the technology you are designing for to be able to estimate the effort for developing each of the alternative designs you might consider. As a UX designer, you are the person who negotiates with the users the way their interface will look like. The users will always push for what they imagine will fit their needs, plus eye candy. ...


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I've worked on design / ux teams where the people making the most UX decisions were design graduates. I personally built up industry experience and got into UX that way, without studying for a degree. That said, can you get a job as a UX person straight after an internship? You might, if you have a great portfolio, and someone takes you on with a probation ...


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If your goal is as you mention: "to study about how user interact with interface and also devices." Then I would recommend you to pursue studies on research methods, I would go for Social Sciences research methods made for psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist, etc. probably it would be out of your comfort zone since you would be subject of different ...


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The difference is whether you're applying for a UX role or a Graphic Design role. It's a spectrum with most people falling somewhere in between the extremes. On one extreme, for a pure visual designer, it may be screen shots only. On the other end, for a pure UX designer, it may be purely information schematics and research data. Most people do some ...


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Same basic answer, different words UX identifies Jobs to be done The users doing those jobs How the jobs will be done The metrics used to track success UI design (or web design) applies Visual style to guide the user down the UX path A branded layer over the functionality The portfolio speaks for itself You can use any title you like on the page. The ...


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UX as a term and discipline is somewhat new. Prior to it being called UX it was often call HCI (Human Computer Interaction). Today, now, aside from recent grads, most UX professionals do not have a User Experience Degree. The degrees and experience they do have can very wildly. Graphic Design (maybe lean towards UI Design) Industrial Design (also UI ...


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I studied Human-Computer-Interaction, which basically was what you describe as hybrid. Though, it was more in-depth and a very well mixed assortment of classes, like data structures in coding and SQL, but at the same time stuff like psychology, ergonomy, prototypes and user research. I'm not sure how much more into the UX field you can or will go, besides ...


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Pursue the activities that make you most happy (and successful). Then seek clients/employers that have needs best suited to your interests. Its a two-way street and you'll also want to look for support in areas you'd like to grow or improve. For instance, someone with deep research background might do well with larger companies with many specialized roles, ...


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Junnan, you are not at all late. The industry is just getting traction and there are plenty of opportunities. Most of the 'senior' people in UX were not formally trained in the field. They come from some sort of design related background (graphics, industrial, visual, etc.) Looking at some of the leaders in the field, Bill Buxton was a musician ;) You can ...


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Straight out of college you are more likely to get a visual design job than a ux job. Better to go with what you are planning: web designer with ux skills. The upside: Having a web/visual focus will give you an impressive portfolio, which will speak louder than any concepting or write up. Keep learning ux - it will pay off in the field, and in time will ...


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Firstly, this isn't quite a UX question, but since you're kind of asking about the User Experience for the recruiter/client who will see your portfolio, I'm going to try to respond to it in that context. When it comes to it, a portfolio is a portfolio is a portfolio... it's just a load of stuff you've done, from which the client can extrapolate what ...


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A UX portfolio shows wireframes (preferably annotated), functional flows, use cases, user personas and more. You should be able to answer questions of why and how you solved problems. Among the tools used in creating the items for this portfolio are paper and pencil; Visio, wireframing tools (example: Balsamiq, Axure) and graphics tools (example: Photoshop, ...


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Not that I'm an experts so take this with a grain of salt but: Look at questions here on UX stack exchange. Try to come up with a good UX for it, then read everyone else's answers to get feedback and learn more. Start your own projects, this will force you to learn by necessity. As you run in to new problems you will come up with new solutions. Test them ...


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That is because there's no such thing as "UX Development". It's a made up term used by companies either looking for a front-end developer and tack on "UX" to the title because the UX market is "hot", or a small firm/startup hoping to hire one person to take on both the UX Designer AND UI developer role. UX Design is tool/tech agnostic. It's just being aware ...


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Most UX people I know are designers. Mostly information designers or media designers. This probably comes from the fact, that graphic designers are in need of research methods similar to those needed for UX design. It helps to know about the design principles you learn for making appealing products. You get a whole new perspective on things you have done ...


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If you don't have any visualisation skills at all you can still be an analytical Information Architect. I would not recommend this path though. The really good UX designers can visualise scenarios, concepts, ask users, visualise again, create an information architecture, refine the UI draft, based on the IA, talk to visual designers, work with them and next ...


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UX goes beyond just human-computer interaction. Graphic design, in some sense, is User Experience design - your graphics, posters, advertisements, etc. all create an experience. You could design store layouts. You could analyze traffic patterns and design roadways. These all fall under the UX umbrella so long as your focus is on the way people interact with ...


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