Meet the mentees – April 2017
4. What are your plans for learning next month?
While it’s important to spend time reading books and the like, I need to start learning how to use the tools of the trade. In May I am going to work on learning Sketch while always having a book that I’m reading about UX and design as well. I won’t be able to finish The Design of Everyday Things by the end of the month so that will be my next month book as well!
For May, I wanted to take the Google Analytics Partner certification. I would also like to find about more about UX in regards to ecommerce and SaaS applications.
Going deeper into the user testing techniques, as I just started a new job last week and it seems like I would need to do a lot of user testing to validate & find Interesting things to work on.
5. Do you have any recommendations for books/websites/events that have helped you this month?
Lynda is truly an excellent resource for learning UX. There are a variety of classes, both overviews as well as getting into how to do specific things and use specific tools. It is a subscription model, but through my local library I was able to get access for free.
There is also a website called CollectUI that has a daily newsletter with examples of design work that I find helpful for what people are working on and how they’re solving problems.
The book that is on every UX book list ever, Don’t Make Me Think but Steve Kruger is one that I just finished and would recommend to anyone who is just getting started.
Medium is a great place for articles about UX and design. Often big tech companies will have a Medium/Twitter dedicated especially to their design team such as Google Design, Salesforce UX, and AirBNB Design. There are also a lot of individual UX designers that are writing about the field.
Yes, for sure.
- Sarah Doody’s Learn User Research course
- Just Enough Research by Erika Hall
- Google Analytics Academy
- The Content Strategy Toolkit: Methods, Guidelines, and Templates for Getting Content Right (Voices That Matter)
- Optimalsort’s Learn Hub
- A Practical Guide to Information Architecture by Donna Spencer
- Handing over UI designs to developers
This month I read the book “Just enough Research” (Erika Hall), and I also attended to the Ladies that UX meetup last Monday, and there was a great Talk about the UX on the Onboarding process and the key takeaways of the UX Research of Krystal Higgins.
Articles/Posts that I found Interesting during April:
- No budget? No excuse. UX on the cheap
- Stop talking, start listening
- Questions to ask as a new designer on the team
- Try the free UXr Mentorship Program to get help and support from Senior UX Designers and recruiters
- Read our popular Beginner’s guide to UX series to learn the basics