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A guide for career in User Experience (UX) design without formal education?

Considering a career in User Experience (UX) design but lacking formal education? Don't worry, many successful UX professionals started the same way! Here's a roadmap to gain practical experience:

1. Build Your Design Foundation:

  • Read foundational UX books: Start with classics like "The Design of Everyday Things" by Don Norman, "Universal Principles of Design" by William Lidwell, and "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug. These books demystify core UX principles and establish a strong foundation.

2. Stay Informed with Industry Blogs:

  • Subscribe to top UX blogs: Stay current with industry trends and best practices by following leading blogs like UX Planet, A List Apart, UX Matters, UX Booth, and Nielsen Norman Group.

3. Online Learning Platforms:

  • Enroll in beginner-friendly UX courses: Platforms like Coursera offer valuable courses like Google's UX Design Professional Certificate. This online format provides flexibility and allows you to learn at your own pace.

Beyond These Steps:

  • Practice User Research: Volunteer to conduct basic user research for local businesses or non-profits. This hands-on experience will hone your observation and interview skills.

  • Portfolio Projects: Choose existing apps or websites and redesign them, focusing on usability improvements. Document your process and present it as part of your portfolio.

  • The Power of Community: Connect with other aspiring UX designers online or in local meetups. Sharing knowledge and experiences can be a great motivator.


Remember: Dedication, passion, and a willingness to learn are key to success!

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