If you think you might want a career in UX, you should become familiar with all of these sources:
Jakob Neilsen: Nielsen Norman Group
Look through Neilsen’s site, NNgroup.com . Read the reports and articles.
Jared Spool: User Interface Engineering
Look through Jared’s site, UIE.com . Read All You Can Learn, Articles, and anything else.
Free UX eBooks by UXPin
Did you see the “free” part?
Invision Fireside Chats
In-depth video conversations about design systems.
UX-focused training via Lynda.com. Train yourself in specific UX areas using Lynda’s online training modules.
BLOGS & SITES:
- Inside Design by Invision
- Studio by UXPin
- UX Collective
- UX Planet
- Adele Design System Repository by UXPin
- Mulzi Chrome Extension
- UXPKC job board — Look through job descriptions of UX job openings.
- Find UX jobs near you
- AIGA jobs board
- IXDA jobs board
- Krop — Results for UX and UI
- UX Magazine’s job board
- Remotive.io — find a remote job
- Catchafire — find a remote job or gig
- Crema — KC UX-focused agency
- Nerdery — UX-focused agency in KC and a few other cities
- See Elicia Reuscher’s UX portfolio site: She’s a Bearcat. If you view this in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, know that she is still a student.
- Taylor Johnson’s UX portfolio does an excellent job showing the process behind UX.
- See Sheila Mullings portfolio: She’s an Experience Designer at VML. (Be sure to check out her Elevator Pitch!) Most of her site still looks the way it did when she was still a student.
- See Tim Gillissen’s portfolio: He’s a UX designer/developer at VML.
- See Adrian Cunanan’s website.
- This isn’t a portfolio, but it’s just as important: See Kia Jones’ UX brainstorm blog. It’s important to look at all things UX, and to show that’s the way you think. UX’ers often have to compile examples of their UX observations to prove that they truly are UX at heart. Kia started this blog in the beginning of her junior year at Northwest.
- Alex Benson’s sandbox page
Your portfolio should have a collection of projects that include these steps, up to “Code”.
If you’re really serious, GET A MENTOR!
Use LinkedIn to find Bearcats who work in UX. Connect with them.
Ask for help — they will help you.