Vitamin C - Curious and Critcial. Get used to ask these questions A LOT! They will determine the success of your user experience design strategy.
After reading these you'll be suprised you wanted to start without them:
- S. Krug "Don't make me think"
- M. Kuniavsky "Observing the User Experience"
- I. Young "Mental Models. Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior"
- S. Weinschenk "100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People"
- M. Treder "UX Design for Startups"
.... is how it relates to people - Victor Papanek once said. Would you agree? Put it on your desk, your philosophy should be where your design is.
Keep a photo of the ones you love - it helps keeping you a human oriented designer;)
Build a portfolio. Create! Even if your first assigments are not paid and even if you have to work on an imagined assigment (seriously!). Be creative with your portfolio. Not only your designs matter - publications, blogs count too, you know.
Practice your Zen. Meditate on things that are essential design factors.
Then let the world hear about it. Post your reflections to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post the most inspirational:)
This tool causes panic and those recommended in "UX Design for Startups" cause UX awesomeness.
As you can see, there are some badges missing - you need to earn them! These ones are worth the fight: prototyping, personae design, collaborate design. You can master them with the UXPin App.
Contribute to conversations: forums, Quora, articles. Exchange the knowledge. Get contacts. Get feedback. Reach people!
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