“You can't just ask customers
What they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.” Steve Jobs “Users are not designers. Designers are not users.” Jakob Nielsen
UX jobs. InteractionDesigner:Wireframes, site structures,
scenarios, annotations ExperienceLead:User-centric design solutions; research; strategy UIDesigner:Create usable interface designs InformationArchitect:Focus on site flows, hierarchy Strategist:Strategic vision; align business and user goals ContentStrategist:Editorial and system content planning UserResearcher:Conduct customer research; actionable insights
Groups. IxDA-LAChapter:Local and global events.
UXPA-LAChapter:1,000+ members, events like World IA Day LAUXMeetup:2,000+ members, Regular events (workshops, lectures, mixers) SouthernCaliforniaWebDesignersandDevelopers:1000+ members MobileUXSchool:Meetup group with regular local UX events UXBreakfastClub:Breakfast meetup that focuses on all things UX CreativeMornings:Not a group, but a great event series to stay inspired. HugeLAMeetup:We bring in a range of speakers from the community.
Education. GeneralAssembly-Classes like Intro to
UX, 12 week courses on UX UCLAExtension- User Experience Certificate Program CalStateFullerton- User Experience Certificate Program TheSkool-Variety of web design and experience classes/events TheDSchool,InstituteforDesignatStanford:Virtual Crash Course, no degrees HugeSchool-Paid apprenticeship program in NYC
Blogs. Little Big Details -
Your daily dose of UI inspiration http://littlebigdetails.com/ IxDA Mailing List Discussion - Active discussion list with many experts weighing in http://ixda.org/discuss.php Boxes and Arrows - High quality articles and podcast interviews http://www.boxesandarrows.com/ Smashing Magazine – Deep-dive into more advanced UX topics http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ Experientia - This blog has good curated content from a wide variety of sources http://www.experientia.com/blog/ Uxmatters - Articles on all things UX http://uxmatters.com/ A List Apart - Articles on everything from the industry to design to coding http://www.alistapart.com/ Signal vs. Noise - Thoughts from the guys at 37 Signals http://37signals.com/svn/ Information Aesthetics - A blog focusing on interesting information design and visualization http://infosthetics.com/
Twitter. Craig Mod @Craigmod John
Siracusa @siracusa Whitney Hess @whitneyhess LukeWrobleski @LukeW Jared Spool @jmspool UXPA LA @UXPAofLA LA UX Meetup @LAUXmeetup IXDA @IXDA
Books about media, technology and
society. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man Marshall McLuhan The Age of Spiritual Machines Ray Kurzweil Everything Bad is Good For You Steven Johnson
Books about how we work
and think. Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely The Inmates Are Running The Asylum Alan Cooper Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape our Lives Dean Buonomano
Books about design. Dieter Rams:
As Little As Possible Sophie Lovell & Klaus Kemp Vignelli From A to Z Massimo Vignelli Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965 By Richard Hollis
Books about process and business.
Good to Great Jim Collins Crossing the Chasm Geoffrey Moore Rework Jason Fried, and David Heinemeier Hansson Users Not Customers Aaron Shapiro