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THE UX JOURNEY OF A UNICORN
L A D I E S T H AT U X TA I P E I 1 0 . 2 6 . 1 6
🦄
Jenny Shen
UX Consultant &
UI Designer
J E N N Y W H O ?
Founder of
Ladies that UX Amsterdam
Digital Nomad
@jennyshen
✈#✏
🐦
A D O B E X D W O R K S H O P
0 9 . 1 5 . 1 6 L A D I E S T H AT U X A M S T E R D A M
& My UX journey
' Debunking Myths
💯 Get started in UX
TA L K O U T L I N E
@jennyshen
My UX Journey
&
@jennyshen
My UX Journey
✈) *
&
🎮 📝 📚 🏢
Moved to Canada in 2000
@jennyshen
Moving to Canada
What my friends think I do. What my parents think I do. What society think I do.
What locals think I do. ...
My UX Journey
✈) *
&
🎮 📝 📚 🏢
Played online games
@jennyshen
My UX Journey
✈) *
&
🎮 📝 📚 🏢
Started web design
@jennyshen
@jennyshen
My UX Journey
✈) *
&
🎮 📝 📚 🏢
Design school
@jennyshen
@jennyshen
The program is designed for computer
use in combination with a second
external monitor. The first window
displays a home w...
@jennyshen
My UX Journey
✈) *
&
🎮 📝 📚 🏢
Into workplace
@jennyshen
Debunking Myths
'
@jennyshen
I need formal education to be a UXer
# 1
@jennyshen
I need formal education to be a UXer
# 1
Experience is key. You can learn UX
outside of school.
@jennyshen
@jennyshen
=
10-day diet pills
@jennyshen
I have to get straight A’s to be a
good designer
# 2
@jennyshen
I have to get straight A’s to be a
good designer
# 2
Grades don’t indicate how well you can
perform at work.
Learn how to ...
I have to be naturally talented to
be a UXer
# 3
@jennyshen
I have to be naturally talented to
be a UXer
# 3
You can improve problem solving skills
and attention to detail.
At the mi...
Get started in UX
💯
@jennyshen
Learn
# 1
📚
@jennyshen
R E A D
@jennyshen
R E A D
@jennyshen
L I S T E N
@jennyshen
• Usually more practical
• You can choose what to learn
• Flexible—read in the car, listen on the go
• Costs less than 4-y...
Be a self-starter
# 2
🚀
@jennyshen
• Do what you actually like to do
• Learn new things
• Show others that you are motivated
• Show your skills without a cli...
Join communities
# 3
👯
@jennyshen
D E S I G N & U X C O M M U N I T I E S
@jennyshen
• Learn
• Connect with your peers
• Job opportunities
B E N E F I T S O F E N G A G I N G I N C O M M U N I T I E S
@jenny...
Internships
# 3
🛠
@jennyshen
W H E R E I I N T E R N E D
@jennyshen
• Get hands-on experience
• Learn what you like & don’t like
• Build portfolio & resume
B E N E F I T S O F I N T E R N S ...
Thank you!
2
@jennyshen
@jennyshen🐦
jenny@jennyshen.ca📧
jennyshen.ca🌏
fb.com/ladiesthatux.ams
S AY H I AT
bit.ly/ladiesuxams
Ladies that UX Amster...
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I share how I got started in UX, along with debunking myths to become a UXer, and tips and resources to get started in one's UX career. This talk was presented at Ladies that UX Taipei on October 26, 2016.

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The UX Journey of a Unicorn

  1. 1. THE UX JOURNEY OF A UNICORN L A D I E S T H AT U X TA I P E I 1 0 . 2 6 . 1 6 🦄 Jenny Shen
  2. 2. UX Consultant & UI Designer J E N N Y W H O ? Founder of Ladies that UX Amsterdam Digital Nomad @jennyshen ✈#✏ 🐦
  3. 3. A D O B E X D W O R K S H O P 0 9 . 1 5 . 1 6 L A D I E S T H AT U X A M S T E R D A M
  4. 4. & My UX journey ' Debunking Myths 💯 Get started in UX TA L K O U T L I N E @jennyshen
  5. 5. My UX Journey & @jennyshen
  6. 6. My UX Journey ✈) * & 🎮 📝 📚 🏢 Moved to Canada in 2000 @jennyshen
  7. 7. Moving to Canada What my friends think I do. What my parents think I do. What society think I do. What locals think I do. What I think I do. What I actually do. @jennyshen
  8. 8. My UX Journey ✈) * & 🎮 📝 📚 🏢 Played online games @jennyshen
  9. 9. My UX Journey ✈) * & 🎮 📝 📚 🏢 Started web design @jennyshen
  10. 10. @jennyshen
  11. 11. My UX Journey ✈) * & 🎮 📝 📚 🏢 Design school @jennyshen
  12. 12. @jennyshen
  13. 13. The program is designed for computer use in combination with a second external monitor. The first window displays a home with standard appliances, which can be turned on and off. These actions affect the second window, a pet environment that reflects the energy usage. CAUSE + EFFECT PET-House is an educational tool aimed at teaching children environmental awareness. Using cause and effect, it visualizes how appliances used within a home can impact the environment. This virtual platform allows for curiosity, exploration and reflection. ABOUT HOME APPLIANCES INPUT WINDOW PET ENVIRONMENT VISUALIZATION WINDOW Each appliance uses a specific amount of water, gas & electricty for each moment it is on. Energy types are indicated by icons above each appliance before it is turned on. The environment then reacts depending on which resources are being depleted. HOW DOES IT WORK? Appliances that use electricity and gas both affect the sun and sky, which turns dark and gloomy when negatively impacted. Excessive water use will drain the lake, causing fish to die. Flowers, grass and trees are affected by either change. The unhealthy changes upset the pet, and only when energy use is regulated can the environment recover. @jennyshen
  14. 14. @jennyshen
  15. 15. My UX Journey ✈) * & 🎮 📝 📚 🏢 Into workplace @jennyshen
  16. 16. Debunking Myths ' @jennyshen
  17. 17. I need formal education to be a UXer # 1 @jennyshen
  18. 18. I need formal education to be a UXer # 1 Experience is key. You can learn UX outside of school. @jennyshen
  19. 19. @jennyshen
  20. 20. = 10-day diet pills @jennyshen
  21. 21. I have to get straight A’s to be a good designer # 2 @jennyshen
  22. 22. I have to get straight A’s to be a good designer # 2 Grades don’t indicate how well you can perform at work. Learn how to critique, receive critique, solve problems and manage time. @jennyshen
  23. 23. I have to be naturally talented to be a UXer # 3 @jennyshen
  24. 24. I have to be naturally talented to be a UXer # 3 You can improve problem solving skills and attention to detail. At the minimum, you need to appreciate and value good design. @jennyshen
  25. 25. Get started in UX 💯 @jennyshen
  26. 26. Learn # 1 📚 @jennyshen
  27. 27. R E A D @jennyshen
  28. 28. R E A D @jennyshen
  29. 29. L I S T E N @jennyshen
  30. 30. • Usually more practical • You can choose what to learn • Flexible—read in the car, listen on the go • Costs less than 4-year university program • Lots of free resources: articles, podcasts etc. B E N E F I T S O F S E L F - E D U C AT I O N @jennyshen
  31. 31. Be a self-starter # 2 🚀 @jennyshen
  32. 32. • Do what you actually like to do • Learn new things • Show others that you are motivated • Show your skills without a client/employer • Build your portfolio B E N E F I T S O F S I D E P R O J E C T S @jennyshen
  33. 33. Join communities # 3 👯 @jennyshen
  34. 34. D E S I G N & U X C O M M U N I T I E S @jennyshen
  35. 35. • Learn • Connect with your peers • Job opportunities B E N E F I T S O F E N G A G I N G I N C O M M U N I T I E S @jennyshen
  36. 36. Internships # 3 🛠 @jennyshen
  37. 37. W H E R E I I N T E R N E D @jennyshen
  38. 38. • Get hands-on experience • Learn what you like & don’t like • Build portfolio & resume B E N E F I T S O F I N T E R N S H I P S @jennyshen
  39. 39. Thank you! 2 @jennyshen
  40. 40. @jennyshen🐦 jenny@jennyshen.ca📧 jennyshen.ca🌏 fb.com/ladiesthatux.ams S AY H I AT bit.ly/ladiesuxams Ladies that UX Amsterdam

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