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Hunting Unicorns - What makes an effective UX Professional
@usabilitycounts Some Articles I Found…
! Nine Essential Characteristics of Good UX Designers http://userexperience.evantageconsulting.com/2009/07/ characteristics-good-ux-designers/ ! And about nine other articles linking to Fred Beecher’s article… ! Essential and Desirable Skills for a UX Designer http://uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2010/12/essential-and- desirable-skills-for-a-ux-designer.php ! Which a laundry list of skills that is unachievable… ! And a bunch of short articles. Fred Beecher
@usabilitycounts For example… Dave Hogue
Ph.D. Psychology Background Good looking Great public speaker Drinks gin (Boo) Patrick Neeman Three Time Dropout Print Design Background Has a great goatee Presentation has funny photos Sophisticated Whiskey Drinker
@usabilitycounts “When I grow up,
I want to be a UX Designer.” Lion Tamer, Print Designer, Web Designer, Creative Director, Program Manager, Product Manager, and Director of Development
@usabilitycounts T-Shaped Skill Set They
have a principal skill that describes the vertical leg of the T — they’re mechanical engineers or industrial designers. But they are so empathetic that they can branch out into other skills, such as anthropology, and do them as well.” Tim Brown, IDEO CEO “
@usabilitycounts The Competencies of User
Experience User Research and Analytics Understanding the users through observations and data Content Strategy Planning for the creation, delivery and governance of usable content Information Architecture Organizing information in a product or website in a usable way Interaction Design Designing interactive behaviors with a speciﬁc focus on their use Visual Design Designing the visual qualities in an aesthetically pleasing way Front End Development Building the interactive behaviors to be used by the end user http://www.nickﬁnck.com/blog/entry/ux_career_progression_ﬁnding_a_niche_building_a_personal_brand/
@usabilitycounts Further Reading ! The
Unicorn Designer Dilemma, and How to Avoid It http://www.usabilitycounts.com/2013/07/24/the-unicorn-designer-dilemma-and-how- to-avoid-it/ ! Eight Organizational Challenges for UX Professionals http://www.usabilitycounts.com/2012/05/02/eight-organizational-challenges-for-ux- professionals/ ! Six Things Misunderstood About User Experience Designers http://www.usabilitycounts.com/2011/03/14/six-things-misunderstood-about-user- experience-designers/ ! How to Get Started in User Experience for People I Want to Hire http://www.usabilitycounts.com/2011/10/18/how-to-get-started-in-user-experience- seven-tips/