The UX Course is Over — Now What?

Computer monitor with the word's "Do More" on the desktop.

You’ve given your final presentation, said your goodbyes on Slack, and updated your LinkedIn with your new certificate. You want to keep up the momentum, so now your browser history is dotted with articles like:

“How I became a UX designer in less than one year”

“How to build a UX portfolio if I have never worked in UX?”

“Do I need a master’s in user experience?”

If you’re like me, you’ve been swimming through articles and Behance profiles and designer’s  websites, thinking, “THERE’S SO MUCH TO LEARN!” and “Can I really get from here to there?” 

The how-to articles are helpful, and often inspirational, and most of them boil down to one thing: put in the work. 

But we don’t always get to see “the work” others did as they gained new skills. Instead we see the designs they’re creating a few steps further into their careers and the jobs they’ve gotten after putting in the time. 

One of my favorite aspects of taking a course was seeing how others progressed, how design skills evolved, and how people gained confidence in seeing themselves as designers.

UX design is iterative. Learning is iterative. I want to see and share more of “the work,” so Processing UX is my way of acting on that idea.

Here you’ll find my works in progress, learnings from design events, and hopefully some insights from more experienced designers as I try to journey from novice designer to simply designer. I promise persistence over polish; I hope we can embrace iteration together.

Photo by Carl Heyerdahl on Unsplash

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