UX Career Progression: Finding a Niche & Building a Personal Brand

UX Career Progression: Finding a Niche & Building a Personal Brand

There are many things you learn as a UX designer that come from classrooms, articles, or books. This series covers UX career progression from the perspective of what is not yet covered in a book. In this first presentation of the series I am going to talk about finding a niche in what you do within the field of UX and how to build a personal brand that can enable you to get the kinds of jobs and engagements you want as you grow you career.

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Nick Finck

May 03, 2014
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    Photo credit: Jeff Croft ! Twitter @nickf ! Personal Site

    NickFinck.com ! Role Senior Manager of User Experience ! Employer Amazon Web Services
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    ”The User Experience Honeycomb" by Peter Morville Findable Desirable Useful

    Usable Valuable Accessible Credible User Experience (UX) is about how a person feels about using a system or device. What is the user experience? •It is not: • Designed • Objective • Procedural • Static It is: • Designed for • Subjective • Philosophical • Dynamic
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    Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. The Six Core Disciplines of User Experience
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    Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. Just Like Cookies, UX Comes In Many Flavors
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    Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. You Can Wear All The Hats & Be A Generalist
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    Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. We Call These Generalists “UX Designers”
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    Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. Or You Can Wear Some Hats
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    Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. Rather Than Call You A IA/IXD/Content Strategist...
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    Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in

    a purposeful & meaningful way. Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research UX Designer UX Designer UX Designer Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. We Just Use The UX Designer Title
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    Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. Or We Can Specialize
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    Usability & Analytics Designing the interactive behaviors of a product

    or system with a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. At A Granular Level
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    Taxonomy Findability Search Information Analysis Information Architecture Library Science Information

    Design Wayfinding Information Strategy Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Information Architecture At A Granular Level
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    “IDEO [...] is famous for its method of innovation based

    on intense cross-disciplinary project work. To pull this off, the company has long practiced the art of collaboration and the development of a certain kind of talent: T-shaped people.” ! Morten T. Hansen’s interview of IDEO CEO Tim Brown, 2010
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    “However, the speed with which media agencies (and clients) have

    embraced communications planning has caused concern. For it to really work, communications planners need to be "T-shaped" people. ... "T-shaped" communications planners, with a background in media, have a deep understanding of media, and a broad understanding of the other disciplines within the marketing spectrum.” ! The hunt is on for the Renaissance Man of computing By David Guest in 1991
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    Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. The Six Core Disciplines of User Experience
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    Graph The Skill Level By Discipline User Research Visual Design

    Usability & Analytics Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design
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    Graph Your Skill Level By Discipline User Research Visual Design

    Usability & Analytics Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design
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    Graph Your Skill Level By Discipline User Research Visual Design

    Usability & Analytics Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design
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    Graph Your Skill Level By Discipline User Research Visual Design

    Usability & Analytics Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design
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    Graph Your Skill Level By Discipline Interaction Design User Research

    Visual Design Usability & Analytics Content Strategy Information Architecture
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    Starting a Career in User Experience Design ! by Nick

    Finck http://bit.ly/oEBkMn ! Starting a Career in User Experience ! by Marcus Haid http://bit.ly/1q1eChX ! How to Start a Career in UX Design ! by Chloe Lloyd http://bit.ly/1q1edMI ! Beyond UX Design: Finding your Path ! by Troy Parke http://bit.ly/1iVK902
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    Mike Monteiro Russ Unger & Carolyn Chandler Nick Disabato Cadence

    & Slang Design is a job A Project Guide to UX Design