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Five Tricks for Breaking into UX Design

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The field of User Experience Design is growing rapidly. According to Qconnects, a California-based talent agency, requests for UX designers rose by 70% from 2011 to 2012, with starting salaries averaging $60,000 (Usability Professionals Association, 2011 Salary Survey). There’s high demand, a shortage of supply, and in that gap, a fantastic opportunity for individuals to learn these critical skills and transition into the field. Here are five easy ways to get started:

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Alumni Feature: Melanie Araujo

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After five years experience in practical and theoretical neuroscience, Melanie Araujo decided it was time to start exploring other opportunities. She grappled with the decision to attend grad school in London, but wasn’t completely sold – there was another fit out there.

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#HackTheHolidays, Day 2: Yule Log

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Now that you’re equipped with proper audio, let’s look at the visual. Whether you’re looking for a seasonal image for your holiday party, or just something to stare at while you ponder the meaning of egg nog, a yule log can help make any scene more festive. But playing with fire can be dangerous, as it poses the risk of smoke inhalation, can be tricky to extinguish, and attracts bears. For those looking for a safer alternative, we’ve created our very own yule log scene, perfect for playing on any screen that’s not currently showing a college football game. Enjoy the glow without getting burned.

Sharing is caring. Use the hashtag  #HackTheHolidays to send some useful tips of your own.

3 Things to Remember when Designing Mobile Apps

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At the risk of stating of the obvious, a mobile phone is not a laptop computer.

So when you are designing a mobile app, keep in mind that your users may not be sitting at a desk, but rather, they might be wedged between two people on a train, balancing themselves with one hand and using their phones with the other.

Coming up with an idea for you mobile app is just the first step; creating a user experience that brings your idea to life in the hands of your users is a much more difficult challenge.

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Required Reading: Paul Canetti

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Name: Paul Canetti
Class Taught: Apps Unlocked, Crafting Tablet Magazines, Deconstructing iOS Interface Design, Online Advertising Ecosystem, Mobile/Tablet Advertising Ecosystem

Paul Canetti is the founder and CEO of MAZ, a publishing platform for tablet and mobile devices. Paul previously worked as a designer and instructor at Apple and Condé Nast, and as the Creative Director of an app development firm. These experiences have shaped his understanding of the important intersection of content, design and technology.

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