User experience design is one of the most popular jobs right now. New UX designers are entering the field every day and seasoned designers from all backgrounds are shifting their focus to the field. Companies are making room on their team for new UX design positions. And with all of this comes questions:
How do I stand out as a UX designer?
How do I know if my company needs a UX designer?
How do I hire a UX designer for my team?
And for some of us: What exactly is UX design?
As a team who has been designing digital products and user experiences since before was a name for it, we thought we could shed some light on the subject for recruiters, hiring managers and designers.
Given the nature of digital, UX design is an ever-evolving term that might mean something different to different people. So we did our research, considered our own experience, talked to other designers and tried to define UX design in the best way we know how. In this guide, we share the typical responsibilities of a UX designer, what skills UX designers should have, what questions you should ask (and be prepared to answer) in a UX design interview, and how to make a great online UX portfolio that gets you hired (with some of our favorite UX design portfolio examples).
We hope the guide is useful to you, whether you’re looking to hire a UX designer for your company, trying to get a job as a UX designer, working on your personal UX site – or your feed is flooded with #uxdesign tweets and you want to issue a formal complaint.