How to become a design mentor.
How to become a design mentor.
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When I was in my early teens, I didn’t have a lot of friends outside of school hours. I lived a good 30 minutes away from most of my friends, who all lived 5 minutes away from each other. I’d hear about them catching up on the weekends, going to each other’s houses, riding bikes and playing PlayStation.

I felt like I was missing out.

I started becoming a home-body. I spent more time watching TV and playing computer games by myself, at home.

One of our family friends was a guy in his thirties who could see that I was becoming detached. So, he started taking me to various activities in his own time. He took me to football matches, cafés, and shopping — he opened up my eyes to a world outside my own. …

How to build the foundations of a UX team
How to build the foundations of a UX team
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Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of working as a UX Lead.

I’ve led small teams and large teams.

When you think of a successful team in a sporting setting, they’re often referred to as “doing the basics really well” or “doing the little things right”.

The same applies to the workplace. If your team can’t do the basics well, you’ll struggle to achieve any consistent success.

Setting up the foundations of a team is difficult.

It’s easy to get side-tracked. There are plenty of “urgent” tasks that seem important — like meeting deadlines, churning out work, pleasing stakeholders and achieving KPIs. …

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Call it UX, CX, XD, HCD (or whatever new acronym that has been invented since writing this article) — if you know how to design meaningful and useful things for people, your skills are in high demand right now.

Does that mean it’s easy to land a job in UX? 😄

No, not so much. 😢

Why? 🤔

Because proving your UX and problem-solving credentials mostly centres around your body of work — your portfolio. Many industries require the completion of a degree, e.g. doctors, engineers, accountants.

For us UX designers, we need a portfolio. …

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Disclaimer: This article is a set of principles and best practices to increase your chances of getting a job straight out of design school. Nothing is ever guaranteed in the design world — so read on and apply as many of these principles as you can. Above all, don’t give up; persevere and you will get there.

So you made it — you graduated from your design degree, and you’re ready to waltz straight into a graduate designer role.

Employers are going to be banging down your door, begging you to join their team.

Your raw talent and understanding of the industry are unprecedented. …


Matt Tsourdalakis

UXer + Leader + Consultant. Passionate about building great design teams.

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