The UX Learner's Guidebook
A Ramp & Reference for Aspiring UX Designers
I co-wrote this book with my wife and fellow designer, Yujia Zhao. As design evangelists and practitioners with ties to Indiana University's HCI/d Master's program, we frequently receive questions about how to get started in the field of UX Design. We are always excited to share what we know with aspiring designers, but the limited words of an email or instant message exchange are not nearly enough to communicate how to get educated, get a job, and continue growing as a designer.
Most of the information about getting into the field is fragmented, disorganized, and lacking in specific examples or details. Most resources and learning courses teach only basic research & production skills, and don't prepare aspiring designers for the soft skills that it takes to excel and continue learning. This book goes beyond common UX advice, and goes into detail about the realities of doing design work within companies that at times will have conflicting, competing, or unclear goals.
The book was published through Deuxtopia, Inc. in 2015, and was also translated to Japanese and published through MdN Corporation in Japan.
In addition to co-authoring the book, I also edited it and designed the cover. I did all the production work for print & Kindle publishing, as well as designed and developed the website. You can view the website here.
"I'm a second year HCI graduate student and wish I had read this earlier."
"This book is a must for practical how-to information about UX."
"Having been working in the field for several years, if I were to write a book on this topic, this would be it."
"Great way for burgeoning designers to learn how to position themselves."
"A wonderful and insightful overview of the whole design process and the UX designer's role within it."