Some advice for a junior designer?

18 Nov 2010 - 2:37pm
3 years ago
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woobijewels
2010

Hello.

I need some help from you guys. Where do i find jobs or how can i market myself to find a job as a user experience/visual designer? I just got a job last year working in a fortune 500 company but just two months into the job, the department shut down and I'm having the hardest time finding work again. What do I do to show companies that i can perform at a higher level than what my years of experience shows?

Thanks!

-Jewel

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18 Nov 2010 - 4:27pm
krystaylor
2010

Hi Jewel,

I'm sorry you were laid off!  The market is pretty hard right now.

Some companies won't consider you, no matter what.  They have a rigid mindset and just won't talk to anyone outside their specifications.  That's perfectly fine - they're not the place for you anyway.

However, other companies will be open to talking to you.  Show them you are very serious by doing extra work up front - send them a critique of their current UI or a solution to a design problem on their site along with your cover letter.  Also, make sure you've got a portfolio of strongly relevant work.  If you need to, take a month or so to look at a bunch of major websites and "redesign" them - then put those in your portfolio as design exercises.  (Do NOT misrepresent yourself as having a relationship with those sites though!  It's important to always be honest)

Also, consider smaller companies where other skillsets you have might give you a leg up.  Startups and small companies need people who can wear more than one hat - and as they grow they'll let you specialize.  So you can start as a Visual Designer/Copywriter, or User Experience Designer/Product Manager and rack up experience points, then focus down on just your chosen field once the company is a little bigger.

Good luck to you!

3 Dec 2010 - 5:19am
Ali Naqvi
2008

Hey,

check out this post:

http://www.ixda.org/node/23949

Regards

Ali - FINALLY got a job in the field of UCD!

5 Dec 2010 - 11:05am
Richard Carson
2010

Is it possible to copy protect, patent an Interaction Design? Need a little bit of insight, thoughts or discussion on the topic.

5 Dec 2010 - 1:05pm
Dan Saffer
2003

On Dec 5, 2010, at 8:11 AM, Richard Carson wrote:

> Is it possible to copy protect, patent an Interaction Design? Need a little bit of insight, thoughts or discussion on the topic.

The short answer: yes, but it's expensive, and difficult to enforce.

Plenty of threads about patents in the past, including our discussion about NOT having discussions about specific patents on the list:

http://www.ixda.org/search/apachesolr_search/patents

Dan

3 Dec 2010 - 2:25pm
EmilySun
2010

If you're looking to build your portfolio on your off time, you could do contracting work off of websites like http://99designs.com/ to show off your skills.

-Emily

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