I'm really interested in learning more about UX, but am held back by having almost no design or development skills (just really basic html/css). What's the best way to start off in the field?


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Becca Sibley Profile
Becca Sibley answered

Do you have any contacts in a UX job? I'd start by asking them!

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Yo Kass
Yo Kass commented
None that I know that well to be honest. Maybe it's time to start networking more! But then I guess that's the point of being on Burtit too ;)
Becca Sibley
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Chris Spalton answered

Exactly what UX 'is' seems to actually be really hard to define, with no right or wrong answers, I guess it's whats right for any particular user at any particular time. (Great specific answer right??)

However, I don't necessarily think that lack of design / development skills are a barrier to entry at all, you just need your mouth, your ears, your eyes, a pen and some paper. With these tools you can at least start researching UX, interviewing users, brainstorming with them, and sketching ideas out.  Draw out prototypes with bits of paper representing each screen asking people where they would click to move toward their goal, sort of like one of the old 'Choose your own Adventure books' :)

Of course, if you've got a wider skillset you can perhaps foresee stuff that's definitely impossible, or wouldn't work a certain way or whatever, but if anything the interaction with your users and working together to come up with ideas for a project is the most fun part. You'd then have the added luxury of passing the coding over to someone else to pull their hair out to!

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Becca Sibley
Becca Sibley commented
I think Chris is spot on here - you know what makes a good user experience! Make the most of it

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