Re: [IxDA] To become an UI designer

4 Jun 2010 - 6:33am
4 years ago
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Melinda Bonneville
2008

Hi John,

I have been a designer and illustrator for more than 20 years. I have spent the last 12+ working as a web designer and UI designer. So, having given you my qualifications, here is my advice. Please feel free to ignore it.

I would show your next employer just your strongest pieces of student work. Even if it is only a few pieces (Less is more). They will want an idea of your skill level and they can get that from a few pieces of good work. I would also focus on highlighting your software skills. We want entry level designers with good strong technical skills (Photoshop, CSS, InDesign, etc) If you know your way around the software, and are good but fast, you are way a head of the competition.

I would also recommend volunteering your time as a designer. Offer to do a small website for a "not for profit" organization. It looks good on a resume, it gives you real experience, and it helps give back to your community.

Thanks, Melinda

On Jun 3, 2010, at 1:48 PM, johnsonfung wrote:

Hi everyone. I have a question for the UI designer who are employed in the field already. I am studying UI and web design at a college right now. My program should be over by the end of this year. I want to know when I am applying a UI designer job, what kind of stuff should I show them since I don't have any experience before. Also, I am currently employed as a graphic designer, should I show them the stuff I do right now? Any help from the experience designer will be great.

Thank you

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4 Jun 2010 - 10:06am
johnsonfung
2010

Hi Medlinda,

Thank you for your info.  Seem like we have the same background cause I currently working in the fashion industry as a graphic designer.  I just want to drop you this link to my online portfolio so I can have some feedback from other professional.  Here is the link   

http://www.finalcrit.com/graphic/johnsonfung

Feel free to give me comment.

Thank you

Johnson

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