UIEtips: Hiring a UX Pro – 4 Techniques from Smart Teams

In this week’s UIEtips, we reprint an article. In it, I share ideas on how to hire the best UX professional. I also make the case that hiring the right person is the most important factor to a UX team’s success. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Hiring is not a natural process. It needs to be designed, just like any experience. In our research, we learned that most teams amble into the hiring process by copying actions from others or by inventing wacky steps. Read the article: Hiring a UX Pro – 4 Techniques from Smart Teams. How do you get the most out of your UX hiring process? Leave us a note...

Before You Hire a Designer

Mike Monteiro’s contributions to UX design are wide and varied. His first book, Design is a Job inspired us in 2011, and his talk “How Designers Destroyed the World” called us to action. Now, we’re very excited to present an excerpt from his new book, You’re My Favorite Client. A few years ago, I made plans with a friend for breakfast. She was late. When she finally got there, she apologized, saying she’d been cleaning up for the housecleaner. “Why in the world would you clean up for a housecleaner?!?” I asked. “So she can actually clean, you idiot.” This made no sense to me, but I let it go. Otherwise, we would’ve argued about it for hours. About a year later, I got busy enough with work that my house looked like it could star in an episode of Hoarders, so I hired a cleaner. After a few visits, I found myself cleaning up piles and random junk so that she could get to the stuff I actually wanted her to get to. I called my friend and said, “I get why you had to clean up for the cleaner now.” “I told you you were an idiot.” (My friends are great.) The moral of this story is you can’t drop a designer into your environment and expect them to succeed. You’ve got to clearly lay out your expectations, but you also have to set the stage so your designers come in and get to the stuff you need them to do. INTRODUCING A NEW DISCIPLINE TO YOUR WORKPLACE Let’s assume you don’t have a designer on staff....

Wanted: Amazing Web Developer Intern

We’re looking for an amazing Web Developer Intern for a paid, 4-month internship. It starts in May 2014 in our offices just north of Boston. Fast forward four months… We’d like to thank you for doing a fantastic job as our 2014 Summer Web Developer Intern. You’ve excelled at maintaining, editing, and documenting our stable of web properties. You created all of our outbound HTML emails in your time at UIE, and managed those campaigns through our email service provider. Your site development skills are top-notch, as you worked closely with our web team to improve a new online subscription program. You worked your magical HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript/jQuery skills to get our next version closer to what our users want. You updated it with new content in our ExpressionEngine-based Content Management System and, because of you, this new program has been a huge a success. To top it off, you’ve even helped us mine some useful data from multiple databases for our Director of Marketing. Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm during your internship. We know you’ll succeed at your future ventures. Now back to today… If you’d like this to be your story, send us: 1) Your resume 2) A half-page write up of your most significant web development accomplishment While we’re less concerned with your skills and qualifications, we won’t compromise on your ability to deliver team results. We’ll be back to you in 48 hours if you can follow these simple directions and have what it takes to achieve something special. You might even want to check out our sites— http://uie.com, http://uxim14.uie.com/, http://aycl.uie.com/ —for some...

Internship opportunity for an amazing web developer

We’re looking for an amazing Web Developer Intern for a paid, 4-month internship. It starts in January 2014 in our offices just north of Boston. Fast Forward Four Months… We’d like to thank you for doing a fantastic job as our 2014 Winter Web Developer Intern. You’ve excelled at maintaining, editing, and documenting our stable of web properties. You created all of our outbound HTML emails in your time at UIE, and managed those campaigns through our email service provider.   Your site development skills are top-notch, as you worked closely with our web team to improve a new online subscription program. You worked your magical HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript/JQuery skills to get our next version closer to what our users want. You updated it with new content in our ExpressionEngine-based Content Management System and, because of you, this new program has been a huge a success. To top it off, you’ve even helped us document our Git-based design and development process to make life easier for future interns and mined useful data from multiple databases for our Director of Marketing. Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm during your internship. We know you’ll succeed at your future ventures. Now back to today… If you’d like this to be your story, send us: 1) Your resume 2) A half-page write up of your most significant web development accomplishment While we’re less concerned with your skills and qualifications, we won’t compromise on your ability to deliver team results. We’ll be back to you in 24 hours if you can follow these simple directions and have what it takes to achieve something...

Resources from Hiring The Best UX Designers Virtual Seminar

Here’s some resources from today’s UIE Virtual Seminar, Hiring the Best UX Designers: First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman Hire With Your Head by Lou Adler The Essential Guide for Hiring and Getting Hired by Lou Adler Lynn Teo’s great presentation: Portfolios Matter Assessing Your Team’s Skills The KJ-Technique: A Group Process for Establishing...