Vladimir Obuchov

CareerFoundry: UX Design course. Things I wish I knew when I started.

Some hindsight on topics I discussed with fellow students.

Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with CareerFoundry in any way.

I attended and finished the course of a Certified UX Designer in the second half of 2020, having a blast doing course-related projects with all stages of involvement.

Bird perspective of people doing User Experience related work
Bird perspective of people doing User Experience related work
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  1. Which software do you need to learn?
  2. Is Sketch worth it to buy?
  3. Should you get a Mac as a UX Designer?
  4. Which platform to use for a portfolio?
  5. Do I need to create my illustrations myself?

Do you need a Macintosh to finish the course?

No, you can perfectly finish it with a halfway recent Windows laptop or even Linux, as long as it runs Chrome or Firefox. All you need to do is using Google Docs, Skype the web version of Figma.

Which software do you need to learn?

You need to use slides presentation software such as PowerPoint, Google Slides or Keynote (Mac). You don’t need Photoshop or Illustrator or InDesign. You are not selling user interfaces and graphics design, that's why there is a specialization part and a dedicated course for User Interface Design.

An example of minimalistic layout of my submissions

Is Sketch worth it to buy?

This is a tough one, I had basic experience with Sketch, Adobe XD, Balsamiq and Axure. Although my bets were on Adobe XD, because of the cross-platform support, I went with Figma.

Should you get a Mac as a UX Designer?

iMac, the Lamp
Photo by Thomas Millot on Unsplash

Which platform to use for a portfolio?

It doesn’t matter, if your quality of work is good, you can apply with a PDF or case studies on Behance or Dribbble.

Do I need to create my illustrations myself?

Screenshot of Freepik with empty searchbar

Tech, design and overthinking is a perfect blend of my everyday life … wait where was I going with this?