Every year, millions of cats and dogs enter pet shelters in the United States, many of which don’t make it out alive. It’s a sad reality, but it’s also a motivating factor for UX designers like Stephanie Lee who see UX as a powerful tool for helping animals get out of shelters and into their forever homes.
We asked four former architects turned user experience designers why they decided to make the switch into UX design, what challenges they experienced along the way, and what advice they have for other architects considering a career change into UX. From veteran UX designers to new recruits, here’s what they had to say.
When we think of user experience design, often our thoughts turn to a digital interface and the way a user navigates it. According to Jason Ulaszek, founder of international design agency Inzovu and co-founder of non-profit UX For Good, user experience design is about so much more than this. But what does this actually look like, and how can designers embrace a UX for good approach when it comes to their own work?
Ashley Porciuncula grew up on the outskirts of San Francisco, but her story isn’t the one you’re used to hearing about Silicon Valley. She was raised in a strict fundamentalist Christian sect where the Internet and higher education were forbidden, but she was a rebel and she ventured out into the world wide web anyway.
Ash Huang is a UX designer, illustrator, author and an artist. We talked to her about what it’s like to follow your creative passions wherever they may lead, and why life is more fulfilling when you embrace more than one vocation.