“Many individuals are allured by these ‘get into UX quick’ schemes that expedite the learnings of a variety of UX skills anywhere from a few weeks to a few months of coursework. While fast food is cheap, most bootcamp programs are not. Online programs range from a few thousand dollars to in-person programs upwards of $10,000 or more.”
Should we give the boot to UX bootcamps? →
“These bootcamps expanded quickly, some even hiring less reputable staff and diluting their curriculum to take in more students to make that $$$. They often rely on (what I feel are) disingenuous promises of “a starting salary of 85,000!” or similar in their marketing.”
The diminishing returns on UX bootcamps →
“Bootcamps are not recession tested. In the event of a market downturn, bootcamps — operating off of tuition cash flow — could experience mass shut-downs (…) If a bootcamp shuts down, the certificate & brand value immediately vanish.”
The case against AI, UX and coding bootcamps →
With all the great content available online (plus a bit of discipline), we believe you should be able to learn the basics of our profession before investing in cost-prohibitive more formal education and training.
Top stories this week:
- Stop solving problems twice — you need a design system → By Marta Vasconcelos
- Why designers hating designers is no good → By Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA
- Analyzing the UX of streaming services → By Joseph Mueller
- Interview with Kunal Patel, Sr Interaction Designer at Google Material Design → By Emi Knight
- UI cheat sheet: pagination, infinite scroll and the load more → By Tess Gadd
- Guiding design: The history of the grid → By Jon Robinson
- Senior designers, you’re not junior enough → By Jonathan Lee
- What the Apple Newton taught us about UX 27 years ago → By Jesse Freeman
- Make me think → The problem with “user-centered” design.
- Bad roadmaps → Good intentions make bad roadmaps.
- Webwaste → Sorry to break the news: the Web is obese.
- De-escalate social → Designing humility into social media products.
- LinkDrop → Turn saved links into a newsletter.
- GoatCounter → Web analytics with no tracking of personal data.
- Daily anti-racism → One concrete action to your inbox each day.
- Scroll to text → How to link & highlight any text on a web page.
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