What Does It Mean To Be A UX Design Generalist
Is it better to be a UX generalist—practicing both UX design, research and not specific industry—or to specialize skills and focus.
The design field is a lot like the medical field: For the first few years on your journey to doctorhood, you get a general education of the body and its functions. After, many doctors decide to just stick to being generalists — also called “General Practitioners.”
The truth is – for the first 3 years of your career, you’re going to be a general design practitioner. As a UX Generalist, you understand the wide array of UX disciplines. You can apply your broad knowledge to every design decision you make throughout a project. By becoming a generalist first, you broaden your UX expertise, you make yourself more hirable, and you learn what you may want to specialize in later.
Jared Spool put out a great post on Twitter in March of 2015 – “Should I be a generalist or a specialist?” is the wrong question. The right question is “Should I specialize after I become a generalist?”
Monday Night Informal Talks
UXPALA has been having a series of informal talks on subjects around career, getting a job, career development and many other topics. We introduce a subject and spend a short time talking about it. NO SLIDES or minimal slides. Audience participation is highly encouraged and why this format works so well.
Who Should attend:
Students and Graduates of a UX Bootcamp (any), University Program, Self-Taught
Students of a HCI, HFE, Psychology, etc. program
Those Thinking of attending any kind of Bootcamp
Anyone working in UX, UI, Product Design, IXd, Motion, Visual Design
Directors, VP’s C-Level
Educators and Administrators