Often I get asked about tips, readings and courses for starting a product design career. The question comes from students taking the firsts steps in UI/UX, designers wanting to shift careers, and sometimes professionals from other areas. Maybe you too are curious about product design?
I believe there’s no recipe for this. The best advice I can give is to increase your exposure to the industry. Find a mentor, do an internship, work in a product development company, visit studios, agencies, startups and others companies where product design happens.
It’s funny I’m giving this advice because when I started to learn about product design it was lonely journey for me. I graduated in Graphic Design in 2009, and during 5 years of studying and looking for a job, I thought I would become a brand designer. But shortly after working in the field I realized I didn’t want to pursue that path (for a couple of reasons, but I won’t digress). So I returned to the University to learn more about digital design, and 3 years later I was working for a tech startup as a visual designer, as the only designer on a team of 3 engineers. I struggled with the technical terms, spent many hours researching and learned a lot about Product Design with the rest of the team.
Here’s a curated list of websites, articles, videos and more that I collected during this years:
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