Yael Levey


NB: I was provided with access to this course so that I could review it but I’m under no obligation to say anything nice about it! The below is my honest thoughts.

2018 has now well and truly begun, and like me, you might’ve started to think about your career development goals for the coming year. One of my goals for 2018 was to understand which complementary skills I should learn more about that can enhance my core design toolkit.

CareerFoundry, a leading online course provider for UX, has recently launched a set of courses aimed at upskilling complementary skills for UX designers, rather than focusing specifically on teaching core UX skills. I was very excited about this as it can be really difficult to find learning materials that are written for designers who want to get a working knowledge on a subject but don’t necessarily want to become completely proficient.

Frontend development for designers is one of the first of these courses that CF has launched, for good reason. An understanding and working knowledge of frontend development is incredibly important for a designer to have, but is often only something that we pick up on the job or by reading things specifically targeted towards people learning to become frontend developers.

So after spending a few weeks test-driving the content and exercises, in this post I’ll be reviewing the course so that if you’re looking to upskill your frontend development knowledge in 2018, you’ll know if this course might be helpful for you! Lets dive in.

Picture the scene. There I am, living my best life, and my phone buzzes with a social media notification. Someone has sent me a direct message! However, I’m sad to admit that my initial reaction to seeing this is usually a groan.

Why? It’s not because I don’t like hearing from people. Rather, the opposite is true. I love to hear from people and find out how they are practicing design wherever they are in the world, and to help them if I can.

I groan because it seems to be an unfortunate epidemic on Instagram and other social media that many of the messages I receive are quite frankly, a complete waste of everyone’s time.

I imagine if this is happening to me, it’s probably happening to other people. I’m picturing a sea of people who really want to ask design questions and a bunch of designers who would love to help, but wires getting crossed thanks to shoddy messaging structure! Argh!

So, to help us all out, I’m going to talk about the types of messages that won’t get you a response  and how to instead optimise your approach for a better chance of hearing back!