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Futureheads Five Stories – Cynthia Savard Saucier

Cynthia is head of UX at Shopify, and co-author of Tragic Design (O’Reilly). She has a knack for solving complex problems from a business and human lens. Her range of experience has brought her broad recognition as a leading expert in ecommerce and UX. In addition to her day job, Cynthia is regularly invited to … Continue reading “Futureheads Five Stories – Cynthia Savard Saucier”

Demystifying UX job titles and levels

We regularly get asked to clarify what different job titles in the UX industry mean, and how these job titles translate for specific companies. So, we thought it’d be a good idea to put together a general guide on what we’re seeing in the market. It is worth noting that different companies can use different … Continue reading “Demystifying UX job titles and levels”

Do Head of / Director level UX practitioners need a portfolio? If so, what should it communicate?

At Futureheads, we’re frequently asked the question by Head of, and Director of UX level candidates: ‘Given that I’m not really hands-on anymore, would I benefit from a portfolio to show my work?’ In short, the answer is yes. Below I explain why and give tips on what you can include in your portfolio to … Continue reading “Do Head of / Director level UX practitioners need a portfolio? If so, what should it communicate?”

UXPA: Top UX Trends of 2016

St. Patrick’s Day means different things to different people. For many, St. Paddy’s Day 2016 undoubtedly meant a jolly down the pub, a few pints of Guinness and a headache the following morning. But not for the UX team here at Futureheads! For us, it meant one thing: @UXPAUK. A monthly gathering of top UX practitioners to … Continue reading “UXPA: Top UX Trends of 2016”

Top UX Events to Attend in 2016

The New Year is well underway and the design community is packing its diary with really interesting events to cater to everyone’s needs. There is a real variety of content being delivered and it’s very tricky to make sure they don’t pass you by. At Futureheads we are in the thick of it either sponsoring, … Continue reading “Top UX Events to Attend in 2016”

UX Recruitment Market Review – January 2016

With 2015 almost a distant memory, what does 2016 have in store for the UX recruitment market in London? Here are some observations for you: UX recruitment continues to grow  The UX market continues to grow. Everyone is hiring from agencies, brands, tech companies, consultancies, and start-ups. Brands are still building in-house teams but 2015 … Continue reading “UX Recruitment Market Review – January 2016”

UX Salary Benchmarking – January 2016

Here’s some benchmarking for UX folk and employers to start 2016 with. Contract  Junior: £100 – 300/day Mid-weight: circa £350/day Senior: £375 – 400/day Lead: £400 – 500/day Head of: £500 – 600/day Director: £600 – 800/day The reasons for a broad range in each section is simple. Businesses have different sized budgets for the … Continue reading “UX Salary Benchmarking – January 2016”

A Round-up of the Great UX Events of 2015

Photo: Gratisography As 2015 is drawing to a close and the festivities are about to begin I thought that I would take a look back and reflect on some of the great events that the UX team at Futureheads attended this year.   UCD 2015: This year’s UCD hosted an array of talks centred around Humanity … Continue reading “A Round-up of the Great UX Events of 2015”

UCD 2015: How Experiences Sell Products

I was lucky enough to attend several talks at UCD 2015, and one that really stood out to me was on how experiences sell products. Lucy Blackwell @lucyblackwell, Creative Director at FutureLearn explored how savvy brands no longer sell a product; they sell an experience. Savvy brands no longer sell a product; they sell an … Continue reading “UCD 2015: How Experiences Sell Products”

UCD 2015: How to Craft Digital Products for Older Users

While planning my schedule for UCD 2015, I was keen to jump on the opportunity to hear Julie Kennedy @juken1, Head of UX, and her colleague Lucy Scott @lucyscott6 from the Daily Mail, talk about designing for an age demographic largely left out in the cold by digital advancement.  One-quarter of the population will be … Continue reading “UCD 2015: How to Craft Digital Products for Older Users”

UCD 2015: Digital Teams Need To Hire More UX & Design Graduates

At the recent UCD conference, I spoke with Lee Sankey @leesankey and Kirsten Lawton regarding the challenges and opportunities for hiring graduate UX and design talent in London. Experience shows that not enough graduates are being hired. Futureheads have met with over 230 clients in the last 2 years and less than 4% of resulting … Continue reading “UCD 2015: Digital Teams Need To Hire More UX & Design Graduates”

UCD 2015: Legible London – Users at the Heart of a Legible City

I had the privilege of attending UCD 2015, which is an annual conference focusing on the user experience (UX) industry and supporting sectors and disciplines. This event has grown from strength to strength, with this being its 5th year and the reviews I’ve heard in the bar after, will continue for a long time to … Continue reading “UCD 2015: Legible London – Users at the Heart of a Legible City”

UCD 2015: Making Data Useful: Design, UX and Innovation

As a Marketer, any suggestion I make for our company’s digital marketing strategy is based on the data I get around our marketing channels. I really believe that data is important in helping companies make better and more informed strategic decisions. So, one of the talks I was looking forward to at UCD 2015 was … Continue reading “UCD 2015: Making Data Useful: Design, UX and Innovation”

UXPA UK: The Role of UX in Advertising

This month’s UXPA @UXPAUK event was on the role of UX in advertising and was chaired by Lisa Moore of writebyte.com. The panel included Nina Belk, Research Director at DigitasLBI, Cennydd Bowles, Digital Product Designer, Andre Figueiredo, Head of UX at AMV BBDO and Dale Tovell, Chief Digital Officer at AdYouLike. The panellists debated on … Continue reading “UXPA UK: The Role of UX in Advertising”

Ed-tech – Key UX Trends to Look Out for in 2016

Here at Futureheads, we have seen an increasing amount of Ed-tech roles in the UX market. This is an exciting time for designers to really have a digital impact on the schools, colleges and universities of tomorrow. Here are a few key UX trends to look out for in 2016 and why it is an … Continue reading “Ed-tech – Key UX Trends to Look Out for in 2016”

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Research For Your Next Service Design Project

Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to attend several UX events and have heard the words ‘service design’ being tossed around a lot. Though I’m still very new to the concept, I do actively look for opportunities to learn more about it. That’s how I ended up finding out about Rupert Tebb’s … Continue reading “How To Get The Most Out Of Your Research For Your Next Service Design Project”

UXPA UK: UX in Government – What We Learned At The July 2015 Meetup

This month’s UXPA event was held at the Goldman Sachs offices in London and upon reaching the venue it was clear that I was not the only one interested in learning more about UX in government. The event theme had drawn the interest of many who were keen to learn more about how ministerial departments … Continue reading “UXPA UK: UX in Government – What We Learned At The July 2015 Meetup”

How to get into the UX market as a Graduate

According to Career One and Mashable, the hottest jobs in 2015 are now within UX (User Experience). That’s right – UX is hot right now and for those of you wondering why that is, the answer is simple! Delivering a consistent and innovative product experience is now a top requirement for companies competing in a … Continue reading “How to get into the UX market as a Graduate”