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You probably don’t need a degree to be a UI/UX designer

It was a regular day at the office, and I was sitting in the common area of our open office space with my manager at the time. We were seated around a table of supplies gluing squares of patterned wallpaper to those sample tiles that you get at hardware stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It was arts and crafts day at the office, so we were making DIY coasters

Colleges have historically struggled to keep up with the pace of technology. For this reason, all of the designers I know, whether they attended college for design or not, are self-taught in some regard. If designers had to go back to school to get a certificate every time a new update for Sketch was released, then design and UX would progress at a snail-like pace.

But the world of design moves faster than ever. What is relevant today will be old news tomorrow. The design tool or trend people are gawking at today will be replaced with a new one in a short amount of time. The benefit of working in tech is things move fast, and the only way to keep up is to be continually learning.

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