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Student Spotlight: Kauri Palmer

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Kauri was still in high school and doing her exams when she started the UX UI Design Transform course. As one of the stand-out students in the cohort, she landed a role within weeks of graduating.

Finishing high school and keen to make a fast start as a young professional, Kauri enrolled in the UX UI Design: Transform course. Find out how Kauri’s commitment and willingness to lead projects led her to land the role of her dreams.

What were you up to before you started at Academy Xi?

When I started the course I was still studying in high school. I went to Glenaeon in Middle Cove, which is a Steiner school. I was completing my HSCs and managed to get early offers from five different universities, but wasn’t 100% sure about what career to pursue. Plus, I think the value of a university degree is going downhill these days.

My family has a friend who recommended the UX UI Design course with Academy Xi. I Googled UX UI Design and it seemed pretty cool. I wanted to study something that was creative and scientific, and the course seemed to combine both.

I reached out to a few people who were already working in the industry. They told me UX UI Design is in demand and that I’d have no trouble finding a role after I graduated. I thought it would be amazing to go from high school straight into a serious career.

Also, I had very little experience with navigating the jobs market, so the Academy Xi Career Support Program was very appealing. After scoping out a few alternative courses, I decided to enrol with Academy Xi.

What would you pick as your main highlight of the course?

Honestly, I enjoyed all of it so much. Each time we started a new module, I became completely engrossed. The course mentor, Hayden, told the cohort we needed to pick an area and specialise in it. I found it really difficult to narrow my interests down – I loved everything we were studying and wanted to keep doing it all!  

I was 18-years-old and by far the youngest person on the course. When we started the first team project, we broke into four groups. Even though I was so much younger than everybody else, I was picked to lead part of the project.

For the second team project, the cohort broke into two big groups and I was chosen to be the team leader again. Despite the age gap, everyone put so much trust in me. That was a proud moment, an ego boost and definitely one of the biggest highlights of the course.   

Kauri Palmer

How did you find studying online?

I was already used to working online following a few years of school during Covid. I’d basically been living online, so completing a course online was a natural experience for me.

It would have been much harder to complete the course if it had involved having to physically be somewhere. I had school work and also had a few different jobs, so completing the course online made my managing schedule much easier. Plus, it was nice to be able to rock up to a Zoom meeting in my pyjamas!

Even though the course was remote, there was a strong bond between everyone in the cohort. We set up meetings outside the classes, stayed in touch and did a great job of collaborating even though we weren’t working together in-person.

How did you find balancing the course and all your other commitments?

Believe it or not, I had six different jobs while I completed the course. I was tutoring, teaching art at a few different places, and even teaching blacksmithing at my old school. It was a strange little collection of jobs!

In the end, juggling everything actually worked well. I’d spend most of the day working with people from Academy Xi and then I’d have to disappear for a few hours to do some teaching.

During the first weeks of the course, I also had to revise and get ready for my last HSC exam. It probably all sounds like a big burden, but I’m pretty good at organising my time. I managed to get prepared for the exam and keep up with the course content without too much of a struggle.

Did you enjoy working with Hayden?

Hayden was brilliant. He’s such an entertainer and made the live sessions so much fun. He’s accomplished loads in the industry and gave us all kinds of advice and insight.

I’m naturally quite a forward and outgoing person, but leading the projects was a bit daunting. Hayden was really encouraging. He told me that if I impressed him with the projects, he’d write me a reference, put in a good word and help me find a job.

When I completed my personal project, Hayden told me he was gobsmacked by how well I’d done. With Hayden’s support, I went from someone who was thinking “can I do this?”, to someone who completely believed in their own abilities. I’m immensely grateful for just how much Hayden backed me throughout the course.

Kauri Palmer

What was your personal project about?

I’m passionate about the education system, but also aware that aspects of it are a bit outdated. Most schools will run Personal Health and Development classes, which teach students about safety with alcohol, sex education and so forth. Although the intention behind these classes is good, the content is out of date and doesn’t touch on subjects that impact young people’s lives.

For my personal project, I created a platform that allowed students to anonymously ask questions. Professionals, teachers and other students would then respond and give advice. PHD teachers could also read the questions and then address the issues in their classes. In creating the platform, my goal was to ensure that PHD could properly respond to what’s going on in the world, which is exactly what those classes are all about.

How did you land your new role?

For our last group project we worked with a lady called Kylie, who’s a business consultant for the client. Kylie told us that she was working with the Dementia Association and asked if anyone would be willing to build a website. I volunteered with a few other people in the class and became the lead for the project.

Kylie also works with a company called Sustain Health, which is a traditional Chinese medicine and chiropractic clinic in Melbourne. Within two days of starting the website project, Kylie asked me if I would interview for a job with Sustain Health. She’d seen me leading the group and realised that I was capable of taking the initiative with design projects.

A few days later I had a short interview with Kylie’s boss and they offered me a role while I was still on the phone. I was on a three month contact which they have renewed for another month and will potentially extend after that.

The course had only just finished and I’d landed a UX UI Design role almost immediately. I feel unbelievably lucky, but I’d also put myself in the frame by volunteering with the website.

What are you up to in your new role?

Sustain Health wanted me to redo their entire website when I started, which I’ve been working on for a little while. I’ve also been asked to add new pages to the site for fertility and autism, which I’ve just finished the research for.

One of the things that I’ve really enjoyed about being a UX UI Designer is that I get to develop all kinds of skills. I’ve learned to be a copywriter, I can design my own icons, and even produce animations, videos, and marketing material! I have the freedom to learn these different things, which is exactly the kind of variety I wanted from a job.

A large proportion of my work involves scoping design projects and building prototypes. In doing that, I’m basically using the step-by-step process that I picked up with Academy Xi. Ultimately, I think Academy Xi gives you some pretty solid fundamentals, but it’s when you start working in the industry that you find your own groove.

What are your plans for the future?

When I started the UX UI Design course, I was looking for something that would get me into the workforce a bit faster than a traditional degree. In that regard, the course was definitely a success. 

Next year I’m planning to do a bachelor’s degree in product design at UTS, which is a bit broader than UX UI Design. I’ve also been working through the Academy Xi Product Management: Foundations course and that’s been really interesting. My Dad’s a Product Manager, so maybe it’s in my blood! 

I’m enjoying UX UI Design, but I want to explore a few career paths and try my hand at different things. In 10 years time, I honestly have no clue what I’ll be up to career-wise.     

Would you recommend Academy Xi?

I cannot express how much I would recommend Academy Xi, particularly to high school students looking for options after graduating. You’re often led to believe there are only three choices after you graduate: university, TAFE, or finding work. No one tells you that places like Academy Xi offer short courses which pack so much value into a couple of months. I explained the course to people by saying 'It's like three years of university in three months. It's what you need to get into the workforce minus all the fluff'.

Kauri Palmer

Academy Xi also offers the Career Support Program, which is exactly what I needed as a recent graduate of high school. I recommend it to students who want to learn how to operate in the professional world. There is so much that goes into getting employed that high school never even came close to teaching us.

Even if you want to go to university, I recommend Academy Xi as a way to get ahead of the curve. I’m planning to go to university part-time next year and work part-time. By the time I graduate, I will have four years of industry experience on top of an Academy Xi certificate and a degree.

Academy Xi has enabled me to live an unreal life. I have to keep pinching myself to realise that an 18-year-old can have a well-paying full-time job that she loves, and can only go up from here.

If you’re keen to kickstart an exciting new career just like Kauri, check out our UX UI Design courses.

*Please note that all Academy Xi students must be eighteen-years-old or over at the time of the course start date.

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Student Spotlight: Sylvia Xu Connor

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Seeking a new lifestyle and a fresh challenge, Sylvia left the fashion industry and entered the exciting world of UX UI Design.

After 15 years as a Fashion Designer, Sylvia retrained with Academy Xi and landed a Senior UX UI Designer role within a week of graduating. Read about Sylvia’s UX UI Design: Transform course experience, her fast start in the industry, and how she’s helping more Academy Xi graduates into design roles.

What led you to a career in UX UI Design?

I realised after the first lockdown that I didn’t want to go back to my old work routine, which meant commuting five days a week to physically be in a fashion studio. It was tiring and I have young kids who didn’t see me enough. I had skills that allowed me to work remotely, so I started casually searching for work-from-home design jobs.

It took about a month to discover this new term – UX UI Design. I was really intrigued by the concept, but UX UI is digitally-focused. I come from a more traditionally creative background, with lots of big personalities discussing branding, graphics, patterns and colours, and I needed to be sure UX UI was a good fit for me. At that point, I did what I do best – a tonne of research!

The more I found out about UX UI, the more I realised its principles completely aligned with how I approach design, which is 50% problem solving and 50% how well you can solve those problems by your grasp on tools. By that stage, I was fully committed to switching to a career as a UX UI Designer.

Why did you choose to study UX UI Design with Academy Xi?

I looked into all the course providers that offered UX UI Design, from short bootcamps to master degrees as I already have a UTS Bachelor of Design degree. I am extremely time poor so needed to be job ready in as little time as possible while fully leveraging my past experience in the design industry. I narrowed my search to two providers who could transform my career very quickly; Academy Xi and General Assembly.

Academy Xi had a more competitive price. Plus, the course advisors were super friendly and took time to answer all my questions. If I was unsure at any point, they encouraged me to do my own research. It was a big investment of time and money, so it was important to get honest advice without any pushiness.

After five months of weighing-up my options, I decided that if the course advisors were giving such a personal service, that was a positive sign for the course itself. Eventually, I settled on the Academy Xi UX UI Design: Transform course.

What were your first impressions of the course?

I did a lot of research and knew what to expect from UX UI before the course started. I wanted to push myself from the outset, because I knew I’d get back what I put in.

It was serendipity that the whole three months of the Transform course coincided with the entire Sydney covid lockdown period. I felt like I was in a time capsule of intense learning and delivering results. As a mature student who hasn’t done any studying since finishing my bachelor’s degree 17 years ago, it’s important to have a lot of attention and guidance. The course mentor, Hayden Peters, gave the cohort everything we needed and more. He always made himself available online outside of classes to answer our questions, or give that love and support when the course content became challenging.

All the students were blown away by Hayden - his commitment to everyone in the cohort went above and beyond what you would expect from a mentor. He did everything he possibly could to help us understand the value of UX UI and the best ways to apply it professionally.

Sylvia Xu Connor

The first personal project was a bit like learning to ride a bike. I pedalled really fast and got to grips with the UX UI Design process by making mistakes. During the first phase of the course, Hayden and my coursemates were my only stakeholders, so I had a safe space to experiment in. I made all my mistakes early, which gave me the experience I needed to really nail the live client projects.

Can you tell us about the live client projects?

The first client project was for Endeavour X. Endeavour X is a subsidiary of Endeavour Group and owns a number of the big drink sellers, like BMS and Jimmy Brings. With the border closures, Endeavour X had a shortage of talent to hire from. There’s not much awareness of what Endeavour X does, so the project became a branding exercise. We had to do a lot of UX research and design a website that would enable them to attract and retain the best staff, creating chemistry throughout the company.

Take a look at Sylvia and her team’s client project with EndeavourX

The second client project was all about improving a chatbot for Dan Murphy’s. They have an existing chatbot, but it really only provides basic information about stores and opening hours. Our final design made the chatbot a more informative and engaging experience, helping deliver traffic to the existing website. Both Endeavour X and Dan Murphy’s were really happy with the designs the teams came up with.

How did you find working with the other people in your cohort?

I really cherished developing relationships with the other students. The course finished in October last year and we’re still in touch to this day. Some of the cohort based in Melbourne came to Sydney for the Christmas holidays and a bunch of us met up. Without the course, I never would have met so many great people.

We had a shared journey, a bit like pilgrims, and graduated with a collective experience that we can hold on to for the rest of our lives. We were all equals and could share our thoughts and feelings. As well as Hayden, we learnt from each other. Completing the client projects as teams really brought us closer together – that’s when we pooled our skills and really bonded.

How did you find the experience of learning online?

There’s nobody looking over your shoulder and pushing you to work. I think once you’ve broken that barrier and realised you need to motivate yourself, it’s very straightforward. The course is clearly laid out, so you can log in, see the modules in advance and work through everything systematically. There’s an independence that comes with online learning, and you’ll need it to get by in the professional world.

Learning online also enabled us to work on the projects at times that suited our schedules. Some of us were night owls and worked together into the night, while others were more active in the day. I completed the course while my kids were homeschooling and couldn’t start until 10am, but my coursemates were really accommodating. Collectively, we made it work.

If we were physically in a classroom, we wouldn’t have had that level of flexibility. Even though we were online, we stayed connected and worked together like a well-oiled machine.

Sylvia Xu Connor

How did you go from graduation to landing your new role?

I graduated in October on the same day as my daughter’s birthday. I had to tell her “I’m in a meeting, we’ll celebrate when Mummy finishes”!

My objective throughout the course had always been to get a new job, so I worked hard to grasp the skills, develop my portfolio and be job-ready. I immediately started applying for positions and the client projects were so valuable when it came to interviews. Rather than just saying “this is what I can do”, I was able to demonstrate my skills very concretely.

Within a week of finishing the course, I got a couple of job offers.

Sylvia Xu Connor

I didn’t expect to get hired so quickly, but looking back, I realise that I put myself in a strong position. I had all my ducks in a row.

Now, I’m working for Symbio, a big tech-telco company as a Senior UX UI Designer. I was the first ever UX UI staff member in a company of about 400 people. They brought me on board to speak for UX UI throughout the organisation, so it’s a big step for me and the business.

My plan for the next six months is to get a foothold in the company, raise an understanding of why UX UI is important by adding value to the business and to build a team that can deliver on UX UI objectives. I started with a blank slate, which means I’m having to set the benchmark, which is straight up my alley because my whole life is about setting benchmarks, and also a reason why I’ve achieved so much in so little time.

What projects are you working on at the moment?

I’ve been tasked with a project that hasn’t moved very far in the months before I started. The company does a lot of business in Australia and New Zealand, but wants to expand into APAC. To make that possible, they need a portal that allows customers to self-serve. The head of digital decided they couldn’t go any further with the project without having UX eyes on it, which is one of the main reasons they hired me.

As well as the portal itself, I applied UX to the situation. I quickly realised the project could benefit greatly from having more meaningful dialogue between the internal staff and the overseas developers. I decided to bring everybody together in virtual meetings to get them collaborating more closely. Anyone facilitating online workshops needs to know how to get the most out of the tools and platforms, which is something I could offer straight away because of my experience with Academy Xi.

Now, the project is now fully up and running again. The company is really impressed with what one UX UI Designer can achieve, which is giving me the traction to put a UX UI team together. I recently hired some of the Academy Xi UX UI Design: Transform graduates, because I know first-hand how well prepared they are for working in the field.

What else have you done to stay involved with the Academy Xi tribe?

Hayden invited me back to give talks in his classes. I reassure the students that though the course can be challenging and they might be anxious about what’s to come, it does lead to great outcomes. I tell them if they put in the hard yards now, they’ll get to where they want to be in the long run.

Another ex-student, Diana Miller, spoke while I was studying. Diana now works for NAB and it gave me a sense of perspective to hear from someone who’d used the course to launch a successful career. I felt like I could offer that perspective to other students too.

Since giving the talks, I’ve received LinkedIn messages and offered all kinds of advice. One student received a job offer straight after graduating and, knowing I’d been in the same situation, called me to ask for my thoughts. I was more than happy to help her. It’s wonderful to still be part of the Academy Xi community. I’d like to help as many students as possible to follow that path into UX UI Design, because I know just how rewarding it can be.

Finally, would you recommend Academy Xi?

Definitely! I have a few friends who are interested in other positions in the digital industry and I’ve sent them links to Academy Xi courses. I know a Project Manager and she wants to freshen-up her career. I’ve told her to jump into the digital space, take the Academy Xi Digital Project Management course and completely transform her skill-set.

If someone was interested in studying UX UI Design with Academy Xi specifically, I couldn’t recommend the course enough. I can say from experience that Academy Xi gives you the skills and mindset needed to make a big impact in the UX UI Design industry.

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How to Become a UX Designer

By Academy Xi

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User Experience (UX) was once a buzzword in digital speak, but today, the ability to identify user problems and solve usability issues is integral to any successful product or digital experience. As more businesses recognise the value of their User Experience (UX) Design, industries around Australia are looking for ways to improve the development and evolution of user experience.

What does a UX Designer actually do?

UX Designers aim to design experiences that create delightful product experiences for the end user. With a thoughtful blend of analytical skills, creativity, and a willingness to adapt to new learnings, the capabilities of a UX Designer can span anywhere from research and prototyping to designing and pitching. See our top 5 UX Design principles that UX Designers should follow.

Read more about what User Experience Design involves and why it’s important.

Characteristics of a UX Designer:

  • Driven by insights
  • Relies on human-centred research
  • Adept at usability testing
  • Willing to wireframe and prototype
  • Analytical and empathetic

A day in the life of a UX Designer

Understanding users

After a strong cup of coffee in the morning, the UX Designer gets straight into their user research. Understanding the user is typically the first step in designing user-centric features. When designing for a users’ experience, the research phase of UX Design aims to reduce and remove assumptions from the decision-making process. A UX Designer starts by defining a problem statement, which eventually forms a hypothesis about a user. This hypothesis is continually tested and refined.

Problem statements

Articulate the user’s problem that should be addressed and solved. It usually contains a hindrance or problem that affects a user’s ability to perform the desired action on site. As part of the research phase, a UX Designer conducts interviews, undertakes competitive analysis, and surveys to determine the behaviour, goals, motivations, and needs of their target users.

UX Artefacts

Based on qualitative data from user research, the UX Designer often spends time creating personas or archetypes that are representative of its users. When a persona has been identified and created, UX Designers adapt and develop scenarios to flesh out the motivations, pain points, desires, and needs of that particular persona. This helps the designer to visually communicate their research to key stakeholders.

User persona refers to an archetype or fictional representation of people researched. Personas will typically represent a group of people with similar traits or behaviours. Read more about creating user personas.

Becoming an (Information) Architect 

Upon swapping offices for a day, a UX Designer becomes an Information Architect (IA) – equipped with an idea of who they’re designing for. It’s at this stage, where the UX Designer begins to shape a product solution. UX Designers are integral in forming the elements of a website’s information architecture and it’s here where UX Designers cross paths with Web Developers, Graphic Designers and Digital Marketers.

IA includes the structure and organisation of a website’s information environment including its page navigation path. The IA is the backbone of a website including elements such as the navigation, hierarchy, and categories that allow users to see where they are, the information they need, and how to get to their desired path.

Wireframing and prototyping 

Here comes the fun part. After lunch, a UX Designer may start the build and design process. This begins with a simple wireframe. Wireframing is the creation of a product feature or design using representations that act as a guide. Think of this as architectural blueprints that contain simple User Interaction (UI) elements or placeholders. Wireframes are followed by prototypes, which flesh out more of the elements that the user will interact with including the content and interactive options on the prototype’s interface.

Tip: Popular programs found within the UX Designers toolkit include: Sketch, InVision, Axure, and Adobe XD

Testing and Iterating 

UX Designers are always on the move – testing and reiterating a product. Through a combination of in-person or electronic tests, the UX Designer will look for feedback and assess the behaviour of a user as they interact with a new function or feature. Based on verbal or non-verbal feedback, a UX Designer will integrate updates and new features of a design to ensure a seamless user journey. Read more about the dos and don’ts of usability testing.

Sounds like a day job you’d fancy? Let’s explore the career options.

I love the power of UX. It can build strategies for promotions, SEO, branding, and more.” – Lucy Huynh, UX Designer at William Hill.


What UX Career is right for me?

From startups to freelancing, a day in the life of a UX Designer can vary depending on the size of the team and the depth of the project. Globally, there’s an insatiable demand for hybrid, purist, and specialised UX Designers. The options are as vast as they are varied.

A career in UX Design can lead to a range of pathways including:

UX Designer

A UX Designer can be a purist (wireframing/ prototyping/ conceptualising) or they can work as a hybrid of research and design. Typically, larger organisations will have specialised UX roles for researchers and designers, while agencies will offer a hybrid of research and design roles. However, the career paths and choices depend on the individual business and their definition and perception of UX Designer’s value.

Tip: Discover a career in UX Design with a short course at Academy Xi.

User Researcher

User Researchers are solely dedicated to UX research. Their job role includes running research workshops, conducting one-on-one interviews, creating focus group sessions, and producing surveys. Researchers conduct qualitative and quantitative research through a variety of detailed and bespoke methods.

Researchers will typically collate their findings and inform design recommendations to a UX Designer who will prototype and wireframe a new feature.

Hiring Tip: When looking for a User Researcher, businesses want candidates with: innovative minds, systematic approaches to work, agility in their working styles.

I’ve worn many hats over time, but I dare to say UX has always been a major part of what I’ve done during my career. Labels don’t matter so much I believe, you shouldn’t hire nor work for the title, but you should instead for the job that needs to be done.” – Pieter den Heten, UX Lead at Nine Entertainment Co.


UI Designer

UI Designers are involved in web development and designing for the journey of a product or functional design. UI Designers can be a hybrid mix of UX and UI Designers. UI Designers primarily focus on design principles such as colour, balance, typography, and consistency.

Hiring Tip: When looking for a UI Designer, businesses want candidates with innovative minds, systematic approaches to work and agility.

What’s the difference between a UX Designer and UI Designer?

Many design professions have hybridised to focus on the ever-changing purpose and need for digital products and services. Developing for the web has become more complex and now needs a whole suite of designers focused on improving customer experience. UX Designers are increasingly choosing to specialise in one UX niche. Typically, UX practitioners choose one of two pathways: designer or researcher.

  • While UI Design concerns itself with designs for responsiveness or interactive purposes, UX Design provides the underlying rationale and research that allows a product (including its UI features) to work smoothly. Both UX and UI considerations are crucial for the development of a product but the process behind each role varies – UX applies analytical skills to its research and design and UI lends itself closer to the actual graphics and visual elements of a user’s interactions.
  • In practice, UX Design concerns itself with more than the visual elements, acting as a bridge between functionality with the look of a product. A UX Designer approaches designs in four distinct design phases, known as the ‘double diamond’ strategy: Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver.

Are you transitioning from User Interface (UI) Design to UX Design?

A career transition from UI Design into UX Design is common.

UI Designers are trained to consider the layout of a product and the interactions of each of its features on screen but UX Designers are concerned with the usability of a feature and will provide user-centric pathways that a UI Designer will visually communicate.

Tip: Gain real-life UX experience in your current role. If you’re a UI Designer, put your hand up for UX projects and if you’re in a Marketing team, start working on some research tasks to help improve a site. If you’re looking to move into a pure UX role, build up your portfolio with examples of UX projects you’ve worked on. Need help getting experience? Engage with a real case study in our UX Design course.

Tips on starting a career in UX Design

What to consider when you’re launching a career in UX:

  • Launch your career into UX with an accredited course to learn the basics and fundamentals. Try a dedicated course in User Experience Design
  • Make it a priority to build a strong portfolio – be open to mentorship opportunities to get your foot in the door
  • Network at design meetups and events to meet people in the industry. Design meetups, industry nights, or event listings are a good starting point
  • The way you present your personality is just as important as your design skills. UX Designers are not traditional designers so more effort may be required to get noticed.
  • Don’t forget to invest in your skills evenly – UX Design can be as much about research as it can be about the ‘design’, so make sure you’re across the skills required when researching and wireframing!

Our instructor’s most recommended UX Design resources:

Throughout your UX Design career, it’s important to stay updated and well read. Here are the top ten UX Design resources as recommended by our instructors:

  1. Don’t Make Me Think – Steve Krug
  2. Usable Usability: Simple Stuff for Making Stuff Better – Eric Reiss
  3. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People – Susan Weinschenk
  4. Mobile Usability – Jakob Nielsen and Raluca Budiu
  5. Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience – Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden
  6. The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide – Leah Buley
  7. Service Design: From Insight to Implementation –  Andy Polaine,‎ Lavrans Løvlie,‎ Ben Reason
  8. Quantifying the User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research – James R. Lewis and Jeff Sauro
  9.  Smashing UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experiences – James Chudley and Jesmond Allen
  10.  Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing… – Steve Krug

The UX Design Industry: Average Salaries

As businesses begin to grasp the value of a seamless UX, the demand for specialised skills such as research and prototyping continues to grow. Currently, average salaries in UX Design in Australia will depend on the level of skills and experience:

  • Average Salary for a Mid-level UX Designer: $106k (Sydney)
  • Average Salary for a UI Designer: $96.5k (2016 Australia, ADMA)
  • Average Salary for a Mid-Level Graphic Designer: $95k (Sydney)

How to Future-proof your UX Career:

Despite being a fairly new concept, UX Design is becoming a familiar process in the product development cycle. For businesses large and small, designers are becoming an integral part of improving the delivery of customer experience.

Users now expect an optimised user experience right from their first experience with a product. This translates directly to a company’s bottom line with “every dollar invested in UX returns $10 to $100” says Goran Paunovic, Creative Director of ArtVersion Interactive.

Did you know? According to the World Economic Forum, complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and service orientation will be in-demand skills for jobs in 2020.

UX Designers bridge the gap between a business’ goals and a customers’ experience, and with rising demand for seamless experiences – digital or otherwise – it is necessary now, more than ever, to understand UX Design.

Build a network of people in UX – this will be invaluable and allow you to develop the credentials to build a career in UX Design. – Stefano Portaluri, Senior UX Researcher at SBS.


Stand out from the crowd with complementary Skills of a UX Designer such as:

  • User interface or visual design
  • Understanding the role of UX in Waterfall, Agile and Lean methodologies
  • Refining soft skills to ensure a healthy and collaborative approach
  • An intense curiosity to ask the ‘what if’ behind the brief

Designers interested in our User Experience Design courses will get exposed to the theory and practice of understanding users and will develop the ability to create designs that create real-world impact.

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