Centered thoughts



  • Choose your own adventure to learn IA basics

    Choose your own adventure to learn IA basics

    Our students develop their own learning adventures to gain skills like information architecture. Information architecture (IA) is how designers organize everything in a design to help users find the specific content they’re seeking.

    If you’d like to learn more about IA, use some of our favorite resources listed below to develop your own learning adventure.



  • Alt text is part of your site’s content

    Alt text is part of your site’s content

    Alt text is more than just a few words that you quickly add to an image attribute. Images, like text, are part of your site’s content. When people can’t access the images on your site, alt text helps them understand your content.



  • When writing alt text, ask yourself this question

    When writing alt text, ask yourself this question

    Sometimes, describing what the image does is most important. Other times, it’s more important to describe the image itself. Decorative images can simply be decorative, or they can be part of your site’s content. When images contain illustrations or photos that give users meaningful information, use alt text to describe what’s in the images.



  • Build a collection of project work for your UX portfolio

    Build a collection of project work for your UX portfolio

    Hiring managers want to see more than just finished work in a portfolio. They want to see your work process, from start to finish. An up-to-date portfolio can help you land an interview, and it can help you tell the story of your work process.



  • What work should you include in your UX portfolio?

    What work should you include in your UX portfolio?

    In our last post, we explained how a UX portfolio can help you get a job interview. Your portfolio can also support your next career move. You can use your portfolio to get the job that’s right for you, and not just any job that’s available.



  • Tell stories in your UX portfolio

    Tell stories in your UX portfolio

    Getting the right content into your portfolio is hard. It’s especially hard when you’re creating a new portfolio or revisiting a portfolio that you haven’t updated in a long time. 



  • Collaboration: An indispensable skill

    Collaboration: An indispensable skill

    Over time, I learned to collaborate. I began to get input from stakeholders early in a project to avoid disagreements later in the project. I learned how to structure activities like brainstorming sessions so that everyone could participate and share ideas. I realized that once you know how to collaborate effectively, you can produce better results—as a team—than you can on your own.



  • Learn more effectively by reflecting on what you learn

    Learn more effectively by reflecting on what you learn

    Paying attention to how you learn is part of becoming a better learner. You can also reflect on what you learn to help your learning stick.



  • Using an iterative design process at Center Centre

    Using an iterative design process at Center Centre

    At Center Centre, we use an iterative design process for just about everything we do. Iterating allows us to measure our progress and learn from our mistakes. We test big ideas using iteration. We also fine tune details like wording, size, and even color through iteration.


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