Our story

Learn more about us and how Kickass UX was born!
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Hey, I'm Colton!
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Yup. The guy above 🙄👆
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Hey, I'm Ludovic! The fancy guy below.
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Together we created Kickass UX in early 2019. But let’s take you back to the beginning for each of us.
 I followed the traditional path. I originally went to school to become an aerospace engineer. I quickly realized I would hate that job.
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So, I switched majors, got a 4-year degree, and I came out of school without any job prospects and little hope of doing something that I cared about.
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On my end, I went back to business school to get a Master's degree which left me with more questions than answers...
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The thought of crunching numbers in Excel or writing Word docs all day was super scary to me. 😱
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For years, designing slides was my creative outlet! 🔌
Deep down, I knew that I wanted a CREATIVE career.
After finishing school, the first question we asked ourselves was:
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Something was wrong. We didn't feel prepared for the job market and knew that we had to do something different with our careers.
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That's when we discovered UX. We had no relevant knowledge, no prior experience, and no idea of where to start.
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With a Political Science and Communications degree for Colton and a business degree for me, getting into a creative career seemed impossible.
Going back to college wasn't an option for either of us. We didn't have the money or time to dedicate to traditional schooling.
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Plus, we didn't believe that going back to school would help get us a the career of our dreams.
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We knew it would leave us with more questions than answers, just like before.
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After a ton of research, blood, sweat, and tears, we found the golden ticket.
For me, it was a board game I created called “Son of a Blank!”
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At the beginning of 2014, I was working in an uninspiring job with no opportunity to move up in the company. I felt stuck.
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So, I decided to create my own game. Without knowing it, I followed the UX process to create “Son of a Blank!”, from the research phase through handing off assets to the manufacturer.
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I loved the process so much that I looked around to find a career that would allow me to do that all day. That's when I found UX.
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I kept learning UX in any way I could. I read UX books, tried out design software, and created my own small projects.
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Then, one day, I came across General Assembly and went through their immersive 3-month bootcamp.
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It solidified the skills that I had built on my own and taught me how to talk about my work. But...
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The portfolio I created through General Assembly didn't separate me from other UX designers.
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I sent out my portfolio to many different recruiters and hiring managers, and all I heard was crickets.
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After the program ended, I updated my portfolio and  added my case study for “Son of a Blank!”, which changed everything.
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It proved to the hiring managers that I had unique real-world experience, that I was ambitious, and that I intrinsically understood the UX process.
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That's precisely how we designed our program; to help you create projects that you can call your own, which is what is going to separate you from other UX designers.
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My story's similar. Spending $15K+ on a boot camp wasn't an option for me. I knew that I had to DIY my way into UX, but I didn't know where to start.
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 There was so much information out there.
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And I kept running into the same chicken and egg problem: “How do I get a UX job without prior experience or education?”
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I had to create my own real-world experience to display my understanding of UX to hiring managers and recruiters. I took it upon myself to solve problems using the UX process.
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Instead of creating a board game, I decided to tackle a problem that is close to my heart: travel.
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(If you couldn’t tell from my text accent, I’m originally from France 🇫🇷 ).
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I've traveled a lot and understand the frustrations of managing flights and other details. This led me to pinpoint two Seattle companies in the travel industry: Expedia and Concur.
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I created two case studies to showcase my UX skill set. All of that on my own without guidance. There is no better way to learn something than by doing.
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Was it perfect?
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Could I have done it better?
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But the point is that I gave it my best, from user research, to building my portfolio, and the interview process. I showed hiring managers that I understood the methodology and that I could do the job.
After we both landed our UX jobs, we knew without a shadow of a doubt that we had just found the creative careers of our dreams.
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Collectively, we have over ten years of experience in UX. At this point, we've both created dozens of features that have benefited millions of people.
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Since we began, we’ve been continually approached by dozens of individuals wondering how we broke our way into UX.
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So, about two years ago, Colton and I set out to solve the problems that students experience with universities, bootcamps, and DIY.
That’s when we decided to create our company, Kickass UX, and our first program, UX/UI Expert.
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We combined each of our unique experiences and all of the knowledge we've accumulated since we started our careers.
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We also interviewed and got feedback from dozens of people who attended universities and bootcamps so we could create a program that combines the best of both worlds.
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We consistently heard about issues with mentorship, a lack of community, portfolios that all look alike, and students' inability to successfully articulate their design decisions. 😱
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We decided to tackle each of those issues head on.
We specialize in helping Graphic Designers to transition to UX.
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They're incredibly well-positioned to become UX designers who can solve problems and produce beautiful user interfaces.
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Are you a Graphic Designer looking to transition to UX? Not sure if it's right for you? Try our free, 7-day UX design course.
Thanks for listening to our story. 🙏
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