I am a newbie. I recently graduated from a web design college program and I am currently freelancing as a designer/front-end developer.
I discovered UX in school but it wasn't covered in great detail. I found I had a taste for it. It felt comfortable to me.
But I also find it confusing. Because I can't pin it down. What exactly is UX? I have come to discover it's a lot of different things to a lot of different people. So...
As a newbie, UX means quite a lot of things actually: auditing a site, client needs analysis, user testing, user stories & cases, flow charts, IA, wireframing, and also a lot of the design work too. This is my experience with UX through school and afterwards. I've done a bit of it all except user testing.
Is it like that in the real world of UX or am I way off base?
SO I guess my first goal for joining this site is to pin down my definition of UX so that I can then begin to work towards developing the necessary skills so that one day I can include UX Designer in my title.