A user experience (UX) designer defines how a user feels while interacting with a product.
№1. Do Research
A must skill for UX designers is to do research, and do it all the time. Make yourself up to date with the latest trends. Spend maximum time exploring upcoming designs, techniques, and tools in your field. Always compare the knowledge that you are attaining each day and see how quickly things are evolving.
It gives you an amazing feeling when this exploration clicks into your mind while designing your UI.
№2. Think as If You are a User, Not a Designer
It is very important to satisfy your user — the client who will be using your product.
Never try to impose your likes and dislikes on your design. You are not designing for yourself.
Always work with your user and get his feedback to create the best possible solution. Extensive observation of your user while working on a project is an essential key to becoming a UX designer. Meet them, talk to them, and see their working environment.
Relate the problem to the daily life situations of your users and see how they handle them.
This helps you to discover their actual needs and the way they want to meet them. Collect your findings and now think of the design you want to build for them.
Believe me, this makes a lot of difference!
№3. Keep Business Objective in Your Mind
Of course, you need to make a balance between the users’ wishlist and your business objectives. See how your work is putting value into your business. Whether the effort you put into building your design is worth what it costs? Always answer these questions before moving forward with your client.
Analyze the requirements keeping in view your business needs.
№4. Design to Solve Problems
Design always solves a well-defined problem.
- Take the problem of your user
- Make a clear understanding of it
- Devise a plan to solve it
- Try your plan and analyze the results
If you are satisfied with your outcomes, involve your user. Repeat this process until you get a masterpiece that satisfies your user and is worth what it costs.
Always try to be clear in your thoughts.
№5. Don’t be Afraid to Iterate
Each time you iterate your design, you will learn a hundred new things. Without iterations, you can never become a good designer.
A key to success is to list down the DONT’S of each iteration, and do not repeat them. Note the things that you like in each iteration and DO them again.
If you are not liking your work, no worries. Let’s give it another try with new passion using past experiences.
No work is ever wasted.
Keep your bad experiences in front of you and see what can you do to convert them into good ones.
A wrong try in the beginning can move you to a brilliant idea at a later stage.
№6. Be Creative
A good research habit enables you to think about new and innovative ideas.
Always feel the courage to try new and different things in your design, while following the standards at the same time.
Note down the ideas as they come up to your mind. Do brainstorm your ideas with the people around you.
№7. Keep Your Design Simple
Focus on important and required features. Forget about extra things that seem essential to you but do not add any value for your customer. These extra features make your design complex.
Remember, it is very easy to make things complicated.
The real experience comes when you provide the required features and a simple design at the same time.
№8. Be Detail Oriented
Don’t leave gaps in your design.
Cover all possible scenarios that a user may encounter.
A design can best be evaluated with the small interactions that it provides to users when some error occurs or when something gets stuck.
Give equal importance to small details. An extensive observation skill is needed for this.
№9. Don’t Just be a Designer, Learn Technical Knowledge
It is always good to not limit yourself to designing something without any technical background. You can better understand the problem and provide a solution if you have some technical knowledge of the system you are working on.
It makes you independent enough if you know how your design will work in the development environment, how a coder is going to implement it, and what are the technical constraints.
№10. Communicate Your Ideas Effectively
A powerful communication skill helps you like anything in your design process.
You have to be good at
- how to present your ideas,
- how to convince people,
- how to get information from them, and
- how to market your work.
This skill adds a very positive impact on your work.
№11. Test Your Design with Users
You cannot become a good UX designer while working alone. You will be needing continuous involvement of people around you. You can ask your colleagues to do this favor. Real user experience can only be achieved by testing your design with real users.
Refining your design after testing is the actual thing that makes your design superb.
№12. Love your Work, Enjoy Designing
… And most importantly,
- love to design things️,
- l️ove to meet people,
- love to iterate️,
- ️ ️love to improve continuously, and
- ️ love to move on ️…
Loving the work you do, and taking its ownership will give you enormous inner satisfaction and self-achievement!! ❤️
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