7 Steps to Become a UI/UX Designer
We’re not some unicorn creatures that were meant to be designers and were just born artistic like that. The design is learned. The design is about solving problems. It’s a process of constantly finding problems and creating solutions for them. There are many areas of design: UI, UX, product designers, graphic designers, interaction designers, information architect, and the list goes on.
Start by figuring out which specialty interest you more. For now, let’s focus on the most common type: a mix of interface and experience: UI/UX designer.
1. Familiarize yourself with UI principles.
Before practicing design, the first thing you need to do is learn some design principles. From this, you’ll be able to enter the design world and start thinking “creatively”. You will learn the psychological aspects of design: why it can look good and why it can fail.
Here are some basic principles you should know about.
2. Learn the creative UX process.
The next thing is to understand the creative process. UI/UX design is a process of specific phases that every creative person goes through.
3. Develop your eye for design
Knowing design principles is great, but sometimes it’s not enough, you also have to train your eye to see good design and bad design and to identify strengths and weaknesses in designs.
4. Read design articles every day
To make ourselves get familiar with design, the best way is to read a few articles each day.
Make reading design news and blog an everyday habit. There are millions of articles available online for us to discover new trends, use cases and tutorials. All we have to do is find them. There’s nothing better than learning from other people’s experiences.
5. Design fake projects.
Practice makes perfect. And we all know we can’t get clients/jobs without experience. But without a job or projects, we can’t practice, right?
But we can break this cycle by practicing on our own, by creating fake projects for fun! Dribbble is full of it.
6. Learn the latest web design tools.
There are tons of design tools out there, but you don’t need to know all of them. Get to know the best ones out there, choose your favorites and stay updated with the newest features and trends.
Here are the latest tools that I use in my design process:
Sketch for interface design
Figma for collaborative interface design
Balsamiq for low fidelity wireframing
Adobe XD for interface design and prototyping
Marvel App for making mockups interactive
Invision App for prototyping and collaboration.
7. Mentor and get mentored.
Another great way to learn design is to find a design mentor or designer friend who is willing to help. They will help you speed up your learning process.
The designer would review your work and give their comments whenever possible. It’s like a shortcut. They would also give you tips and tricks they learned from their experience. So go ahead and e-mail a designer, ask questions and discuss your concerns.