What Skills Should You Master to Be An Excellent UX/UI Designer on Earth?
Design may come in various forms. It can be a physical product, a website or even a brand facade. Therefore, no matter in any era or industry, designers seem to be the indispensable presence. With the advent of the Internet era, the demand for designers has changed in a rapid space, and the traditional graphic design has also derived more job positions, including UI design, UX design, product design and visual design and so on. So, what kind of designers are more accepted and popular among enterprises? What skills are necessary for good designers on earth? Now, let’s dive into more details.
1. Keep “A Distance of Ten Thousand Feet” with Your Design
At sometimes, designers need to use “telescope” to fully understand and deal with complicated issues, with a macro point of view to examine the problem, instead of getting stuck with the tiny details. As a matter of fact, excellent designers do not just encourage users to click on a button or complete certain tasks. The design process will be more or less related to the previous ideas, attitude, the back-end system and the user interaction within it. Considering a comprehensive rather than a single scenario to break the limit of ourselves.
2. Put User Experience at the Center
As the same way to “Follow the mass line”, designers must put the user experience at the first place. In fact, the UX design includes many aspects, such as human-computer interaction, visual design, functional structure design and page switching design, etc. For users, each APP page, each section of the interaction, or the setting of each button will directly affect the user experience.
Understanding the users’ needs and looking for a user-centric design method will be a great way to find your inspiration. Before starting the design, you may need to ask yourself a few questions:
A. Who is the user?
B. What is the real question?
C. What is the user’s goal?
D. Why we need to solve this problem?
Only by asking yourself such questions before/while designing can we find the core value behind the final deliverables.
3. Keep Continuous Learning and Progress
In the ever-changing field of design, only continuous learning can let us benefit from the development of technology and keep advancing in order to maintain the competitiveness of ourselves. Here are some recommended websites and blogs worth a visit on your way to success:
Mockplus - The well-selected UX/UI design posts, along with beginners’ design guidelines and tips.
Boxes and Arrows - A comprehensive website where there are standard and non-standard design topics,
Usability Geek - Its main focus on the design and business combination, like how to improve the design and thus improve the conversion rate.
Smashing Magazine - Web design and development related collections.
Site Inspire - More than 2,500 websites have been included, with the web design resources.
4. Possess Logic and Design Thinking Ability
Also, design is a kind of logic, and excellent designers can influence people through the design of positive thinking. Based on the investigations and study, it’s said there are mainly two logical capabilities:
* Logical thinking ability, can determine the efficiency of the designers’ communication at work. Whether you are a graphic designer or visual designer, it’s better to carefully analyze all aspects of users’ demands plus the persuasive skills to produce a satisfying result. The process of persuasion is the logic of thinking.
* Logic design ability, can determine the novelty of the work. In short, the design layout, the content to boost a higher conversion rate and how to render the intent will just he embodiment of the design logic.
Design is a kind of art, and you don’t need to limit yourself. We need to constantly accumulate the design experience, know about the market and users’ demands, keep learning and advancing as well as exercise our own design thinking in a continuous way. In addition, for me, the most important skill is to learn and grow from the failure! You are welcome to comment below to share your thoughts with us!