What is UX Design?
According to User Testing Blog, “UX design is the process of designing products that are useful, easy to use, and delightful to interact with.” In essence, UX design places the user at the center of every design design. UX design must take many human factors related themes into account when designing products due to its focus on the human.
What responsibilities does a UX designer have?
According to Adobe Blog, UX designers do product research, create personas and scenarios, information architecture, create wireframes, prototype, and product testing.
Below, is a brief synopsis of these six responsibilities:
1) Product Research: During this phase, the UX designer must learn all that he or she can about the user that uses a specific product and the product’s competition. They do this through interviewing, surveying, and doing competitive analysis.
Creating Personas/Scenarios: A persona is a stereotypical customer that would use your product. This is an in depth summary that includes things like personality, demographics, needs, and wants from your product. These personas are then used to create scenarios of when and how someone would use your product.
3) Information Architecture: This is an outline of the product and helps UX designers get a general overview of what the product will provide. It is during this stage that what will be covered on a macro scale is identified.
4) Wireframes: After the information architecture has been identified, it’s time to create the wireframe. The wireframe will show the flow of the product and illustrates “every important piece of the final product.”
5) Prototyping: Prototyping allows the wireframe to become interactive. It’s during this stage that an interactive version of the product is produced.
6) Product Testing: This is the part of the design where user testing can now be practiced. This is the stage where weaknesses are identified and strengthened before the final product is unveiled.
How do I become a UX Designer?
Most people that are UX designers studied an entirely different subject in school. Because of this, getting the coveted UX designer role requires heavy training and networking on your own part. Take Christine Chun who studied chemistry in college but made the switch over to UX design. Christine recommends first ensuring that UX design is something that you want to pursue by talking to industry professionals. Then it is important to research the UX industry (even consider taking a class/bootcamp) and then create an online portfolio. At this time, you’re ready to start looking for jobs. While the job process is occurring, you can do freelance work and find mentors for additional feedback. By doing freelance works, you get real experience and expand your own networks. During these freelance projects, you also get works that you can add to your portfolio and experiences that you can talk about during interviews.
As you can see, if you want to become a UX designer, you have to really want it and pursue the career passionately.