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Digital: How To Become A UX Designer

In the IT world, UX designer is one of the most in-demand jobs currently. This, added by prospects of high remuneration and high job satisfaction rate, has increased people’s interest in the career significantly. But how does one become a UX designer? Is there any qualifications that one has to complete, or can it be learned on the go? Here are some explanations about the job, based on advice from UX experts.

Study and Research the Subject

Getting into UX design field is similar to entering a new country – you have to adapt to the new languages and practice. Researching the subject would help you transition and immerse in the subject. “Read, watch and listen to everything you can get your hands on in order to understand how UX Designers do what they do,” said Matthew Magain of UXMastery. While participating in a UX course could help improve your learning experience, you can also teach yourself through the content available on the Internet.

Learn the Relevant Tools and Skills

As a design job, it is important to keep training using softwares like Sketch, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Outside these traditional tools, Magain also recommended over 1000 tools and resources that are commonly used in the UX community.

You can also learn other skills, such as coding, to stay competitive in the job market. “You don’t have to learn code to be a successful UX designer,” said Jessica Ivins, faculty member at UX design school Center Centre. “But if you learn to code, you have many advantages as a UX designer. When you learn to code, you understand the medium you’re designing for.”

Gain Experience

Jumping into a UX internship or job right away might be overwhelming – try working on your personal project first. This way, you could build a portfolio in a low-risk environment.

“If your goal is an internship or entry-level position as a UI/UX Designer, you will need something to show,” said Lindsay Norman, product design at Pinterest. “Try designing a portfolio in Sketch or Illustrator starting with user flows, wireframes, interactions, and finally a high-fidelity mock. After that, redesign something in need of a redesign… Invent your own to-do list web app. Create a froyo delivery app. Design things that solve problems that you can personally relate to.”

Network with Other UX Designers

Get involved in various online communities or go to IT events and meet-ups. By building relations with fellow UX designers, you can get inspiration from their works, ask for advice when you need it, find out about unadvertised job opportunities, and even gain a mentor out of it. “You’ll never have a better source of knowledge than a mentor who’s done it all before,” said Friederike Geiken, creative development leader at Crayon Crunch.

“Soak up everything an experienced UX designer can offer you,” said Ivins. “[However] be careful not to demand too much of someone’s time. Start small and make it easy for people to help you.”

Digital: The Rise Of UX Design

As the Internet increasingly penetrates every aspect of human life, demands for user-friendly technologies continue to rise. That’s where UX comes in.

First of all, what even is UX design?

UX stands for User Experience. UX designers are those who deal with usability, accessibility, and enjoyability of the interfaces that users use to interact with an app or a website. In other words, they are responsible for making your time online easier and ensuring that you can actually find the feature you’re looking for on a website without having to click on thousands of links. UX design is made based on user’s perspective rather than the business’ objective. Martin Belam, former Lead User Experience Architect at the Guardian says UX design “recognises that a good digital service isn’t just about functionality. It is about how people feel as they use a digital service, and about the way it does things, not just what it does.”

In order to do these things, not only do the UX designers perform code and design, but they are also responsible for researching consumers’ thought processes, often using scenario-based experimentation as well as “sophisticated research tools such as eye-tracking and behavioural analysis to help companies understand intricate details of modern consumer behaviour”.

Demand for UX designers has never been higher. Commonwealth Bank, for example, employs 75 designers to work on its websites, management tools and Netbank service. Indeed’s analysis this year found that UX designers are in the top five jobs in demand based on its search engine traffic.

UX designers are also paid pretty well – according to UX Designer Salaries (http://uxdesignersalaries.com/#global), Australian UX designers have an average annual salary of $72,099 in 2015.

To be a UX designer, a formal tertiary education on UX would best serve the purpose, although it is not the only way to get there. You can jump into the field through other related degrees, such as psychology, graphic design, visual design, UI design, and interaction design.

Sources: 
https://macleay.edu.au/the-rise-of-ux-and-its-invisible-future/

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/commbank-has-a-whopping-75-ux-specialists-working-on-its-tech-products-2015-7

https://www.theguardian.com/help/insideguardian/2010/feb/02/what-is-information-architecture

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