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How to Become a Great UX Designer in 5 Easy Steps

It’s a question that I think about a lot (and hopefully, if you are in the UX field, you think about it too). Because the field of User Experience is relatively new, we spend a lot of time trying to define what a UX designer is and what we do on a daily basis.

If your business’ website or app is poorly designed, it’s going to hurt your sales.

In fact, a good UX on a well-designed website can have up to a 200% higher visitor-to-customer conversion rate than a poorly designed website without a great UX.

The better the UX is, the more likely visitors are to become your lovely customers. Simple stuff really.

Above all else, good UX Designers have empathy for other people. You can see this in their daily lives. They ask how they can help when you are facing a difficult problem. They let others vent and they listen. They feel bad when they have to break plans. They are constantly thinking about others.

  1. To start with – forget about tools. While great designers are efficiently using their weapons of choice, tools themselves never made anybody a great designer. Most of them are so far from the true nature of the design that can only spoil you.
  2. Turn yourself into a constant redesign machine. Think about how to improve any product and service that you see. Including a door handle and a coffee machine.
  3. Observe people around you and analyse pattern in their behaviour, problems that they encounter using certain products etc.
  4. Whenever you’re tempted to design something, stop yourself and try to describe: who’s the Customer, what’s the Problem and what could solve the Problem (C-P-S Hypothesis).
  5. Design as little as you can. Solve problems.

When you’ll feel that you mastered all the tasks above, get more practical:

Improve experience of Facebook, Twitter…and other possible services (as an exercise, a sketch or wireframe would be enough; interactive prototype and usability testing would be awesome)

Just as you are able to listen to user’s input and understand their needs, you are also able to listen to feedback on your work and not run and hide or become argumentative. This is really hard for a lot of people, especially when you’ve spent hours creating a hi-fidelity mockup (I would argue that you shouldn’t be doing this anyway, but that’s another article). Getting feedback and using it effectively gets easier with time.

Good UX Designers are always asking for feedback – on designs, after a project ends, when they work with people in other roles. They are genuinely interested in how they can improve and become better designers. They don’t just collect that information, read it, and then lock it away in the feedback vault. They use it. They take the time to think about the feedback they receive and they act on it — you can be pretty confident that if you give them honest feedback that they can act on, you’ll see improvements from them in the future.

Adaptability

UX Designers also need to be adaptable in how they work — they are problem solvers who need to work with multiple groups of stakeholders to find the right solution. They need to “fit in” when they pair with developers to tackle a design issue just as they need to “fit in” when they test with users. They need to gain the trust of many people and leverage their relationships to build the best solution possible.

Diverse Experiences

So this is an interesting one. I know many UX designers who have studied anthropology, psychology, history and other interesting liberal arts topics. They have traveled extensively, have taken pottery classes, worked in the non-profit sector, or built their own pizza oven in the backyard. They are people who never stop exploring.

This is an incredible field because of the fact that you have all of these diverse minds coming together to solve problems —almost everyone who came to this career did it by choice. It’s not something you can very easily just slide into (although it does occasionally happen). It’s also not an easy job to train for — you have to really want to do it. Good UX designers have seen people use poorly made products and it makes them cringe. It pulls at their heart strings. Their career choice is often coming from a place of compassion.

 

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