Web Design 101: How to Be a Good UI/UX Designer
The web design industry is quite a competitive industry. It’s an industry that is always changing and evolving, adapting to new technologies, and discarding old ones. Because of the very nature of the industry, professionals who have built a career on this industry have to be very versatile and adaptable to new trends and tech.
But as unpredictable as this industry can be, it is one of the more heavily sought after industries, and as a result, it is full of plenty of talented individuals. The unique thing about being a fully fleshed out UI/UX designer is that your job responsibilities are not limited to purely design, or purely code, but an interesting mix of the two. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in UI/UX, here are some things that you can keep in mind in order to be a successful one.
Understand the scope of being a UI/UX designer
Some people make the assumption that being a web designer means that all you have to be concerned about is making a website look good. However, a UI/UX designer’s responsibilities extend far beyond that. It’s important that when you consider becoming a UI/UX designer, you understand what the scope of the profession entails.
A UI/UX designer is concerned by not only how good a website looks, but how well it functions at the hands of the users. Navigation, functionality, and of course, design, these are all included in the responsibilities of a UI/UX designer.
The user comes first
Another thing that sets a good designer apart from a mediocre one is understanding that in UI/UX, the user always comes first. After all, it comes with the job title. “User” interface and “user” experience. It’s a job that is very user centric, and a good designer knows and understands that. Keeping in mind and anticipating the user’s needs is one of the best qualities of a good UI/UX designer.
Always keep yourself updated with the latest trends
Remember what we said about web design being an industry that is always changing? Because of that, it’s very important for UI/UX designers to stay updated with the latest web design trends. It won’t do to stick to a certain style and functionality of design without considering new trends. It won’t take long before your website will fall into obscurity if you keep up an attitude like that.
Understand the tools, and master a few
Everyone knows that there are dozens of tools at your disposal when it comes to web design. However, as daunting as that is, it’s isn’t necessary for you to learn them all. You can familiarize yourself with a bunch of them, and master a select few. Preferably, master the ones that you’re comfortable with and can see yourself working with a lot.