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How to Become a UI/UX Designer ?

There’s this intern in our studio who said that she had always been interested in UX Design but missed her opportunity to break into the field since she’s pursuing a triple major degree in Arts and doesn’t have the financial resources to shift to a Design school.But this is not the case as there are many living proofs who have been able to learn UX Design without any formal training! The role of a UX Designer has been gaining prominence in recent times. Students and professionals from all walks of life have been changing tracks to get into one of the fastest growing careers. Making a career in the field of Design does not necessarily require formal education(although it can help build a solid foundation). But there are other ways to get ahead of the curve.So to break the false belief that it is “too late” to learn Design, here’s a comprehensive for getting started:

 

A. BUILD

1. Core Skills

 

research techniques

ethnography and discovery—user goals, motivations, and work patterns

user modeling—persona and scenario creation; role-playing

product design—product-level interaction principles and concepts

interaction design—function-level interaction principles and concepts

interface design—component-level interaction principles and concepts

information architecture and information design—content structure and presentation principles

 

2. Business Skills

 

project management

time management

stakeholder or client management

basic business writing—letters, email messages, meeting notes, and summaries

 

3. Communications Skills

rhetoric and persuasive writing

expository writing and composition

technical writing

public speaking and presenting

visual communication

 

4. Interpersonal Skills

 

mediation and facilitation

active listening

interviewing and observation

team-building

collaboration

 

5. Usability Skills

 

knowledge of usability testing principles and methods

knowledge of principles of cognitive psychology

 

6. Media Skills

 

understanding of bit-depth, pixel-density, and resolution issues

managing color palettes

icon design and pixel-level design

graphic user interface (GUI) screen layout and composition

page layout and composition

animation

sound design

prototyping—paper, Visual Basic, HTML/CSS, Director, Flash, or other methods

knowledge of file formats and tradeoffs

 

7. Technical Skills

 

understanding of basic computer programming principles, tools, and technologies

GUI development principles, tools, and technologies

database principles, tools, and technologies

understanding of software and hardware development processes—specification, coding, and testing

knowledge of existing and new technologies and constraints

knowledge of mechanical engineering and manufacturing—for hardware devices

 

8. Tools Skills

 

PowerPoint or Keynote

Visio or OmniGraffle

Adobe Creative Suite

 

9. Personal Attributes

 

empathy

passion

humor

skepticism

analytical thinking

ability to synthesize information and identify salient points

ability to visualize solutions—before they are built

 

B. READ

 

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability – Steve Krug

The Design of Everyday Things – Don Norman&lt

Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences – Stephen P. Anderson

Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things – Don Norman

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People – Susan Weinschenk

Universal Principles of Design: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal – William Lidwell

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products – Nir Eyal

About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design – Alan Cooper

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web – Morville & Rosenfeld

A Project Guide to UX Design – Unger & Chandler

Communicating Design – Brown

Observing the User Experience – Goodman, Kuniavsky, Moed

Prototyping – Zaki Warfel

Designing Interfaces – Tidwell

Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience – Jeff Gothelf with Josh Seiden

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less – Barry Schwartz

Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques – Kevin Mullet

Sprint – Jake Knapp

Rework – Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Creative Confidence – Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers – Tim Ferriss

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield

 

C. WATCH

 

Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli

Typeface

Objectified

Helvetica

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

 

D. GET INSPIRED

 

Site Inspire: siteinspire.com

Design Made In Germany: Sites we like

Little Big Details: littlebigdetails.com

Designs With Context: explanatic.com

Hover States: hoverstat.es

Dribbble: dribbble.com

Awwwards: awwwards.com

Design Shack: Critique Article Archive | Design Shack

Ecogex Delectable: Delectable – Contemporary web design database

The Fox Is Black: thefoxisblack.com

But Does It Float: butdoesitfloat.com

Lovely Package: lovelypackage.com

Form Fifty Five: formfiftyfive.com

One Page Love: onepagelove.com

Web Creme: webcreme.com

Web Designer Pad – webdesignerpad.com

Smashing Magazine: smashingmagazine.com

Synaptic Stimuli: synapticstimuli.com

Design Hash: designhash.com

Behance: behance.net

Very Nice Sites: verynicesites.com

 

In addition to the above hacks, at Designerrs, we provide a safe learning space for designers across the world. We are trying to make design education accessible for everyone by providing learning experiences and training programs for User Experience and User Interface Design, Design Thinking, Interaction Design, Visual Design, Designing for Immersive Experience (VR, AR, XR), Voice UX, and other specializations. offers a great curriculum to get you up to speed across all fronts. If you’re itching to establish yourself in UX Design sooner rather than later, check the Full Stack UX Design Course. where you get personalised mentorship from design industry experts from Samsung, Microsoft, NID and IIT’s and also get UI/UX Design Certification.