How to get started in UX Design? That’s an excellent question. Although the number of design resources for beginners grows rapidly, I firmly believe that they do not offer the right approach to the problem. UX Design is a holistic approach to product & service development that requires solid background of the right thinking habits, rather than just a set of hard skills. Take a look at the list below and let me know your thoughts.
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2013 passed in a blink of an eye. Looking back, it was an amazing year. A year full of impossible things happening. A year of magic. A year of design.
Let’s start with the last bold statement: 2013 was a year of design. Surprised? Well, consider that: The number of people somehow connected to UX Design grew to the level of almost 1.6M, LinkedIn users only, around 80% year over year growth (tweet it).
Couple of hours before yet another iPad Event, we’re again sure that the famous and much expected iWatch won’t make an appearance. Unfortunately for the consumers (and probably for the shareholders as well) Apple won’t announce the revolution. The public will be forced to wait indefinitely for the premiere of probably the most useful wearable computer on the planet.
Who gets the job in UX? The qualities of the best UX Designers.
In my pre-uxpin life I had the privilege of being a UX Manager of a team consisting of absolutely amazing designers. I personally hired some of them and well…can’t say that the process of hiring UX professionals is an easy one. Finding people who are creative and analytical at the same time is always a challenge. What’s more – there’s plenty of job opportunities for UX professionals. As for now (September 30th) there’s almost 19k open positions listed on LinkedIn. That’s certainly something.
I thought it might be useful for all of you to know what UX Managers and HR people are looking for in UX Professionals. Below you’ll find my list of the qualities I’m looking for in UX Professionals and, for comparison, the list published on Quora by Jonathan Baker-Bates – experience UX Designer from London.
Design is an unfortunate mixture of art and science that simply hates any shortcuts. Designers on the other hand are often more than willing to take shortcuts. Who’s not guilty of falling in love with the first design idea? I know I am. You start thinking about the design and immediately afterwards you’re able to see the solution that seems to be perfect – at least in your mind. You’re not forcing yourself to come up with anything else and you simply start wireframing your first real guess.
This very moment of questionable epiphany can ruin the entire product.
Beautiful retail stores from around the world
I assume most of you deal daily mostly with digital design. Websites, Software, Mobile Apps… – that’s our reality. In my experience though, the design inspiration should be broad. The best projects I’ve ever worked on had some connection to the physical reality. eCommerce websites inspired by shop-windows, Financial websites with bank-style influences etc. – this kind of design inspiration always brings some kind of freshness into our skill-set and much desired familiarity to the minds of our users. It’s not about modelling the whole design to resemble its physical predecessor. It’s rather about taking the inspiration and creating something completely new with reference to the original.
Design discussions on Quora
Quora became a place to be if you care for an occasional conversation about Tech-related stuff. Best designers in the world are certainly present among Quora members. Take a look at the best design discussion and join the stream of conversations!
Have you ever wondered what Samsung employees think about design of their arch enemy – Apple? Wonder no more. Quora discussion reveals the truth. “Many of my coworkers consider Apple to be just a hype builder. Most of the time they don’t want to give credit to Apple engineers. But on the other hand, there are a small number of Apple users working in Samsung. We appreciate the quality of their ecosystem and the beauty of hardware-software integration…”
“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”
At UXPin we believe that there’s only one way to the great quality of the product – listening to customers. We’re constantly trying to understand what you expect from us and what could help you design the most amazing web and mobile applications in the world.
The Relation of Psychology and Design
Psychology and design are inseparable. Design without knowledge about human beings is just a kingdom of chaotic expression. Design founded on a knowledge about human mind is a straight way to amazing products.
Let’s take a look at 10 best presentation about relationship of psychology and design. And at the end there’s a surprise! :)
Design is a funny word. Mention it in a conversation and it adds value without adding a precise meaning. If you hear “that’s the great design” do you know exactly what your interlocutor meant by that? Aesthetics? Function? Both?
How about “I’m designer”? Couple of months ago I was presenting for a group of experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. One gentlemen in his late 60′s told me after the presentation “I’m a designer as well. I used to design circuits”. Unfortunately that’s not the kind of design I can understand, so we didn’t find a common ground.