I need to unveil the steps to become a UI/UX designer but before that, I need to get my basics right. I made up a concrete plan and also formulated ways to achieve the target.
Designing has always been my weakness and I feel incomplete without being able to incorporate the “high-end” ÜI/UX in my experience; hence my journey to a new design began. I hail from a heavy computer background and do have a fair idea of Numbers ( I mean Finance) and was a bit sceptical since I have been working as a graphic designer and graduated to the next level in CAD. I was content but the ambitious bit of me made me take this decision.
4 years and some odd months I am proud to share few of the things that I was advised by my seniors which helped me not only to sail through but capable to write “how to become a UX/UI designer. “
Note : Before sharing the five Steps /guide as you call it ; I strongly feel UX designers must have a global perspective –that does not mean they have the superpower to steer and control the world but what is being referred is that they must possess the capability to run the product streaming and control its flow. This can only happen if they have sound knowledge of the subject such as understanding the figure designing to make a demand analysis. This is followed by Sketch and then prototyping to check usability, which is a sensitive testing method. These are all done in a flow to develop the product before you plan the launch.
Crystal objective leads a person through various steps and enables them to control on a process and create an all-inclusive viewpoint. Most of you might not agree but I leave it to you!
Step-One of Five: You need to be very sure of things you are going to learn and also decide do you really want to learn it.
If you still hear a Yes – you are on the right track. Practically speaking nowadays being a UX/UI designer is a prestigious position. Those of us who have treaded this path will agree since it involves hours of concentration, focussed learning, money to back up and plenty of time so you can research, understand what, how and ifs & buts of taking up a UX/UI designer career.
Money spent can be earned, efforts yielded to learn can be compensated with whatever knowledge you gain but remember time spent cannot be elapsed. Hence the point is every minute you spend in getting deeper insights into the subject – give it your best.
Many skills that we own and our favourite pastime hobbies at some point, bring out the best.
Step-two of Five: Preparing your learning agenda/plan is as vital as you need oxygen to breathe – now!
What is not important is where and how much time you invest to learn this particular designing but what is utmost crucial is to prepare well to take on. Plan your notebook – assimilate separately all information you can gather from news, web and talking to UI/UX experts. This would help you have some idea as to what you can expect and understand various aids such as wire-framing, prototype, their components such as date field breadcrumb, slider, pagination, notifications, message boxes. We learn the importance of time and resource management, we hardly deflect. We must take help from video sites such as Coursera.com and Lynda.com, so we are aware of the subject and contents
Step-Three-of Five: Decide on the right course and the right Academy
Opting for the right course solves half the plan. Choose wisely, do conduct a reiki of all the of Academy schedule/curriculum and program – understand lesson plan and share the same with an expert since it will be incomprehensible for others. Definitely, check if they have practical projects and internship facilities. This is a big advantage even if the Academy does not encourage Campus hire – they can at least recommend you internally and offer you a hands-on-project experience under supervision – a great way to master your learned skills and capabilities.
Step-Four of Five: Build confidence with each project!
Once you are aware and confident of your ability –you have to ensure you take up as many as projects you can handle. After all, unless you stumble or fall you would not know what standing up is all about. If you are a student, look around your room, check, analyse and jot down what can be improved, once that is decided –plan how you can use your skills. Is there a new website? Are you aware of a new concept? Put it in your plan and convert this into a challenging project and utilize each designing process to create something new. This is one of the best ways to master already learned skills such as front-end programming language such as HTML, Java, CS and more.
Step-Five of Five: Brand yourself – create your portfolio(s)
This is the first step indeed though we pocketed it in the last. Why first? Since clients, you need to showcase what are your capabilities and what you can extend your stretch to. Share projects and their coordinates, so they can take easy references.
Now if your focus is UX – go for simple, plain portfolio but as you graduate to become UI designer – keep layering your work folio as well.