What's it like to be a User Experience Designer?
User Experience (UX) Designers help to create products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to their users. They champion the needs of users by considering the Why, What, and How of product use.
Tasks and duties
- Conduct user research and testing.
- Develop wireframes and task flows based on user needs.
- Collaborate with Product Managers, other Designers and Developers to create intuitive, user-friendly experiences.
- Communicate design rationale to achieve shared understanding with various stakeholders.
UX Designers are involved in the product development process from start to finish, including strategy, design, branding, usability, function and testing.
While UX Designers often work with digital products such as apps, websites and games, UX Designers may also work with non-tech products and experiences.
What can I earn as a User Experience Designer?
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How to become a User Experience Designer
- Develop an eye for design, an understanding of design principles, and learn to identify strengths and weaknesses in user experiences. Consider a short course in UX or visual design, or seek out online or in-person groups to network with other designers and learn from their expertise.
- Develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. This can include work you’ve done on mock UX Design projects. Set up a blog or a website to showcase this work. Having a strong portfolio of your work that also demonstrates your design thinking is generally important to prospective employers.
- You may also consider a postgraduate qualification, such as the Graduate Certificate of UX and Web Design to further develop your skills.