Where to start?
Perhaps it is the most terrifying question in-universe. No matter what is your profession, this question always haunts you in the beginnings.
Today’s article is about UI/UX design, so we will discuss in detail, how to get the most in UI/UX. By reading this article, you will get to know the 7-step procedure for becoming a proficient designer.
There is a common myth that design is in-born quality, and you cannot develop it. This is totally wrong. Design is the name of the endlessly iterative process of learning, finding problems and devising their solutions. You do not have to be a creepy creature, who is born artistic and never has time to do his hairs.
There are too many areas of design. Some examples are UI, UX, Product Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, etc. For this article, our focus will be UI and UX.
Here are the seven steps towards success in UI, UX Design.
1. Get To Know UI/UX Principals
First thing before you start practice, is to get familiar with design principals. Only that would enable you to start thinking creatively and build eye-catching designs. You must know the psychological aspects of design. What makes or break designs?
Some of the basic things, you must know are color, balance, contrast, and typography.
These principals will let you know about color vocabulary, the psychology of colors, symmetry, etc. You will get to learn, how to make the text more readable.
2. Learn the Creative Process
After getting familiar with basic UI/UX principals, the next thing is the creative process. UI/UX design is a complete creative process with specific stages. Every creative person has to go through this.
This is the simple visual map of the design process with four stages. Let us explore all stages one by one.
- DISCOVER- And now your design project begins. You will start research. Getting inspiration and gathering ideas is what you will be doing in this stage.
- DEFINE- Now you have extracted an abstract idea from the ‘discovery’ phase. In this phase, you properly define that idea. A clear and concise brief is created.
- DEVELOP- In this stage, concepts are materialized. Then they are tested and iterated. This is a process of trial and error, which helps designers to refine ideas.
- DELIVERY- This is the final stage. We finalize, produce and launch the product or idea.
3. Develop An Eye for Design
Only knowing design principles is definitely not enough, if you do not have an eye for design. You must know how to differentiate good design from the bad one. A glance should be enough for you to find the strengths and weaknesses of the design.
Inspiration is the most effective way to train your eye. Research makes you creative, so better do it before staring at an empty canvas.
Often mind cannot come up with new ideas at its own. Looking at other designs helps a lot especially if you are a beginner.
So keep an eye on what others are doing. If you come across any good design on social media or anywhere, do save it in your notes. A collection of inspirational ideas will help you trigger your creativity.
4. Follow & Read Design Blogs
Reading is one of the best habits you can develop. Read new design articles every day. It will give you too many ideas that it would become hard to jot down every single idea.
Develop the habit of reading design news and articles. It can help you discover new trends. Learning from other people’s experience is the best way to learn.
A cup of coffee and one good design blog. Nothing can be the better start of the day.
5. Practice Fake Projects
To get a job, you need experience. But where would experience come from, if you have no job?
So create fake projects for the sake of practice. It is impossible to achieve experience without practice. Pick any website or app you use, and redesign it. Do anything you come upon without fearing as it is not a practical project, you do not have to worry about the quality. Stretch the muscle of your mind as much as you can.
6. Get Your Hands On Tools
Tons of design tools are there in the market. But you do not need to learn or get expertise on all of them. Find out which one is the most demanded in your area of design, and get your hands on it.
7. Find a Mentor
Design is a huge industry, with millions of people. It must not be hard to find out any design mentor who is willing to help.
The mentor will review your work and give comments and valuable guidelines, whenever required. Moreover, they would share their own tips and tricks they learned through their experience and that will be the most useful asset.
The Ball in Your Court
Remember, knowledge without action is of no use. Day one or one day is always our personal choice. Today is the perfect time to start your design career. Get up and start practicing what you just learned.
We hope the article provided valuable insights about the road map of UI/UX career. You are more than welcome for giving feedback in the comments section.