How to become better: UI/UX designer skills

A UI/UX designer is someone who has the skills, creativity, and knowledge. They are able to consider the user's needs and wants while also considering ergonomics and usability. Nowadays in the majority of UX designer job descriptions UI design skills are required. So this blog is all about the traits of a good UX designer, the skills required to be a great UI/UX designer, and how to become one.

What do you need to become a UI/UX designer?

This is the question all designers ask themselves when they enter this field. There are many traits that a good UI and UX Designer needs to have, and the list of skills required for this job title is extensive.  In order to become a better UI/UX designer, it's essential to understand these requirements and then work hard to improve your skills.

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UI UX design skillset

There are a lot of different aspects involved with being a UI or UX designer and these skills will help you do your job well if you already have them or learn them as you go along.

The skills of a UI/UX designer are varied and often depend on the type of company they work for. Generally speaking, a UI UX designer needs to have strong technical knowledge, design skills, along with a solid understanding of user experience principles.

Technical knowledge

UI/UX designers should work on the whole process from start to finish, from research through wireframing and prototyping. Someone who wants to be a UI designer should know design principles and techniques, including color theory, layout design for web pages, mobile screens, and more.

They will also need skills in wireframing, prototyping, and user testing. A UX designer must create wireframes for the application and then turn those wireframes into a pixel-perfect interface. They need to know how to use various types of software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, Adobe XD, Azure RP Pro and InVision. Understanding of HTML/CSS to edit the code of web pages and app screens is also good to have.

UI designers should have the ability to create a visual hierarchy. This is where they make sure that what's most important on the screen is more noticeable and what's less visible is less noticeable. It helps people know what to look at first and last.

They know how to use typography effectively. Typography includes fonts, sizes, colors, and spacing between letters and words. They're critical components in design because they can convey emotion or meaning just as easily as images do. The best designers know how to use them together for maximum effect.

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Understanding of user psychology

The most important is understanding how people use their products, creating a plan that is easy to follow, and finally executing this plan. It's vital for UX designers to have an understanding of how people react in certain situations, so they can use this knowledge to create appropriate design solutions.

A good designer should also be able to identify any usability problems in a design to take steps to improve it. User interfaces need to be designed so that they are intuitive, easy to read and understand, and visually appealing. User experience is about making sure that people have an enjoyable time while using the product.

Traits of a good UI/UX designer

A UI/UX designer needs to have excellent communication skills to be able to work with developers and other designers on the team. They must be able to convey their ideas through sketches or prototypes effectively. This skill is important because it allows the designer to get feedback from clients, team members, and end-users. The designer needs this information in order to make changes if necessary.

They also need to have strong analytical skills and understand what the client wants and how it can be achieved. It is important that they work well under pressure as deadlines are often tight. The ability to multitask is also an essential skill so that they can keep on top of all aspects of their work at once.

Creativity is important too. Designers need creative skills to find new solutions for problems or issues with an interface or application design. Creativity also allows designers to come up with innovative ideas for future work.

Self-improvement should be number one of UI UX designer goals

UI/UX design is a field that is in demand. It takes more than just technical ability to be successful in this industry. You've definitely heard the saying "practice makes perfect." This is true for anything, but especially when it comes to design. The more you practice, the better your work will be. Be interested in what you do, take advice from other designers on how to do better and what to avoid if you want your UI/UX designs to be great. It's also important to keep up with new trends and techniques so that you're not stuck using outdated methods.

Sergey Gyluyk

Head of Growth

Head of Growth and Customer Success. I'm interested in design, new tech, fashion, exploring new places and languages. My mission is to make our clients happy.

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