So what you’re going to see in this article is us asking some of our top designers what they use to level up their UX skills and what sort of things they would do if they were teaching someone who is junior? You know like what way could you level up your UX skills, so what sort of resources would you use or what sort of things would you do so hope you find this useful and do let us know in the comments what resources are, what tips you have For becoming better UX designer or what sort of questions you have for a design team here at ageyn, smart all right, let’s go hi, I’m Alma and I’m one of the UX researchers on the Sprint team, and I have two tips for you today to become a Better UX and product designer, so tip number one is to subscribe to an awesome newsletter called product habits by a guy called Heaton Shah.
This guy has designed and released the Q products that you’ve probably heard of like KISSmetrics and one more that I’m forgetting at the moment, but he’s a very smart guy and his newsletter is awesome. He pulls articles from the web about product design and stuff. That is always a really really good read. So that’s my first tip and my second tip is actually not so much related to one specific person, but more of a process that you can follow.
So the way that I actually find inspiration and my design work is that I go and look at apps that I really love and I think, are really well designed and then I look for the developer that make them and then see if they talk about their Design process and their thought process somewhere online, so it could be on Twitter, it could be a podcast, it could be a blog anything and so like for me. It’s following Marco Arment following Marc Edwards and Jared Sinclair, but you no longer post about these stuff, but regardless of the people that I follow, you should just go.
Look at the apps eula look at look for the people who make them and then see. If they talk about their thought process, because it’s really helpful to see how they arrived at the design decisions that they made – and I think that will make you a better designer by doing so so when I meet someone who’s trying to figure out how to just Get better at being a UX designer or a UI designer, and I guess my answer is kind of going to be a bit more boring and tactical than everyone else’s.
What I get them to do is look at the guidelines for some of the biggest platform, so, for example, iOS so for any Apple device like iPhones Apple, has their own human interface guidelines. In fact, there’s a whole webpage dedicated to all the different interactions. All the different animations, all of the different kind of rules for designing products on that platform and the cool thing is there, are really just two platforms right: there’s iOS and there’s Android, and both of these platforms have really excellent documentation.
Both iOS and Android. Google has material design and Google’s material design. Documentation is beautiful. It’s really amazing. It’s really clear, and I think that one really big problem that I see with a lot of designers, is that they’re sort of learning, UX design in an abstract way or they’re learning like UX and UI design from apps that are on the market or from dribble And these apps are already breaking the rules because they’re you know, the people who are designing these things are often so good at understanding the basics that they know how to break the rules, whereas I think it’s super important to know the basics and even some of The best designers, I still sometimes see them using like a you, know, modal pop-up, when it doesn’t make sense having a back button when it doesn’t make sense.
I think it’s important for a designer to know when, when you tap on something, how do you know whether it should come up over the screen, and how do you know when it should slide in from the right – and I think things like that are super important To understand and to understand those things, look at the guidelines for iOS, look at the guidelines, the material design guidelines and, honestly, I think, that’s like it really.
It seems like a really basic tip, but I checked the guidelines every so often when I’m when I’m stuck and I’m wondering Oh like, should this be an overlay or should should this be? Should I have the tab party and I think those sort of things are easily answered when you go and look at the systems and the design systems for in these larger platforms and the documentation is really really great. So that’s my advice.
Hi I’m Dee. I’m a product designer designed to infer Scylla, Teta and designs for an educator at AJ and smart and my top tip for progressing your UX product design. Career is a bit left field and it is volunteering at events, meetups conferences, volunteering to even just do really simple things like helping like run the event move chairs around get coffee all the things that seem like you have more important things to do.
Volunteering for stuff, like that, will just expose you to other really cool and probably more senior people in the industry who are running these kinds of events. You have probably very interesting careers because they’re choosing to run a conference or run an event of random eat up. So that they can share this knowledge and their passion for their industry to the rest of the world into the design community.
So exposing yourself to tons of senior people who really care about what they do and you’re, probably exposing yourself to a ton of information as well. You’re, probably getting a free ticket to the conference being able to meet all the people that come to the meetup and just exposing yourself to to more opportunities in your career and more passion excitement in your work, but there’s one caveat I have for this tip.
Is it will not work if you’re just using it as a little hack, and you don’t actually care and you’re not actually enthusiastic, but if you’re super enthusiastic to get into the industry and super enthusiastic about in your field about UX design or product design or whatever It is if you’re really excited about it. This will work for you. This is this work for me from the very beginning of my career, I’ve been doing this volunteering and also running events, and I love it, and it’s made a huge impact on my career.
I’ve met people who have offered me jobs, then from these kinds of things, so it will work as long as you’re excited about it. My name is Rob. I am a product design director here at AJ, smart and my top tip for becoming a better UX designer is to just be really aware of new products that are coming to market, and you can gain a lot of inspiration and you can also learn a lot From how like new UX problems have been solved, but also, why would I’d like to add to that point? Is that you don’t have to be kind of restricted to what’s been done, always questioned whether something can be made more streamlined, more intuitive or just more easier to use so use those as a benchmark and then feel free to kind of do anything to them? I try and do download an app a day and it’s just good to kind of really broaden your horizons with using your apps and there’s so many.
Obviously this needs so many apps. You can never keep up with them, but it’s just good to kind of keep your hand in that and there was becoming the benchmark for best practices within designing mobile interfaces. Hi. My name is Tim. I am the product design director at agent, smart and I’ve been in the design industry for over 10 years. Now I started off as a: u accent your eye designer for agencies, so one piece of advice that I would give is to find really really good mentors to learn from.
I really liked working with people who have a clear attitude or towards the work that they’re doing for clients and who didn’t just treat it as this kind of like random thing, allergic they’re, just kind of like doing their magic, and nobody really understood what the job Was so they had a very, very good like like a clarity to them, how they conducted themselves in their job, and they could also very clearly tell you why they were doing things in a specific way, and I would recommend everyone was starting out to look for People like that and ask them a lot of questions and working with people who already had like a long track record, definitely helped me because I think, especially in the beginning, you were feeling kind of lost, because it’s very overwhelming you know doing like working in your First job and some company and realizing that you were a little bit out of your death, so yeah.
I think if you just find one or two persons like that and you get to you, get them to share their experience with you and almost like. Take you under their wings and work with them. More often, it can really help, and I mean usually when you have a relationship to people like that they will also be the first one who approach you would ask you to work on something with them, because they know that you’re, a person who is actually really Interested in doing great work with them, and you really have to to show that you – you want to do these things and that’s super empty, but that’s my so.
I really hope you like reading this article and I hope, there’s a few things in there that you can take away. Do let us know in the comments, if you have any other questions or if you’ve any other tips for us and give this article a like. If you enjoyed it now, if you’re interested in learning more and more and more about product design, we do have a weekly podcast. Every Monday morning called the product Breakfast Club podcast also check that out ton of free stuff.
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