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UX Design: Top 5 tips from our designers

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.

We’ve got some really great guests on the podcast, like Jason freeze like Kim’s, got lots and lots of other guests. So if you’re interested in the product, design or tech world definitely check that podcast out and have a great week bye bye because it makes us feel popular. Oh I’m sorry is us a Jane smart at office.


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Learn UX & UI Design for FREE (Our Favourite Courses – 2019)

That’s right! No money, no problems, because this is all for free, so this article is going to be really great if you’re, just starting out in the UX UI product industry, I’m going to actually take you into my laptop and show you around 10 to 15.

Amazing resources that you can use literally right now, you can start today to learn UX UI product design to get a little bit of inspiration. These are going to be some really nice resources that I’ll just kick you off in the right direction: they’re, all free! You can start them all right now and I’m not talking about you, know, articles and articles, I’m talking about like full-blown courses and really needy needy resources that will help you learn.

I have so many resources to share with you guys today, I’m going to stop talking and start showing, so, let’s dive into the first one. We have a free online course from Udacity. Now Udacity is a is a platform that has tons and tons of online courses, and actually a lot of them are for free to start, and the thing is, you can then move into the paid program if you’re really enjoying it or you find you’re getting a Lot from it, so this one is called product design, it’s actually instructed by people who work in product design at Google.

So you know that it’s you know legit. Basically, the whole idea is it’s about validation and UX through design sprints funny enough um here at age, 8. Smart. We do a lot of those, so it is free. It’ll. Take you about two months um, so it’s a pretty robust course, which is nice and the skill level is intermediate. So I think that this would be nice for someone who is actually, you know knows what UX is knows what product design is but needs to get a little bit more of those hands-on basics.

All you have to do is how you sign up you sign in to get started. It’s super easy, and actually it’s the you know the free courses, of course, leading into the nanodegree program. Your course leads here. Our crisp sadden and amir Chevette great names. Both of you guys and here’s the cool thing, you have these four kind of key lessons, so you’re learning, ideation and validation, you’re, learning, UX and UI here, so you’re, actually learning how things should look.

What’s kind of a standard in the industry, you’re learning about the design sprint, which you know we happen to know a lot about, so you could learn that on our blog as well, but they’ll go into kind of the basics behind that, as well as key metrics. So how to actually identify metrics for websites and apps relating to you know, traffic, customer satisfaction and engagement. So this is a really nice course that you can just get started and see how you like it, and then you can move on further from there.

Okay, let’s jump into the next tab. I have here this one is from envision. I really like this because it’s a it’s called design talks and it’s actually webinars and kind of online talks about product design, UX design, thinking all these kinds of things and they’re all coming from experts right. So you actually have people from you know this guy is from Airbnb Dan Howard, Dane Dane Howard from Airbnb and he’s actually running one of these talks about the future of UX design.

These are the kind of thing that you can really like get really needy needy. I really love that word today. You can get really great advice from these people they’re, actually working within the industry and, what’s really cool, is there’s tons of them that you can read. Look at all of these they’re all open, free and really just like you’re, going to get some really in-depth insights through these, and then you can sign up if you want to read them live as well.

So that would be our second resource from envision. Very, very great okay. Moving along this is one of my favorites that I found. Actually, this is a design better and it’s called the principles of product design. So this is a little bit more of the basics, but it’s super in-depth and I’m really like nice to look at easy to read. You’re actually talking about you know the core best practices that are going to help you build a design better, faster and more collaboratively.

So it’s you can download the whole thing, but then they also have it outlined and all and all these chapters so like I really liked this one. This chapter two is all about. Let me just go to chapter two here: it’s all about story, storytelling! Oh, that’s! Actually happened one time before, or maybe it’s a problem with the site? Okay, so this is chapter number two that is all about like storytelling and how to actually do that, and it’s not just like this very kind of you know ambiguous talk about how storytelling is important.

It’s actually going into super detailed of like how to actually use a narrative framework for your products super great, and then we also have this guy here, who is Kevin, Chang from incredible labs and he kind of walks you through how he uses storytelling in his daily Work so it’s really high, like really high production value, which I kind of appreciate. I like that, when I’m learning I like to be entertained as well, but, what’s really cool, is they talk about creating user journey max-width through storytelling? Also down here? There’s some really nice.

Visuals tons of nice articles, so the whole thing is really nicely laid out for you. It makes a lot of sense. You know what I mean like you can go through this whole sort of chapter and you really feel like just getting some really great insights. So it’s going to be really really helpful for you. There’s tons of nice little articles that pop up there’s even down here when we talk about personas, there’s, like kind of like a little worksheet that you can actually go through to help you.

You know just get that started if you’ve never done it before it might be something that is a little bit new to you, creating an actual user persona for this product that you’re making so really highly recommend this one it’s from InDesign better, which is actually from Envision as well so those envision guys they’re on it in terms of education right good, so the next one that I want to bring up is actually a Coursera.

So Coursera is obviously an online if you might already know about it, but it’s an online platform that has tons of courses on it and a lot of them have sort of a free start. Like a you know, free chunk at the beginning, and then you can upgrade if you, if you want to a lot of times with these online platforms, they’ll give you the the kind of mini course for free. They just won’t, provide you with this certificate.

So if you’re, just at that point where you’re curious about you know how UX works and you want to see if you’re really interested in it or you want to get that nice boost at the start of your career, these are some really great ways to do That so Coursera has introduction to user experience design. That would be a really great one to start with, it’s going to give you the basics. This focus of this course is to introduce the learner to use her experience, design pretty straightforward, just describing what actually UX is they go into some nice details as well? You can see here, there’s also tons of other, very similar courses.

So once you finish the intro, you can then move into talking about information design, maybe user experience, research and prototyping. That’s a really big one for us, especially the design principles. So you can even get into the nitty-gritty of like visual design as well so Coursera. I would highly recommend checking that out as well, not as visually nice to look at have to say, which is a bit of a downer in terms of you know, design courses, but oh well, okay, this is another one, so this one is called a future learn Future learn calm.

They have tons of courses as well. This one is a user experience course. So you’re going to learn about why user experience and UX is important. The research and design basics and the tools and testing techniques used in UX you’re getting a little bit more detail in this one, and what’s nice about this, is they kind of have laid out? You know your studies and how you should actually do it. So the course will last about three weeks and the the idea is that you would do about two hours per week.

So this is great if you have another job, that you’re doing full-time, because really committing two hours per week for a course is doable with a full-time job as long. So this one is really nice. You have these nice articles as well, so they go through what topics you’re going to actually cover by the week so week. One is why is user experience important so you’re learning the foundation and actually looking at what good usability really is week, two you’re going through user experience, basics, so the importance of user research super important user journeys, visual design, structuring your site, wireframes and interactive prototypes.

So in a lot of ways, they’re taught they are going to be focusing on web design. For this, but also super I mean when it comes to user research journeys and visual design, it will be very similar and then week three is tools and testing. So you’re going to talk about user testing, interaction, design and the importance of analyzing data, so actually a pretty robust course for just three weeks and is full free.

So right, how can you not love it? They also have other courses as well that you can check out tons and tons. You can look them all up here. Short courses, they’ve got in-depth programs and they have online degrees. So you can definitely start here and then take it from there. Okay, the next one that I really like. Actually there I have a couple of these kind of similar ones. Coming up, this one is called hack design and it is a design course, but actually really great for people who are maybe a little bit lazier like myself.

So this is actually you sign up with your email address and you get on a weekly basis. You get delivered the course, so it actually kind of eases you in to the the actual content and basically it’s you have all of these instructors as well. So these are people who are actually working in the industry, which is so important. I absolutely hate it when you’re learning from someone who used to work in design you know years ago, and they aren’t actually, they have no idea what’s going on in the current landscape.

So super important and a variety of opinions and an instructor’s which is also important to get out of your you UX design education. So you sign up with your email address. You get curated lessons every week and you’re learning at your own pace. You can, you know, have your other job and your life, which is important, so hack, design, highly recommend checking that one out, okay, the next one, is from envision.

It’s called principles of UX design and this is another one where actually you’ll sign up with your email address, and you will get one email chapter per week on the guiding principles of good UX design. Doesn’t that sound, lovely, so you’ll receive the following chapters? There’s nine chapters here: what is you user experience UX as a practice and the roles that make it up project planning and process? So this is really good.

Actually, if you are good planning on going into a company to work, so you’ll actually get a good idea of what it’s like working on a product team which you know before you actually go into your first job. There’s really not a lot of ways of finding all that out: what’s user research, what are the persona, what are personas and why they’re important information architecture, visual design, presenting and participating in UX reviews and then beyond UX, which who knows what that is right? I have no idea I like that they keep it in big ewis.

It’s really good. Okay, let’s move on to kind of one that you might actually already know about. It’s called lynda.Com, so this is from LinkedIn. You might already know it now. Actually, the Lynda courses are not for free, however, you can get a free, so it’s like you know you can have a free month trial. So why not make the most of it right sign up for a free month, trial and then just like enroll yourself and tons of courses? Maybe just do one or two just would make you actually make sure you actually do it.

But there’s really like look at this practical UX weekly. You have UX design for developers, that’s great sketch for UX design. This is really cool. Actually, so you can actually learn these hands-on tools. Let’s see what an experienced designer or someone who’s just getting into UX or product design sketch is an amazing tool. It has all the features you need to design for digital devices and screens, and it’s easy to use.

No matter your level of experience. Doesn’t she sound excited to teach you? I actually think this is really great, though, because not often do you get these like free courses that are about a tool, and you don’t have to flood through, like all of the YouTube blogs, to try to find someone who’s? Actually explaining it well, so that’s really nice and there’s tons of them. I mean. Let me just go back.

My computer’s failing me today, so become a UX re, become an easier experience, designer UF’s research Photoshop for UX design, figma for like its endless on Lynda. Actually, this is really really great, so if you can just try it for a month, see how you like it and then maybe you can even sign up for for a little while longer just to kind of improve your skills. I have so many nice courses and tools here, so the next one is very, very cool.

This is all about material design and now. Material design is, of course, Google’s design, guidelines and they’ve released this. To give you a really nice overview and deep dive on material design, how it should look, how it should feel you’re going to talk. Colors typography shapes interaction, it’s really a nice nice resource, so it also looks really nice. Thank you, google. So the next one I’m going to show you is Envato now Envato is a market place for a lot of different things.

You can find graphics, you can find themes you can find like basically anything for kind of media and design. So thanks so have a lot of really nice bite-sized courses, so you can actually look up in this category. You can click. I want you X courses. I’ve had already clicked a lot, but here is all of the UX kind of based courses, and, what’s really nice is they’re like 43 minutes long, you know 37 minutes long and they’re about all kinds of things so like this.

So why the secret of good UX design is saving users time everything you need to learn about. Customer journey mapping, um, there’s even one from our friend Dan ski about Adobe XD, Daniel white. It has a really nice YouTube blog check it out. We’ll put the link. Is below if you want to learn anything about like Photoshop, he is just a really nice visual designer so and vados. Definitely one to check out if you want just like little bite-sized pieces of content or little courses.

If you don’t want something, as like, vague and robust as what we looked at before so now, I’m actually going to show you something that is quite cool. This is just on medium. The UX collective is is basically a publication on medium, but this guy – I love this, so he calls it his ultimate Start Guide for beginner UX UI designers in 2019. He’s been collecting all of these things that have helped him in his career over the past 5 years and has put them all here for you, so this resource is going to be really great for someone who’s a true newbie write to the industry.

He talks about how to you know, get in touch with your community, how to like the actual basics, behind design and and some nice tools that he’s used throughout his career. So really it’s a nice easy and it’s just full of links. I love it when people just pump their articles full of links and that’s the reason why I actually showed this because I didn’t want to show just articles, but he shows so many nice nice articles.

He even talks about like design companies that he’s following, and you know their blogs and you can find all those here. So Bravo, sir, let’s see Johnny vino well done, sir. I really enjoyed this and I think that you guys will find it really helpful as well. Ok, the last two are actually just magazines that I think are really really great to stay in touch with design principles and to learn a little bit more about the industry in general.

The business behind design Smashing Magazine is really great, so I mean every day. Basically, there’s new articles about UX about product, about strategy, I mean these are things that even if you’re a dinner in this world, you need to know about the business behind the product and like what the strategy is behind the business in order to really contribute. In a real way, so I think that it’s really important to read, I mean yeah.

These are really great. Some are a little bit more intricate than others like design and lead gen landing page for mobile. That converts that’s a little bit like you know, pretty! That’s pretty detailed. We also have things about like UX privacy even have like sketch versus figma, Adobe, XD and other UI applications. So you can really get a good idea of what people are kind of thinking. What they’re saying what they’re talking about right now in the industry and that’s the same same goes with this mueslix magazine, which is also on medium measly, is really really great.

It publishes all kinds of articles for all kinds of different people, but all around you X, design – and you know, product design, so you’re going to have things from like things about typeface Helvetica. You know you could also have things about more kind of like strategy. Deep-Diving yeah like what I learned from trying to redesign the online craft market experience. This has really detailed stuff, but learning these kinds of things are going to be able to help you to talk about UX, more fluently and be able to actually like pull from different things that you’ve read and learned.

So I think it’s really important to always stay updated, so things from you know just simple design stuff to more like talking about. Let’s see here like a cake, like really nice case studies, Beasley is actually really great about it. Oh look. This is Johnny vino again he’s popping up again but yeah. He has some really nice case studies and everybody loves the case study that gives you a really nice look through the process of design from initial concept to actually delivering to the App Store, for instance.

So that is a whole bunch of free resources that you can use everything from actual, like thought-out, specific courses to little bite-sized pieces of content. If you just have a few minutes – and you want to learn something really fast. All of these things, though, that I’ve shown you are going to help you get a really nice overview of what UX is what design actually means. It’s going to show you some of the tools that are sort of standard in the industry, and then it’s also going to be able to show you.

You know some best practices behind how you know the industry is currently working, and that is a really really great start if you’re interested in learning a little bit more about UX design. Thank you guys so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you did like it, I would love if you hit the little like button and if you haven’t subscribed already, you definitely should we have tons and tons of articles on our blog, as well as new articles coming out weekly about UX design, product design, product strategy, The business behind design, it’s really we’re working really hard to make some nice content for you guys they subscribe.

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It’s called the product Breakfast Club, it’s featuring Jake map, the author of sprint and Jonathan Courtney, our CEO, and they are talking all things products I’m so definitely tune into that one. Thanks again so much for reading. You guys we’ll see you in the next article have a great great day, alright guys, what’s up I’m Brittany from AJ and smart, it’s what’s up a little bit. Did you like it yeah, I don’t know.

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