You can not simply drag a canvas onto your computer and start designing applications if you want to create a mobile application that functions well. Designing an app is an iterative process that requires a blend of strategy, business insight, and UX work. You have to identify what you want to accomplish and design with the end user in mind.
If you are serious about becoming a UX designer, then you are at the right place. This guide will break down the four steps that you can use to get started on your design career.
1. Learn UX design basics
In order to become a UX designer, you have to be familiar with the terms and principles of design. In this step, you will need to learn the basics of UX design. In terms of design, UX stands for user experience. It is essentially an advanced form of user research. In short, it is a process of designing an application with the end user in mind. So, before you can start designing your next app, you need to know what UX all is about. You should also know about the best practices in user interface design. Both of these will help you on the journey to becoming a designer.
2. Get the right design tools
Everything is easier whit the right tools. Some good examples are Adobe Photoshop, InVision, and Balsamiq. With Adobe Photoshop you will be able to design the look and feel of the app and many basic features like typography, animations, shapes, page transitions, and more. InVision is a mobile UI/UX design tool that allows you to get the app design without coding. In Balsamiq, you will learn how to design a prototype and design wireframes. These tools will help you with design work. You should also familiarize yourself with Sketch, HTML, and CSS so that they can progress further.
3. Work on your own projects to develop your UX design skills
This is an area where you will need to improve day by day. If you are serious about becoming a UX designer, then you have to put a lot of effort into your personal projects. You will have to learn a lot from watching other people’s videos and reading others’ articles. Working on your own projects will allow you to build your portfolio. As a UX designer, you should have a portfolio that stands out from the rest of the designers in your industry.
4. Develop a portfolio
In this guide, we will not discuss how to create a business plan, monetize your ideas, build a brand or land a job. You can do all of this later. What you need to understand first is that you have to put in the hard work and develop an awesome portfolio. If you do not have a portfolio, then you cannot pitch yourself to potential employers. So, if you are serious about design and want to start working on your skills, you have to follow these steps.
I hope you find this guide useful and can implement it in your own process. If you want to become a successful UX designer, you will have to take on multiple roles throughout your career. Because of that, you need to become an expert in multiple fields in order to have a successful career. You also need to become a strong self-starter who is committed to becoming a designer. Achieving this goal will take a lot of hard work but we believe that you can do it.