The goal of design is to solve problems. It is a continuous process of identifying problems and devising solutions to them.
There are numerous design disciplines: UI, UX, product designers, graphic designers, interaction designers, information architects, and so on. Begin by determining which specialty interests you the most.
For the time being, let’s concentrate on the most common type: UI/UX designer, who combines interface and experience.
So, how do you go about becoming a UI designer? What do you need to know, and where do you start? And, perhaps most importantly, is it a good time to start a career as a UI designer?
The following are some resources to help you on your path to becoming a UX/UI Designer.
Prior to becoming a web designer, I completely ignored the structure and content of websites and mobile applications, as well as the colors and fonts used. If you want to be an interface designer, start paying attention to everything and asking yourself why they put the logo here and not there. And why is a certain button at the end rather than the beginning? Discover what the site typically consists of? (I’m referring to simple things like the header, body, and footer.) By asking yourself questions and answering them, scrolling through the options in your head, you will begin not only using but also evaluating the website from a professional standpoint.
I am frequently asked how I can begin working as a web designer if I lack work experience and a degree. Begin by simply repeating and copying other people’s work, such as websites you like. Simply sit down, select a site, and copy the entire website. No, I do not recommend using someone else’s work in your portfolio! I give you this advice so you can gain some experience and, at the very least, begin the process! Consider it a learning experience. In art school, I took an art history class where we studied different art directions and artists and even had classes on copying paintings and styles because you won’t find your own unless you try someone else’s.
Begin networking with designers whose work you admire or people at companies where you’d like to work. Find their email address and send a friendly message inquiring about their work and inviting them to meet up for coffee or an informational chat. Not everyone will respond, but I guarantee that many of them will be delighted to chat with you and share their knowledge!
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