7 TOP SKILLS FOR UX DESIGNER 📱
Courtesy of @ux.patricia
I get asked a lot about what kind of skills are important for UX designers. Here is my personal opinion. Feel free to share your thoughts about it as well:
1️⃣ USER EMPATHY
Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes means understanding their problems. When you understand someone’s problems better, you’re more equipped when it comes to finding a solution to their problem.
2️⃣ INTERACTION DESIGN
It’s one thing to create an aesthetically pleasing design but it’s another thing to understand how users will interact with that design. There’s a lot of crossover between UX and interaction design.
3️⃣ WIREFRAMING AND UI PROTOTYPING
If you want to convince people of your UX acumen, you need to get used to wireframing and prototyping.
TOOLS: Adobe xd, Figma, sketch, etc.
4️⃣ COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Knowing how to present and speak confidently to audiences can really help you avoid communication pitfalls and make a positive impact. Being articulate and descriptive doesn’t come naturally to many of us, but luckily is a skill that you can build on overtime.
5️⃣ UX RESEARCH
You need to step up your skills in UX research if you want to be taken seriously as a UX designer.
Resources/ Books: About face, Alan Cooper, UX Research, OReilley
Most UX designers are multidisciplinary, and in a world that’s starving for tech designers maybe design-developers are the answer to this need.
7️⃣ VISUAL COMMUNICATION
Brushing up your UI design skills will help you when you need to create interactive prototypes and mockups that will have a real impact on users.
LEARN: Google Material design (google)
Human interface guidelines (apple).
Bonus — tools that may be useful in your designer way:
Leadpages — lets you build beautiful, high-converting websites, unlimited landing pages, pop-up forms you can add to your other websites.
Crello — the simplest online image editor. A simple but powerful tool to create awesome designs for any social media format — posts, covers, graphics, and posters using the best software on the web. It’s easy! A lot of animated designs.
Designmodo — a timesaving tool that helps create websites and email builders designed for developers, designers, marketers, and non-tech users.
Webflow — all-in-one web design tool that allows users to design, build, and launch responsive websites visually.
Flowkit — allows designers to create frighteningly fast user flows within Sketch and Figma.
LPgenerator — professional landing page platform for your business to generate new leads and increase sales.