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Jan 07, 2021   |   by Deepak verma

How to Become a Successful UI/UX Designer?

So you want to become a successful UI/UX designer?


Being a successful UI/UX designer is not an easy task as it requires a lot of patience, determination, and hard work. But if you enjoy doing it then it would become a stress-free task for you. Among all the professions, UI/UX design is one of the highest-paid and demanding job profiles as well.

There are various questions I’m getting from a lot of people:

  • Where to start?
  • What I need to know before entering into it?
  • What are the basic things I should know?
  • What are the different UI/UX processes?
  • What are the different tools in need to learn?

So finally I decided to write a blog that will figure out all the questions and after reading this blog it would be easy to become a successful UI/UX designer.

Before going into it, we should understand the role of a UI/UX designer.

So what does a UI/ UX designer actually do?


How to Become a successful UI/UX Designer

UX refers to user experience. UX designers actually built the relation between users and the product or services. Like you are looking at the Adidas shoes in the shopping mall then you may easily pick your shoe among all the different brand categories. In the same way, UX designer does. The main role of a UX designer is researching, competitor analysis, user persona, wireframe design, testing and iteration, and interacting prototype.

UI refers to the user interface. Its work is close to UX designer. They make the UX’s vision a reality and design all the interfaces that exist within the software. They interact with all the elements and then design individual screens that include these elements on the screen like in form of buttons. Their design should be responsive and user-friendliness and should have good commands over tools like photoshop, illustrator, and Figma, etc.

Tips and ideas to become a successful UI/UX Designer:

01: Master the basics of web designing:

Before entering into the UI/UX design you should master the basics of visual and web designing because all the skills and principles are going to implement during the UI/UX designing process.

  • Some of the basic and design principles that everyone should familiar with this are mentioned below: Color
  • Size/Shapes
  • Grid
  • Wireframing
  • Typography
  • Responsive Design
    How to Become a successful UI/UX Designer

02: Learn UX design process:

Understanding the UX designing process is the most important aspect of becoming a UI/UX designer. There might be some different processes followed by UX designer, some of the similar processes are given below:

  • User research
  • Competitive analysis
  • User persona
  • Design documentation
  • Wireframe design
  • Interactive prototype
  • User testing

03: Sharpen design skill:

It is a valuable asset and plays a crucial step for a UI/UX designer. You should know how to design UI for different devices like mobile, laptop, and tablet, etc. Some of the ideas and tips are given below:

  • Get familiar with UI/UX design patterns
  • Study top designer: Before implementing anything by self, it’s better to learn from a more experienced UI/UX designer.
  • Pay close attention to layout, navigation, icons, typography, and background.
  • Visit top designers like Dribble, Behance, Flicker, etc. to gain ideas and techniques like color combinations, white spacing, and much more.

04: Know UI/UX related tools:

There weren’t many design tools available a few years ago. Adobe Photoshop was merely considered as a primary UI/UX tool but now numbers of top design tools are available in the market. You can pick anyone or two of them and then start learning them. 

Some of the top UI/UX design tools are mentioned below:

  • Sketch
  • Illustrator
  • Adobe XD
  • Figma
  • Envision Studio
  • Framer
    How to Become a successful UI/UX Designer

05: Follow the best YouTube channels and books:

Follow and learn everything from the top videos and books that will encourage and help you to become a good UI/UX designer. Some of the best YouTube channels are given below:

  • The Futur
  • Mike Locke
  • Flux
  • UX Mastery
  • Dansky

Top UI/UX design books are mentioned below. These books are good for both beginners and advance.

  • Universal Principles of Design
  • Don’t Make Me Think
  • Design of Everyday Things

06: Work on dummy projects:

In order to get ideas about making a portfolio then working on the dummy project would be the best choice. It’s a great practice that will give you learn all the things related to UI/UX and the happiest thing is that you are free to play with different design techniques like layout, color, grid, typography, etc. So enjoy your learning process and become a good UI/UX designer.
How to Become a successful UI/UX Designer

07: Create your online Portfolio:

If you are looking you a career in UI/UX designing then a portfolio plays an indispensable role in this because recruiters look at your portfolio first. After looking at your portfolio, recruiters will decide whether you are selected or not, so make sure you should create a perfect portfolio. You can submit your design work on different online platforms and you can get valuable feedback from others.

Top designing submission sites are given below:

  • Behance
  • Dribble
  • UI Movement
  • Muzil
  • Instagram

Conclusion:

From the above discussion, we conclude that there are various skills and tools are required to get the title of good UI/UX designer. Passionate, empathic, humble, interests are the traits of a great designer. There is no shortcut way exist to become a successful designer quickly. The only ways are dedication, hard work, and practice. So, you have to show consistent dedication every single day and do practice as much as you can regularly. I hope you’ve learned so many things from this blog and might found it useful.

Wish you all the best in this profession!