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How do get started in UX/UI Design?

I am interested about UX/UI design, but can’t seem to some good resources to kickstart my learning journey in this field. I am specifically interested in the designing aspect of UX/UI design.

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Nazanin’s Answer

Hi Phuong,

I recommend starting by learning what UX and UI design are, including their differences and similarities.

Try to grasp the UX design mindset. Why does it matter? What are the benefits of UX for business? How can I align user insights with business goals? Explore the answers to these questions.

To develop UX, you need two important skills: problem-solving and empathy. There are many methods in UX design, but the key is to solve the problem, regardless of the process you use. You can take courses and read blogs from Nielsen Norman Group.

For UI design, learn color theory, layout, and typography. Figma is an excellent tool for UI design, and you can find extensive tutorials on YouTube to master it.

Furthermore, the Network is important in the design community. Engage with fellow designers through online forums, attend local meetups, and connect with professionals on platforms like LinkedIn. Networking will expand your knowledge and open doors to potential job opportunities and collaborations.

and Keep learning and practicing regularly. improvement comes with practice.
Wishing you the best of luck on your journey! ✌ ✌
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Kristin’s Answer

Hi Phuong,

My advice is this: after you have learned some of the basics from any UX courses you find, start working on examples of real projects. Nothing will teach you more about UX than doing the work. Take your time, start from the beginning of the UX process with research/discovery work, and finish all the way through to the end. Even take time to reflect on the project and note what areas of the work you most enjoyed, and then as you build your career you can choose a "niche" to become an expert in.

Working through projects will help you identify what areas you need to learn more about that some courses may skip over (white space, responsive web design, scalable design, information hierarchy, etc).

Some examples of projects you could design for are:
Blog or online journal
An online restaurant menu
A chatbot
An app layout for a smart television
The landing page of the website
A product card for an e-commerce website (you could even do the whole product page)
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice! Phuong
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Elliot’s Answer

Have you done any basic WEB DESIGN? Why not start there and learn the basics? Do you know HTML and CSS? Good starting points!
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice! Yes, I do know some web design. Do you have any recommendations on some good web design courses that I should look into? Phuong
Thank you comment icon LinkedIn Learning has a lot of good ones. Coursera, Khan Academy. Udemy. Edx. etc. Elliot Jordan
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Nivedita’s Answer

Hi Phuong,

Great to know about your interest! I have also explored and learnt UX design using various resources. I'll share some of them below for you to start learning.

1] https://start.uxdesign.cc/
2] You have multiple courses related to UX design on "Futurelearn" (some of them are free)
3] You could learn Figma, Adobe XD tools via Udemy courses
4] A free bootcamp for a duration of 12-24 weeks: https://www.uxuiopen.com
5] Coursera - UX design professional certificate (paid)

You can also read some design related books like "The Design of Everyday Things" by Don Norman
I'll share the links below.

Hope this helps:) You can continue exploring many courses once you start learning..

Regards,
Nivedita

Nivedita recommends the following next steps:

https://www.uxuiopen.com/
https://in.coursera.org/professional-certificates/google-ux-design
https://www.futurelearn.com/search?q=ux+design
https://start.uxdesign.cc/
https://collej.com/free-ux-resources
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the resources! I'll look into them. Phuong
Thank you comment icon You're welcome:) Nivedita Balaji
Thank you comment icon Wow thank you this is really helpful Anastasiia
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Meghan’s Answer

I would highly recommend looking into a UX/UI design bootcamp. Sometimes they can be condensed into just 2 weeks, but it's a great way to learn a lot and in a very quick amount of time. I took a UX bootcamp through iXperience, it was online, 2 weeks long, and gave me a great foundation to kickstart my interests. While taking courses, we also were paired with a non-profit, which allowed us to have real life internship experience to also include in our resumes. There are many other bootcamps that you can look into as well!
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Vamshee’s Answer

I came to know about UE/UX design and undergrad degree at ASU last year as my son is interested in UE/UX Design and chose Graphics Information Technology in undergrad at ASU .

Please find the link for program and details below. I am sure universities in CA or others might offer similar program with same or different name.

https://asuonline.asu.edu/online-degree-programs/undergraduate/bachelor-science-graphic-information-technology-concentration/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=BR_UG_Graphic-Information-Technology_Non&utm_campaign=22-Nat_Acq-Hi_BR_Vertical_Engineering_Non_CA&utm_ecd22=22&utm_term=asu%20graphic%20information%20technology&gclid=CjwKCAjwiOCgBhAgEiwAjv5whBV_mlDD8OtzMRuphl3vB-IgCMteX9cp0iKkdIqiRF3qh74ebv5ytxoCLT4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

You can talk to your school counselor and also reach out to couple of universities in your area to find out their offerings.

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Hope this helps and wish you all good Luck.
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Christopher’s Answer

Both the Academy of Art University and California College of the Arts in San Francisco used to have programs in this subject area. They still might. It might be worth looking into.

Also, a lot of what you do has to do with where you are. I would think the Bay Area or Los Angeles in California or maybe Miami or New York on the east coast may be the places to be to do this type of work. That may be different now in a post pandemic world but location used to really matter and maybe still does.

Christopher recommends the following next steps:

Find schools with UX programs
Find where these jobs are
Find a way to get there
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your advice! Phuong
Thank you comment icon You bet! Good luck! I would also add to look at job boards and find what people are looking for in candidates for this kind of work. That may help as well. Christopher Jones
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Drew’s Answer

For many careers, low code / no code solutions are making technical jobs accessible to more people. What aspect of UX/UI piques your interest? Is your passion more on the creative design side of things or more related to outcomes that can be achieved? There is incredible work happening in the fields of psychology, human factors/brain interface, and artificial intelligence that directly impact the direction of UX/UI as a discipline. Most technical solutions have a lifespan of seven years; there can be quantum leaps between cycles. Who are the leading companies for UX/UI that you admire? What technical solutions that you touch do you love? Why do you love them and what would make them better? Your imagination drives the future interfaces and experiences.
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