How to Become a UX Designer – Infographic

Who hasn’t used an interactive website, app or other computerized tracking system and ended up totally frustrated? Ah, but then there are those magical moments when you find using a system not only effortless but enjoyable. You might have a user experience designer to thank for that.

User experience design (UXD) is a career buzzword these days—you may have even heard about it in the news. It’s a career where workers are required to have tech knowledge along with a deep understanding of what makes people tick.

Sure, UX designers should know how to use high-tech design tools and have the ability to take an idea from white-board concept to product, but “soft skills” such as empathy are also important in this profession.

While designing items for human use is hardly a new idea, the increased use of personalized technology, has brought user experience design to the forefront. Don Norman coined the phrase “user experience design” while he was vice president of the advanced technology group at Apple in the mid 1990s. Because this career places a progressive emphasis in system design and development, people come to this career in a variety of modes. One thing seems clear, however: Those interested in pursuing this career should have a solid mix of education, experience and skills.

Learn more about launching a career in user experience design from the infographic below.

How to Become a UX Designer


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  1. This is more like a description of a UX Technician or an Interaction Designer rather than a UX Professional and is but a small part of what a Great UX designer can and does do. The problem with this type of narrow framing is that it sets the expectation and bar very low and only looks at the ‘User Experience’ as if it begins and ends with the “technology/interaction”. Real User Experience Designers (those that are UX Designers in more than title) are holistic thinkers and consider the entire system and user experience from pre-introduction of the clients awareness, service design, strategic design, branding, legacy impact and experience, business models, company cultures, product design, etc. – There is as much (or more) strategic design, project management, philosophy, psychology, business and systemic design in designing for the user experience as a holistic User Experience Designer as there interface design.

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