While coding is the skill that tends to dominate the conversation, one of the most rewarding and fastest growing ways to make your way into the professional tech world is through UX and UI design.
If these aren’t terms you’re already familiar with, you may want to reference our blog post explaining their meaning in more detail. But to put it simply, UX is all about what a product functionally does, and UI is how it should look.
Put these two skills together and you have the recipe for a professional skillset that is equal parts creative and technical, and will challenge you in a ways you may not have considered before.
Here are a few of our favorite things about being a UX/UI designer:
1. It’s creative
No one wants to do the same thing every single day of their professional lives. The best part of working in a creative field is that every day is different, with new challenges to solve and opportunities to put your personal touch on things.
When you’re a designer, no two projects are ever alike, and the design process is not linear. Whether you’re trying to come up with new ideas, talking to prospective users, doing research on your competition, or testing out the efficacy of your designs, there’s a ton of different things you might be doing on any given day.
When you’re a designer, you get to solve problems in new, unconventional ways.
2. It’s collaborative
Designers rarely work alone. In a professional environment, almost every project you do will be in teams. That’s because we’re stronger together than we are alone, and the work you do will be better and more complex by harnessing the abilities of a variety of individuals, rather than doing the work all by yourself.
What’s more, you’ll work with new people all the time. New teammates help keep the experience of doing the work fresh and exciting, without falling into a rut or familiar routine.
3. It’s diverse
We feel extremely fortunate that design is that within the tech world, designers are uniquely diverse. Because you’re building products for the spectrum of humans across the planet, those same perspectives are crucial in designing and creating those products.
Designers come from all nations, backgrounds, ages, genders, religions and orientations. We are unique in who we are and how we think, which means that every project has access to a broad set of opinions and perspectives.
Diversity is the kind of thing you might not necessarily think about on a daily basis, or appreciate how important it is if you’ve never worked in a professional environment that promoted it. But it’s definitely one of the most important and rewarding parts of this industry.
4. It’s just plain fun
This one is both harder to quantify, and potentially more subjective. But I’ll just come out and say it:
Being a designer is an absolute blast.
Whether you’re under the gun to finish up some last minute deliverables, prepping a presentation to meet with a client, or interviewing a potential user about their day, there’s an intense rush you get from doing design work that is both exhilarating and rewarding.
No matter how long you’ve been doing this, the feeling of watching someone interact with something you’ve built never gets old.
So Now What?
What happens now depends on whether this is the kind of thing that got your head nodding. Is a UX/UI design career a path you never knew existed and might want to be on?
If so, please click here to learn more about DESIGNATION. You’re also welcome to email me directly at email@example.com to discuss your professional background and whether a design career makes sense for you.