The first thing to understand about UX is that it is not simply an exercise in creating a prototype. Many people approach UX entirely focused on prototype creation, but creating a prototype is only a narrow subset of what the discipline of UX has to offer. In this article, I’ll be covering the three cornerstones of becoming and being a UX professional: learning UX, practicing UX design, and cultivating your own UX connection.
Part I. Tips on Learning UX
1. A list of classic books and resources for beginners: Read my list of UX resources for beginners
2. The latest books for designers: Great books for designers to read in 2018
3. Listen to useful podcasts: my blog post about my favorite UX podcasts
4. A list of UX Design Blogs And Resources You Should Follow, some collections such as UX — UI Readings on Medium, and Inspiration and helpful links for User Experience Designers
5. Great tools for reference: Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, and some other prototyping tools such as Axure,Justinmind, Mockplus etc. What kind of tool to use is depends. BY the way, you can learn how to use the tools through these 3 websites: Design tuts, Lynda, and Skillshare.
Part II. Tips on Practicing UX Design
It’s absurd to think UX is equal to create prototypes. You have to be clear about what is UX design and do practice to improve. Anyway, practice makes perfect.
Process and key points of UX design:
1. Analyze the Hot APP & Web
1). Who are the target customers, and their characteristics.
2). What are the core functions, and prioritize functionalities by usage scenarios.
3). Analyze the interactive mode of every usage scenario, and make a judgment that whether it is reasonable and convenient for users to meet their needs.
4.) Analyze the merit and demerit of the target product and it’s competitive products. Then, you know how to make improvements.
2. Imitation Is a Good Method to Practice
There are lots of great resource for beginners to imitate on Dribble and Behance, but you have to be aware of the distinguish between imitation and copy. Remarkably, in the process of imitation, you should keep in mind to acquaint and absorb the merits of the great interactive modes. Above all, be a creative designer.
3. Try to Create a Product By Yourself
After a series of preparations, you can try to create an app by yourself completely, from the very beginning of market research, customers partition, and usage scenarios. A portfolio is suggested by the experienced designers, that will be quite helpful when you apply for a new job. No matter where you post your work, on Dribble or Behance, that’s quite beneficial.
Part III. Cultivate Your UX Connections
To be a professional UX designer, undoubtedly, it’s essential to expand your own UX connections. In the informational era, that’s quite easy to archive through the internet.
1. A bound of professional groups and websites are available on the social network, you can join to interact with the senior designers. They are active to share resources and communicate with others on Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
2. Follow some senior designers on Dribble and Behance, and try to keep in touch with them. Meanwhile, keep your own blogs updating, then people could see your enthusiasm on design.
3. Join the meetup groups and seminars to meet experts.
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