10 skills that make a UX designer world class
The role of UX Designer is a varied one. These are skilled creators that come up with solutions to problems many of us never even consider. From prototyping to building the wireframes of a website, to interviewing users about the ways in which they use a product, UX designers do it all. And this is what makes it fun.
Here are 10 skills that typify great UX designers:
- 1. UX designers understand the business value of design
As companies recognize the relationship between user experiences and business growth, companies also see the need for someone who understands business and customer needs.
- 2. UX designers have a keen interest in human behavior
They love reading about how AI, AR or VR will transform customer interactions with brands, and how consumer expectations are evolving in a digital-first world.
- 3. UX designers are confident ambassadors for the user
They have an internal drive to shape beautifully crafted experiences for users across platforms, based on user insights and business requirements, and share insights within the company
- 4. UX designers have strong analytical skills
Product development and marketing increasing use data science as part of the process, so UX designers need to be able establish relevant KPIs and to extract useful information.
- 5. UX designers possess a great eye for visual design and layout
They mix visual aesthetic with an ability to understand how to make complex products feel simple to use.
- 6. UX designers have a prototyping mindset
Pen and paper can be a good starting point to get your ideas out quickly, but when you want to take things to the next level, they use prototyping tools.
- 7. UX designers are naturally curious
They love to organize and conduct interviews with real consumers, make observations, use ethnographic tools, carry out contextual inquiry and other qualitative methodologies.
- 8. UX designers have a passion for sustainability and inclusion
As new technologies and customer behaviors require new ways of designing products and services, UX designers can lead the path towards less climate impact and exclusion.
- 9. UX designers learn the hard skills, like programing languages
The lines are blurring between designer and developer, so as well as working with iOS and Android, they will also learn programming languages.
- 10. UX designers use soft skills, like communication and collaboration
What employers want are people with skills in “written communication, oral communication, team-building, and leadership,” says the CEO of LinkedIn.
It’s no secret that this a role that’s in serious demand today, and that is certain to continue as digital-first services prevail and the need to create personalised user journeys is vital for companies to survive.
“UX is broad,” says Interaction Designer and Hyper Island alumni Jinjae Lee. “The field is changing so much, but humans are not changing that much – so the human need will be very much the same. At the same time, it’s hard to hire, which is proof that there is a big need for UX designers. There’s not that much Swedish talent and the industry really needs to hire. Big industry needs it: companies like Scania, Husqvarna, Sandvik. It doesn’t only need to be digital and it can be UX for hardware as well.”
The UX Designer program from Hyper Island is designed to give you insights into how to use different distribution channels creatively and efficiently, lead content planning, as well as applying methods and processes based on design thinking and user-centered design. Does this sound like you?