10 skills that make a UX designer world class

August 2019 sees the start of the first-ever full-time UX Designer program from Hyper Island. Students will learn how to develop many of the hard and soft skills they’ll need to make it in the fast-paced world of service and product design. Here are 10 skills that typify great UX designers.

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? 

Learn more about the UX Designer program