Hello, we are Felix-ITs, a leading UX training centre in Pune & Mumbai , India.
Like every year, we get too many students asking us similar questions from their minds and they are…
I have an interest in UI/UX, how can learn more easily?
I’m a programmer/marketing guy/social media expert and I want to learn more about UX field. How can I do it?
How do you determine the design is good or bad?
How can I be an expert UI/UX designer?
Do you know what’s more interesting? Most of them have their basics clear but don’t really know where to start and how to become a sustainable designer?
Now, what’s a sustainable designer?
A normal designer can design a beautiful website or an app. But a sustainable designer would do more than that. A sustainable designer would care about users as well as the environment at the same time. But our point is not to make you a sustainable designer at the initial phase. We want to let you know how you can start learning UX in easy steps considering you know the basics and have the willpower to learn and develop yourself in this field.
Where shall you start?
Once you get the job, we don’t want to see you sitting at your desk with Photoshop open but with a blank file and face. You don’t have to seated there with a system and irrelevant requirement. Although you know the basics, you need to learn how to quickly understand the problem and design a solution to them considering other things at the same time.
Yes, this happens in the corporate world where your manager gives you the brief and you need to design accordingly.
If you want to start your career as a freelancer, there will be just you, your system and your client. All the other things including getting a brief, evaluating the problem and designing the actual UX is to be done by you.
So, start like this…
Start finding problems. Be a user rather than just a designer. Once you put yourself in the shoes of the user, you will get to know what is going wrong or what you really need to see on the website or an app. Designers are of many types, there are UI-UX designers, graphic designers, product designers, information architects, interaction designers, and the list is too big to discuss. One thing remains the same in all, interface and experience.
Begin with what creates interest in you.
There are 3 basic not-so-hard steps to learn UX design:
- Basic knowledge of theory, tools and skills
- Practice Projects
- Actual Projects
Every step has its own place and you need to understand the value of each step which will help you approach UX design learning.
You need to learn about basics while learning any skill. We called it the ‘theoretical knowledge’ because it can be learnt from a book. You can easily get this knowledge without anyone to guide you. You can also get this knowledge from our website. Yes, Felix-ITs is now becoming a bigger source of UX learning. Start referring to our blog section.
Other than this, you have many free sources of knowledge in UX such as books, articles, podcasts, tutorials and videos.
You can also get the basics done in our weekend batches if that comforts you.
It is always recommended to get your basics straight before applying it into actual projects. Remember, bookish knowledge will just give you imaginations, practising it in the real projects. But certainly, it creates your base to learn the actual design. This is where the practising the actual project starts taking shape.
Practising the project means experimenting your book knowledge in a safe environment. These are all hypothetical projects and you need to focus on your skills while doing mistakes. Yes, mistakes are allowed here. Just, for instance, you read about prototyping and start creating it for an imaginary client with weird requirements. Yes, you can do it by yourself.
In this phase, you can discover many problems and issues regarding user experience in a website or an app. You can also develop your own skillset or a simple add-on which will help your users.
There will be no burden of deadlines when you will be working on the practice projects. There will be no manager interrupting your design when you get away with the concept and start designing something out of the box. But stay on the track until you find an actual answer to your own problems. You can also get a friend on board to assign you some design related issue which he finds difficult while using a particular website.
At Felix-ITs we provide a ton of projects to our beloved learners while they develop their own skillset to rule the UX world.
Working on actual projects
The real world is full of actual problems. There are deadlines, budget constraints, and there are only a handful of things that focus on UX challenges.
You will need to learn to survive through these problems. Your manager will not be available for you all the time or you will have to communicate with your clients to solve their problems. There will be paper-pencil sessions, there will be frequent changes etc. You will be working on a single project for days and you will get bored out of this. But, remember, this is just a phase, you will eventually learn to get used to this. Finger crossed.
If you become a freelancer, many times, there won’t be any free tools, you will be dependent on your own and there will client buzzing on your phone.
Sometimes, you will have to create your own content as the client doesn’t know how to do that or your team forgot to create a content plan.
The experience of working on actual projects is great, challenging, and surprising. There will be surprises every day, and maybe this is why the UX field is so exciting.
At Felix-ITs, we provide the experience of every step when it comes to equipping you with the UX skills. Keep reading our blogs and enrol for UX course today!