Do you want to be a User Experience Designer? Here a 8 things that you might not have heard about the job. If you’re not nosey, very good at working with people or have a box-ticking mentality then can we advise you read no further? Just kidding!
You can never do enough research. This article from Rocky Roark highlights the amount of research required before a project even starts!
2. It’s not all about the user
UX isn’t ALL about the user, just as important in the UX design process is meeting the business goals of the product and aligning the business goals with the goals of the user. Phew!
3. Be nosey!
Yes, being curious and wanting to understand why people behave in a certain way is key to delivering a robust UX process.
4. Be sticky
Yes, the UX designer is the glue that holds all the stakeholders in a project together. Try to get everyone in the team (designers, web developers and the business) to think about the user at all times.
5. It doesn’t need to be complicated
6. UX is not a checkbox project
“User experience design isn’t a checkbox,” says Liz Danzico, an independent user experience consultant and chairperson of the new MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts. “You don’t do it and then move on. It needs to be integrated into everything you do.”
7. You have to be a salesperson
Companies and organisations still see UX as a ‘nice to have’. As Jared Spool points out, the most common flaw is that companies think “good experience design is an add-on, not a base requirement.”
8. 3 is NOT the magic number
We seem to have all adopted this myth that a user needs to get where they want to be within 3 clicks. Forget it. Read this article on the subject from cxpartners.
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