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8 Must-Have Skills for a UX Designer

  • Disha Mehta
  • August 13, 2019

With the ever-evolving role of UX Designer, it has become more closely intertwined with business outcomes. So naturally, employers are placing more emphasis on skills that go beyond the screen – and beyond design.

As per the LinkedIn’s annual list of the most sought-after skills, employers in 2019 are looking for creativity, collaboration, and adaptability, coupled with hard skills in areas such as UX research, writing, and analytical reasoning.

Here are the eight most common UX design skills that can help your career growth and build your UX portfolio.

1.) UX Research

Knowing how to perform user research secures a great start to your project, to take it further you need to interpret the results successfully as well. Every decision needs to be meticulously planned, keeping the audience in mind. Aptitudes in user testing and analytical research are particularly helpful.
Like many things in the field of user experience, basic user research skills may take a month to learn, but a lifetime to master.

 

2.) User Empathy

Develop the skill to think about problems from other people’s point of view.

Cultivate a deeper understanding of users & their inclinations. The end goal is to create a product that truly engages & delight.

3.) Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping provides designers distinct advantages such as the ability to explore and realize concepts more quickly, faster and lower-cost prototypes. 
It is a great way to understand the key functionality of your design before being built by developers.

 

4.) Great Aesthetic Sense

It is essential to visualize real data and real information in a way that is functional and easy on the eye. You need to be proficient in design theory & understand the basic typographical rules, visual hierarchy and color theory, as well as the latest design trends and best practices. 

5.) UX Writing

Without content, your design is just art. The UX Copy plays a huge role in creating a good experience for the users. Poorly written copy on a CTA button, error message or header can destroy the entire experience. It might not have occurred to you but that’s because good UX writing should go unnoticed. Great examples include Apple, MailChimp, and Dropbox.

6.) Understanding Data

Data has an increasing say when it comes to product design. Analytics is the road to better understand the relationship between product and user. Applying analytical information to your design can help you iterate better designs, backed up by real numbers.

7.) Business Acumen

Enterprises these days recognize the relationship between user experience design and business growth, thus shaping the role of UX designers accordingly. It’s a critical skill: being able to tie design to a strategic initiative or business outcome can elevate them to core members of a team. 

8.) Ability to Co-create

Unless you know how to code, design, manage projects, understand product and marketing, you’re going to need to collaborate with others in the design process, especially if you want to be successful. A strong UX designer can communicate well with others on the project. He has the ability to precisely plan and execute, keeping every resource in mind.

You need to step up your skills if you want to be taken seriously as a UX designer.

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