This article will be perfect for anybody who's thinking about getting into UX design, maybe you're making a career change maybe you're coming straight out of high school and you're trying to figure out what direction to take.
I'm gonna take you through four simple steps that you can take to get started in this industry.
Let's dive into the very first step in getting started in UX design. The first thing that I would say I would recommend to everybody is to first do your research, so this means actually taking a scan looking around at the people who are really vocal and loud about UX design online.
I'm gonna give you a few accounts on YouTube, that you can check out just to get a sort of a vibe of the general vibe of the industry, what people are talking about, what people are working on that kind of thing.
The first one that we would definitely recommend is The Future. So The Future is a really great channel on YouTube, they just hit 900,000 subscribers. They're so fantastic because they put out tons and tons and tons of videos but also they're talking about like the business behind the design, and they're talking about design on a more kind of like broad-spectrum, which is super nice when you're first getting into it because, it's nice to kind of learn where you can go with it, and what you can actually do in design.
The next one we would recommend is High Resolution, this channel is really good. These are mostly videos about industry experts talking about the intricate parts of the UX industry. There are in-depth interviews, with experts from AirBnB, IDEO, Spotify and etc.
In the research phase, it is a really great tactic to look at observe people from the industry. Figure what they're doing and what they're talking about. You can then decide whether or not you find that interesting and exciting.
The next one that I would check out is called awwwards. What's cool this is a conference actually that goes around the world, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, and Paris. Their videos are kinds that are like inspirational talks which I think is really exciting especially when you're new to the industry
There are so many different YouTube channels really good ones but these big ones have a lot of information.
Step 2: Learn the theory on design
Step two is to learn the theory behind the design. A lot of people are interested in design because the like the way things look and they like to make things look nice. There is a feeling that initially triggered you into thinking “maybe I want to get into the design”.
However, before you can actually design stuff, you need to know the fundamentals of design. You need to know what goes behind the design why you like it or why someone else likes it.
There are a couple of resources online that might be interesting for you to check out. The first one is UXbeginner.com, this is a really great page there are tons of resources, some are paid and some are free but has actually has this really cool Q&A that I think is really helpful especially if you're transitioning into UX and get you to know just getting started.
The next one that I recommend is CareerFoundry course it's called UX design for beginners, and it is super simple it is free, and it's a really nice kind of tutorial. It has six videos that you go through, and in the end, you even have a nice little test that you can take. So all of these are really easy to access you can go in, you can get the information you can, learn a little bit and just get a little bit more behind the actual theory of what actual design is.
Step 3: Learn the tools
Step three is to learn some of the tools. These are the technical tools you will use in creating prototypes. I know that it can be very overwhelming especially when you dive deep into the design tools range online. There are so many tools out there but it's good to know a few of them. Take a few of the most popular ones and just dabble in them, learn a little bit about them get your feet wet. Make sure that you're able to do kind of very simple tasks on them.
For example, if you want to some visual designs, you can use Sketch. If you don’t know sketch, you can just search on Youtube, “sketch tutorial for beginners”. When I did the search, I found Jesse Showalter’s youtube channel. His channel is perfect for beginners. Go visit!
Step 4: Join in the UX design community
Step four is to join in the UX design community. This is a super important one maybe, I would argue the most important one. If you want to really get involved in the UX community that's how you're going to learn the fastest that's how you're gonna meet people who are working in a design you can learn from them you can ask them questions.
One of the best platforms to do this is on Instagram. There are some other people you should also follow, so on Instagram, it's what's really nice is there is that kind of community feel so you can actually follow people you can DM them you can comment on their work you can ask questions about it and people are super open to having conversations, and the more conversations that you're having the faster you're going to learn.
One of the accounts that you should definitely follow is called morejanda. This is Michael Janda, and he is a designer speaker and author. There are lots of videos where he takes yu behind the scenes, you can witness first hand the design and business strategy.
uxgoodies is a great one to follow. She's basically always walking you through super nice tangible tips on UX design.
There is also anfisign her accounts really great as well. She lives in Prague and documents her journey in UX. Her stories are always really good so definitely someone to check out.
The next one is called uxbites this guy's really great his name iss Gabriel. He's posting six times a week and his stuff is super in-depth, and usable which is really great.
So that is step four, I would really highly recommend getting involved in the community.
Good luck and wishing you well in your UX design journey!