Produce Design - How To Get Started

In this article, you will know what are the steps on how to get started in Product Design. Product design, it encompasses UI design, UX design I'm talking about, even product management. I'm talking about sort of the whole industry of product design.

Step 1 - Get Educated

I'm not going to recommend a design university. I'm not saying that you should do it or shouldn't do it. I think that there are a lot of really great ways to learn about the industry. That doesn't involve spending a bunch of money and a bunch of time. So it's possible, and you can have an excellent career without having to upfront investment.

Tools for Product Design

1. Youtube

We follow some great product design people on this lovely platform we call YouTube. That's like teaching step by step what it means to be a product designer. They teach you all those kinds of things. A few of the YouTube channels that I would recommend would be thefutur, and they're a great channel. They have all sorts of videos from the business of product design.

thefutur Youtube Channel

Flux is excellent; he does daily vlogs about this life as a product designer, and he's doing a lot of freelance for a while, and now he's some getting playing with the idea of actually starting own his agency. 

Flux Youtube Channel

2. Online Courses

Some online courses cost money, but you can get many of the resources from them for free before you have to sign up for the time.

Udacity is a great tool. They have tons of systems all surrounding product design UX, UI. I think they even have product manager courses so that you can look into that as well.

Udacity Website

3.  Read Books

The other thing that I'm going to recommend is that it's going to seem obvious, but it's so important that there are so many books out there that will help you understand and learn product design very quickly. There are many books about the theory of product design, which you would get from the university.

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Step 2 - Learn A Product Design Tools

Now you've got an excellent basis if you've done step one to get educated. You have an exceptional basis. You have an ideal theory of what product design is how it works, and now you need to get your hands dirty and start learning some of the standard tools used in product design.

1. Learn Some Tools

There are so many tools out there. I know it can be overwhelming some of the standard tools that many companies are using right now. For screen design, it would be Sketch and Figma. These two basically can be used to design almost anything and are just really easy to use every intuitive tool.

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Suppose you're doing prototyping like interactive prototyping. In that case, you can use Marvel and Invision.

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Learning those four tools will kind of set you up. You'll be in an excellent place to get your first job or start doing some work.

2. Video Tutorials (Youtube Tutorials)

Hop on YouTube and look up some great tutorials on these tools, and that'll help you get going. I'm someone like Jesse Showalter. He has these great videos about all the tools that he's using right now. One video takes you through what he's using and why he's using it, and that's a great place to start.

Jesse Showalter Youtube Channel

Step 3 - Get some experience

Now that you know what product design is. You know how to use some of the tools. The next step is to get a little bit of knowledge. Ideally, of course, it would come in the form of an ongoing internship, but that doesn't always have to be your first step.

1. Meetup Events

I would highly recommend looking into some websites like Website

They have tons of meetups and groups for product designers and UX designers and startups, and you can start going to these events where you're going to meet people. Learn more like kind of intricate details about the industry and what's going on right now.

2. Hackathons

Some hackathons go on all over the world. There's one called Global Service Jam.

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It's run purely by volunteers. Where it's like tons of product designers all coming together of varying experience levels, and they're designing stuff together. It's a great experience, especially for someone more of a student level. There's tons of stuff happening like that where you can get out and get some experience without actually getting a job. Check those two things.

Step 4 - Find a hero

This one is key almost for any career, but I think it's excellent in product design. It's necessary or helpful to find somebody in this industry that you believe has a great job, or even a great career path, and kind of use as your guiding light.

1. Research their career
You want to have someone that you can look up to and say, you know what if at some point in my career I got the job I'd be super happy and what's helpful with that is once you have sort of that person in mind, you can so quickly backtrack and see how their career evolved and what they did to get there.

2. Set some Goals

It's so super helpful for us to set some goals to make sure that you're always moving forward.

We really look up to some product designers and follow their careers. Tobias van Schneider; he is from Spotify.

Tobias van Schneider

Ryan Singer from Basecamp.

Ryan Singer

It's cool to know who's kind of behind those tools and who's making those things work, and there that's a great way to find someone if you're curious about how it could all play out. 

Step 5 - Do some work

1. Any work

Any work at all, honestly anything will do. You can do work for free for almost nothing. You can invent some problems that you need to solve, but it's essential to have something you created and worked on.

2. Expand skillset & portfilio

Show people, you know your skills and what you're able to do. It's also just really great practice. I know that many people quickly don't do free work. There's a lot of rhetoric about how everyone should get paid for working. When you're low on the totem pole you will often have to do a little more work than what you're getting paid off. Hopefully, you have that fire you know you have that excitement that that won't be you know an upsetting factor for you that you might not be getting paid much of anything at the very start of your career. We're just getting some work on your belt. A couple of things to slap in a portfolio will help a lot.

Step 6 - Find a job

The last thing you're going to do to get started in product design is to find a job. Now, this is, of course, easier said than done. I realize that, but hopefully, having completed all of those kinds of 5 steps before you'll be in a perfect scenario, you probably have an excellent network. You might have some work under your belt. They'll have some work to show people, and you'll have an excellent direction on where you want your career to go. The perfect place for you to start feeling out the job market is not accessible. We recommend using the canvas strategy.


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