Maybe you're wondering what a UX designer is doing every day in his/her job. In the UX design field, and you might find yourself doing a lot of different types of things.
You might be creating wireframes to mock-up how a user experience looks in a web interface or a mobile app or something digital. Wireframes can look like this.
As a UX designer, sometimes you are sketching out how something would explain the workflow of a user. You might be mocking things that should be on the screen and things that they should click on to make it simple and easy for them to know what to do at each step.
You might find yourself doing in-depth user research where you are actually observing users in a virtual environment ethnographic research where you go in and immerse yourself in the field.
You might find yourself working a lot with developers and technical people and acting as a translator, helping to craft that experience knowing what the user’s perspective is and what their needs are and what the technology can do.
Another common thing for UX designers is to do testing. Once you've got some ideas or concepts, create, putting them in the hands of people and seeing how they react and how they respond and asking them questions to try and validate your ideas and check that they're going to work before you go into a long process of designing them.
There are two more things that you probably wouldn't guess would be a big part of being a UX designer, and these are some things that people don't know about before they get into the field, and then they're surprised when it's a big part of their job.
The first one is presenting and documenting and pitching and showcasing your work. That might be because you've just done a lot of user research, and you need to give to management or the design team what your findings are and what direction you think the design should go in. It might be concepts that you've created, and you need to present and show them to people or other teams.So taking the work you've done and presenting and showing your ideas to other people in a way understandable is a massive part of being a UX designer.
Lastly, being able to facilitate groups of people and run workshops to help others come together and collaborate and co-create and come to conclusions together is misunderstood and not seen as a big part of UX design.
So hopefully that's given you a good overview of what UX design is.
I've given you examples of good UX and bad UX with the coffee cups the impact that bad UX design can have on organizations like the nuclear power plant example and some examples of what a UX designer does every day.