How to Get Started in UX Design with 6 Proven Methods (Video)

We transcript this video to make you quickly learn how to get started in UX design. We provide 6 powerful tips to get started immediately.

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6 Crucial Tips of UX Design

UX designers are in demand right now. Executives and managers are realizing that their user’s experience of a company’s product or service is crucial to their bottom line. That experience can be designed so we thought we’d put together a short video that summarizes what we think is the best way to get started in user experience.

1. Get Educated

Illustration of getting educated in terms of UX.

We don’t mean that you need to go and invest three years and thousands of dollars into a university degree in interaction design or something.

There are plenty of great books and a lot of excellent online courses that you can work through in your own time to get going.

2. Get the Right Tools of Software

It’s absolutely crucial that you get yourself a copy of some wireframing software like Balsamiq Mockups or Axure and some screen capture software like Silverback or Techsmith/Camtasia.

These tools aren’t free but they will empower you to be able to create low fidelity prototypes and test them with real users.

Remember that your toolkit should also include non-software tools like,

  • pens
  • paper
  • post-its

3. Get Some Experience

They have a ton of options here. It could be a personal project and not-for-profit that you donate some time to or a hypothetical client that you take it upon yourself to research and redesign.

What’s important is you start following a user-centered process and iterating and folding in regular feedback from users along the way.

4. Get Connected to Find other UX’s

It’s also important that you get connected to find other UX’s in your area through

Reach out to prominent bloggers in the UX space. Ask questions in the UX mastery community forums.

These relationships can be valuable for keeping you motivated helping you learn and finding your next job.

5. Get a Mentor

Have a mentor to get started in UX.

This doesn’t need to be a formal relationship but you do need someone who’s more experienced and can offer advice on how to solve design problems and how to manage your career.

You may even have a few people in your network already who can mentor you on different topics.

6. Get Hired

This involves taking all of that experience that you’ve accumulated and presenting it in some form of portfolio either online or in-print as many graphic designers do.

You shouldn’t show off visual design artifacts. You should use this portfolio to explain the process you follow. Use it as a launchpad to tell a story about the projects you’ve worked on.

If you put time into each of these six steps then give yourself a gold star. You are well on your way to a successful career as a UX designer.

If you have some questions, we are always happy to answer!