[If you landed on this post but aren’t sure what UX design is—or whether it’s for you—check out our piece about UX design roles!]
Becoming a UX designer is a great option for anyone looking to build a creative career that combines problem-solving and human empathy. If you’ve decided it’s the path you want to take, you’ll probably be asking: how can I make it happen?
If you’re still at the “weighing things up” stage, being sat in a trendy office with your shiny new design job might feel like a very distant dream. But, believe it or not, if you commit to following the right steps, you could get on track in the space of just a few months.
“But how?” you ask! “Doesn’t UX design need heaps of complicated technical skills?” Well, yes, you’ll need a core set of skills—but skills can be learned, and the nature of creativity and UX design problem-solving means that you probably already have more of a head start than you realise.
Read on to discover how you could get up to speed and be applying for that first UX design job within 3-6 months.
1. Get visual design fundamentals covered
When the discipline of UX design first emerged around 25 years ago, it was quite techy and involved a lot less visual design than it now does. You can read our post on how the UX design process has evolved here.
The reason for this is that many jobs now also include at least some UI (user interface) design work, meaning that we need to have a baseline of visual design skills that enable us to create screen designs, and logos and icons.
For this reason, before diving into a UX-design-focused course, we would always recommend spending some time getting up to speed on visual design. At Designlab, we require almost all UX Academy students to excel in our 4-week Design 101 primer on visual design before starting the course.
If you’re learning independently, or still researching your career options, you could begin by getting a couple of inspiring books on design. Check out our reading list for inspiration!