It’s an exciting time for students to get into User Experience Design (UX Design) in college. After all, UX Design is a rapidly growing industry. CNN/Payscale and other authorities rank UX Design as the 14th in the Top 100 careers for big growth.
UX designers use a combination of technical skills to complete their tasks and projects. As a UX Design student, it’s important to use your time in school, as well as your internships, to hone these necessary skills in order to establish a long and fruitful career in the industry. Some of these skills include:
Similar to how an architectural blueprint is necessary to show how the actual house should be built, wireframing is important because it offers your team a visual understanding of an interface or webpage. Wireframing defines the elements that need to be present from page to page. It includes all the interface components that are needed for all possible interactions and is generally designed in grayscale, using boxes and lines.
UX designers use visual design software frequently in their day-to-day tasks. These include Figma, Sketch, and Illustrator among others. Because design is highly graphic in nature, it should come as no surprise that UX designers need to be competent in visual language. Besides proficiency in the tools, you should build your knowledge of visual design best practices for things like typography, color theory, layout, icons, and general design theory.
In an increasingly digital world, it isn’t surprising that coding has become a valuable skill across industries. Given how UX Design is firmly rooted in digital spaces, coding is a valuable skill for UX students to develop.