What is UI/UX design?
While User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design are different disciplines, they are often used interchangeably. However, the objective of both UI and UX design is to construct a product that is not only appealing but also simple to operate.
UI encompasses the visual aspect of the device or product used by an end-user. It involves the use of graphics, typography, colour schemes, transitions, interface animations, etc. to ensure fresh and visually stimulating aesthetics of the product, website, app, or video game. In addition, UI design also deals with how the user navigates the product or website. Navigation can be of the following types:
- Gesture-Based Interface
- Graphical User Interface
- Voice-Controlled Interface
UX Design usually involves defining the way a product operates and meets user requirements. The usability, experience, and functionality of the product, website, app, etc. are handled by a UX designer. He researches with the end-user to determine their values, motivations (why they are using the product/website), preferences, and then accordingly construct a product design that is convenient, efficient as well as intuitive. In addition, he also works on the improvement of the interface of the existing product in accordance with the customer inputs.
Tips for success:
In order to succeed in UI/UX design, you must:
Develop the following skills:
Know your audience: The purpose of any design concept is to efficiently connect with the end-user.
- Software Knowledge along with competencies in varied programming languages
- Creativity to visualize concepts that are efficient, visually stimulating as well as in accordance with client’s requirements
- Must develop an eye for detailing so that the product is not only immaculate, but the user experience is also amazing.
- Time management & organizational skills to handle multiple projects and that to adhere to deadlines.
- Good communication & interpersonal skills to understand, convey as well as sell the concepts to the client. In addition, he has to collaborate with various teams and other stakeholders.
- Problem-solving approach
Before embarking on your project, it’s ideal to know your customer, understand what he looks at when he opens a site or mobile application. This acts as a good starting point and you can conceptualize a good design option that is efficient as well as eye-catching and is more effective user-interface design.
Complete certification in UI/UX design course:
Ensure that the college you select to complete your UI/UX design course
- The certification offered by the college must be recognised at both domestic and international levels.
- Students must gain competencies in new technologies like interactive screens and I.O.Ts besides knowledge of visual design, systems thinking, human behavior, programming while developing in-depth understanding towards creating wireframes on Invision, emerging technology, and new media, high fidelity on XD, documentation on Figma and user testing, etc.
- The college must ensure exposure to students through participation in real-world projects, competitions, and internships so as to facilitate student portfolios.
- Regular interface with industry experts and stalwarts to assist students in understanding varied aspects of client handling, business, as well as real-life case-studies, etc.
- The college must assist in developing relevant supplementary skills.