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What Does It Take To Become A UX Designer?

Rosie Allabarton

We were lucky enough to interview Head of Mobile at Locafox and UX Professional, Hany Rizk at our last UX Design event. Hany eats, sleeps and breathes User Research, Information Architecture, Interaction Design and Usability Analysis. In addition to catering to the tiniest of details, he is driven by product strategy and the bigger picture. Take a look at the video below to hear Hany explain in his own words what it takes to become a UX Designer.

But what Hany really advocates in UX Design is trusting your gut. Sure you have to test, get data, speak to colleagues and customers and research, research, research; but Hany is passionate about trusting your instincts before the testing has even begun in order to create products that are, crucially, intuitive to you as well as the people you are hoping to convert.

For these reasons Hany was the perfect person to speak to about what UX Design is, and what it takes to become a UX Designer. And if you’re interested in learning more, try out our free UX Design Email Short Course. You can also check out this video:

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So What Is UX Design?

  • UX Design is about putting the user at the centre of everything you do in product design.

  • It is about creating products that are intuitive to use and that get the customer where they want to be as simply as possible.

  • By focusing on getting the customer where they want to be as easily as possible, you are simultaneously increasing conversion rates for the business. And in a genuine way: not by pushing customers in one direction when they want to be going another, or misleading them with false promises, but by helping them get to the point on the site that they were hoping to get to when they landed there.

  • The more simple, beautiful and intuitive this process is, the happier the customer is and the more profitable the business.

[We’d love to know what you think! Let us know your opinion on what it takes to get into UX Design in the comments below.]

Knowing about how users read, studying their eye movement behaviour and the steps they take to get from one page to another, how the eyes communicate with the brain - all of these things are important to the success of a UX designer.

However nothing is more important that putting yourself in the shoes of the person doing the task. This is only achieved by user feedback groups, testing and interviewing. The study of information science, how to group and organize data to make it easier to understand and orientation are also elements that need to be learned and applied. Naturally, as a designer, an interest and taste in design as well as common sense and critical thinking should come as a matter of course. But as Hany says, it’s guts and the ability to trust your instincts that create the most intuitive and well-designed sites and products.

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UX Design Email Short Course

We understand that for those with little or no experience of UX Design, it can be a lot of information to take in in terms of processes and terminology, even if most of it is just common sense when you think about it. This is why CareerFoundry has created a free UX Design Email Short Course to help you get to grips with the basics of UX Design, before you take the leap to do the full course. The UX Design Short Course is totally free, funny, straight-forward and covers all of the basics of UX Design to give you an excellent idea of what the full course will involve, or what a career in the industry might look like. For seven days you’ll receive an email to with heaps of information and exercises to complete at your leisure.

To sign up, simply go to this page: UX Design Email Short Course.

What You Should Do Now

  1. Get a hands-on introduction to UX with a free, 6-day short course.
  2. Become a qualified UX designer in 5-10 months—complete with a job guarantee.
  3. Talk to a Career Advisor to discuss career change and find out if UX is right for you.
  4. Learn about our graduates, see their portfolio projects, and find out where they’re at now.

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Rosie Allabarton

Rosie Allabarton

Contributer to the CareerFoundry Blog