UX Designer

Average Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Competition: HIGH
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

The thing that makes a great product, is its ability to understand your needs and satisfy them with ease. Wouldn’t you agree? It brings a User Experience (UX) Designer real pleasure if their product does just that. They implement best designs to improve the usability, ease of use and pleasure in the interaction between the user and the product. All to make you happier. How selfless!

Duties

A UX Designer works on not only physical products, but digital ones too, such as apps. Amongst their job responsibilities, their main concern is to ensure that the product feels awesome. They achieve that by doing the following:

  • Undertaking quantitative and qualitative user research to understand a user’s needs and wants out of the product
  • Working with a team of designers to create fit for purpose designs
  • Creating storyboards to identify the relationships between user and product
  • Prototyping new designs for user experience testing
  • Evaluating results from user testing and making recommendations and adjustments
  • Keeping up-to-date with new industry and technology developments to champion new thinking

Key Skills & Characteristics

A UX Designer should:

  • Have a good understanding of design and composition
  • Possess a high level of customer focus and understanding of their needs
  • Have an analytical approach to problem solving whilst showing an attention to detail
  • Show commercial and strategic awareness
  • Have excellent communication skills being able to explain design concepts to all

Entry Routes

To become a UX Designer, you are not bound to have to study a particular degree, but would be wise to complete one in something relevant. A degree in Graphic Design will be able to teach you design concepts and how to use computer aided software, which may be used on the job. Whereas a degree in Psychology, will help you get a better understanding of people’s way of thinking. But in this type of work, it’s your portfolio more than your degree that gets you places!

Through work experiences, courses or being self-taught, employers will expect you to have knowledge in certain design software and even coding.

If an employer outlines that they want a UX Designer to design digital products (websites, apps), then you would need to demonstrate a coding ability in CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript. Software such as Axure, is a popular tool amongst UX designing. The surge of apps makes this type of designing very popular!

Other software such as Photoshop and Illustrator is useful to know for designing both digital and physical products.

Job Progression

Junior Designer

UX Designer

Senior UX Designer

UX Lead

UX Director

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Creativity – It’s a joy to have the freedom to express yourself and bring forward your ideas
  • Variety – You get to work on a number of different projects
  • Feedback – When the final product is released, it’s an enjoyable experience learning from customer feedback

The Bad

  • Uninspiring Projects – Some projects may not be a fulfilling experience to be a part of
  • Difficult Clients – Clients can be quite demanding and picky
  • Knowledge – You constantly have to update your knowledge. A good design today may not be one tomorrow