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How to Get Started in UX Design?

Marcin Treder
By Marcin Treder on 14th January, 2014 Updated on 1st February, 2017

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How to get started in UX Design? That’s an excellent question. Although the number of design resources for beginners grows rapidly, I firmly believe that they do not offer the right approach to the problem. UX Design is a holistic approach to product & service development that requires solid background of the right thinking habits, rather than just a set of hard skills. Take a look at the list below and let me know your thoughts.

How to get started in UX Design?

  1. To start with – design tools. While great designers are efficiently using their weapons of choice, tools themselves never made anybody a great designer. Most of them are so far from the true nature of the design that they can only spoil you.
  2. Turn yourself into a constant redesign machine. Think about how to improve any product and service that you see. Including a door handle and a coffee machine.
  3. Observe people around you and analyse patterns in their behaviour, problems that they encounter using certain products etc.
  4. Whenever you’re tempted to design something, stop yourself and try to describe: who’s the Customer, what’s the Problem and what could solve the Problem (the C-P-S Hypothesis).
  5. Design as little as you can. Solve problems.

When you’d feel that you mastered all the tasks above, get more practical:

And build up your portfolio having in mind that even if you don’t have big clients, you can certainly help some NGOs (we’d get you a solid discount at UXPin for doing that!), or a local salesman. Any improved experienced will be a proof that you’re a UX great designer.

Marcin Treder

by Marcin Treder

Marcin Treder is the CEO and co-founder of UXPin, a product design platform. Since co-founding UXPin in 2010, he has helped build and lead product teams in the Poland and Silicon Valley offices. Previously, he worked on projects for two companies that IPOed and managed the design team for one of the biggest eCommerce companies in Eastern Europe. He holds an M.A. in Cognitive Psychology. Marcin has been given numerous awards, including MIT 30 under 35 for his accomplishments in design and business.

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