User Experience (UX) Design is the process that is behind the interaction of everyday human users (like you) and products and/or services. It is a field that combines psychology, design, technology, business, and so much more. When you are scrolling through apps or navigating websites everyday, there is a wealth of research that has gone into you having a seamless experience, and that is where UX Design comes into play.
Roles and Work Environment
Developers, product managers, and business stakeholders where their main responsibility is to understand and advocate for the customer and their experience. They might have their hands in various tasks, like research and testing as well as wireframing and prototyping designs. One important distinction is that UX Designers don’t typically design how a website or app looks, but they are responsible for how it feels to the user in terms of the journey from beginning to end.
- Common Tasks: User Research, Wireframing, Prototyping, User Testing
- Hard Skills
- InVision, Axure, Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma
- Learn more about UX Design Tools
- Coursera- Introduction to User Experience Design (access via Coursera for UVA)
- LinkedIn Learning – Advance Your Skills in UX Design
- Future Learn – Digital Skills: User Experience Course by Accenture
- Google UX Design Certificate
- User Experience Job Boards
- Handshake Quick Search for UX Design Roles (must be logged into Handshake to access)
- Handshake Quick Search – Product Design (must be logged into Handshake to access)
- UX Design and Engineering: Technology 101 Webinar by the UVA Career Center
- What Does a UX Designer Actually Do?
- What is UX Design?
- How to become a UX Designer in 2021
- UX Design: Definition, Skills, and Tools 2021 Guide
Professional Organizations and Communities
- User Experience Professional Association
- UX Researchers Association
- Design Thinking Group on LinkedIn