Should you study a User Experience (UX) course? UX designers do come from all walks of life, not necessarily just from a design background. Being suited to a UX course or UX career is more about your interests and what motivates you. Here are some things to consider before diving in.
If you’re naturally empathetic and put people first, you may be suited to many aspects of UX design such as user research and creating personas. You’ll need an interest in technology trends and the latest devices. Each day will be different but will always involve problem solving and collaboration. If you’re a keen learner with an eye for detail, UX may be a great fit for you.
A UX course is for you if:
- You are both analytical and creative
- You want long-term job security in a growing market
- You want the chance to explore different pathways
- You can see yourself working as a freelancer
- You want to influence and improve how people experience the world.
Digital Media specialising in User Experience Design has many job outcomes.
User-Experience (UX) Designer
Design is no longer just graphic design, but there's a focus on 'the feel' part of the user experience. A UX designer works to make a product useful, usable and enjoyable for its users. Responsibilities can vary dramatically, but involve: product research, creating personas and scenarios, Information Architecture (IA), creating wireframes, prototyping, and product testing.
Customer-Experience (CX) Designer
A CX designer creates website blueprints to enhance customer experience. CX design focuses on using a customer journey map to create an optimal customer experience at all of a brand's touchpoints. A customer journey map can also help to identify gaps in the customer experience.
User Interface Designer
User Interface (UI) Design focuses on the user’s visual experience, determining how a user interacts with an interface, such as a website. A UI designer works to design the screens through which a user will move, creating the visual elements that facilitate this. They need to be intuitive and creative, always thinking about the way the human user and the mind work.
App designers work closely with UX and UI designers on mobile websites, apps and other mobile interfaces across multiple platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows and mobile web.
This role covers the interaction between users and products, such as apps or websites. An interaction designer creates products that help users achieve their objective in the best way possible. This might involve elements such as aesthetics, sound, space and motion.
A web designer creates the look, layout and features of websites and associated apps. It requires skills in both graphic design and computer programming. Once a website is created, a designer helps with maintenance and additions to the site to keep it up to date.
An information architect works to make information attractive and accessible to an audience. Skills in technical writing, as well as graphic design and web development, are needed. Information architects help build a ‘user experience’ of a website or other outlet such as an intranet.
A UX researcher investigates users and their requirements so they can add context and insight into the process of designing the user experience. UX research employs a variety of techniques such as interviews, personas and usability testing to reveal valuable information which informs the design process.
Find out more about Macleay’s Digital Media courses specialising in User Experience Design here.