I never thought that I would have such a passion for some field, only for UX design.
Before this, career aptitude confused me a lot. In particular, it had taken me for half a year to search and try different types of fields, such as BA, QA, layout, SQL. Every field, I took at least one series of course to comprehend the basic knowledge of them. However, I can’t help but stop for some reason.
At the end of June 2017, there was a person on the Youtube introducing what User Experience is. The terms of main ideas, for example, human-centered design, enchanted me very much. How could we blame people who can’t cope with complicated machines that carry too many functions we don’t need? Besides functionality, attention should be paid to the entire experience, which means the aesthetics of form and the quality of interaction.
I can’t agree with him more! In addition, information, skill and knowledge enhance at the staggering rate in this era. The thought of helping people save the time of operating equipment for meaningful or important things popped into my head.
(Who is the speaker? It’s Don Norman that is the famous advocator of user-centered design)
Two months later, I completely finished two books “A Project Guide to UX Design” and “Don’t Make Me Think”. Moreover, I attended a bunch of events and courses, such as design thinking of dschool in Stanford, UX design boot camp of General Assembly, Sketch on site, Ted talk, Youtube online courses, etc. Now I’m reading ” The Design of Everyday Things“.
In order to get more systematic and more intensive knowledge, I applied for the User Experience Design class from General Assembly on November 2017. After the training, I gradually have the whole picture of user experience design. It is the process of design thinking. There are three key points. First, USER RESEARCH. Designers continuously explore users’ mind and narrow down to what they really want. Besides users, designers have to know potential competitors. Second, PERSONA. Based on the first process, designers try to build virtual person who is the target audience. Last, PROTOTYPING. Designers distill the essential features through MSCOW method, user flow, sitemap, and so on to incubate and hatch out prototyping for product, service or application. For the UX process, it is an iterative approach.
Now I’m ready to be a real person to enter the workforce. Furthermore adding my background in psychology and statistics, UX designer is exactly right for me!