When you’re looking to learn about something that’s entirely new to you, it can be intimidating. It’s really important to avoid developing your skills in a vacuum. You need to get comfortable with the landscape. This is perhaps even more true if you’re interested in the diverse field of UX Design.
“UX Design, at its core, is the combination of a diverse sets of skills and techniques – information architecture, user research, interaction design, illustration, and strategic analysis,” according to one of our design instructors Ahmad Kadhim. “It can be difficult to attain the ‘big picture’ when people don’t even agree on what UX means.”
We were inspired by Alexa Roman’s article that helped Ahmad earlier in his career. We’ve put together three sets of resources to help you get waist-deep in UX:
1. Read, read, read
These articles aren’t the be-all-end-all of their topics, but they definitely help you learn the basics.
2. People to follow (in Toronto)
Sure, seeing design out in the wild brings spontaneous inspiration, but following a solid set of designers whose work resonates with you can really stoke creativity. Dribbble is a helpful design platform for showing off projects and connecting with others to create new ones. Here are some of our Toronto favourites:
Matt Hryhorsky Embody Designs
Jesse James Pocisk
3) Software to try
Professional designers utilize a variety of tools to get the job done. We'd suggest dipping your toes into tutorials for 3 of the most popular tools in UX today. Try creating prototypes, mock ups, and wireframes out for yourself with Sketch, InVision, and Balsamiq! All of them have a free tier or free trial.
A Mac native tool designed specifically for creating interfaces, websites, and icons. Perfect for big documents with repeating elements and multiple layers. Sketch has provided some awesome tutorials to get beginners started!
Pull off a high-fidelity prototype in short order. InVision helps consolidate project management and collaboration of ideas, visually. Check out InVision's introductory walkthroughs to create your first project.
Aimed to get you "in the zone" of your design, Mockups is intended for rough, low-fidelity wireframing as initial concepts are being formed. Balsamiq's tutorials break things down into mockup types:
Balsamiq – Intro to Balsamiq Mockups Video
Balsamiq – Desktop Mockups
Balsamiq – Mobile Mockups
Want to get into the exciting field of UX design? Learn to apply fundamental design principles on-screen and execute a design pitch good enough to convince any stakeholder in our full-time and part-time UX course offerings.