What is UX?

UX is the abbreviation of User Experience and refers to an individual’s thoughts and feelings when using a specific product or a service. It aims to heal and naturalize the interaction between humans and the software to create smooth experiences.

The term dates back to 1930s whereas the traces of the concept can be found at the invention of machinery. In factories where the majority of machines were used, there was always the passion to turn the process of processing materials into a something that was much more simpler to increase efficiency. Frederick Winslow Taylor’s work related to human-machine/tool interaction and their experience constitutes the base for the user experience concept.

A lot has changed since then, and is still changing. UX has been receiving the credit it actually deserves only lately, and has became a field for serious professional opportunities in the last few decades. Completely turned into a concept for software interaction design, User Experience is a term anyone in any industry working on any team for any product should be aware of.

There are a few points that determine whether the experience a product offers to its users are good or not:

  • Makes it simpler: The whole point of user experience is to turn human-machine interaction into something that is easier and simpler, so a good UX always makes it simpler than normal.
  • Makes it more enjoyable: the UX designer doesn’t have to take the soul out of the user experience to turn it into a simpler progress. A UX should always be fun and any interaction should be as enjoyable as possible.
  • Is often optimized: first designs are almost never perfect, so analyzing the overall user experience and finding ways to improve it is a must in UX.

What is a UX designer?

A User Experience designer is the person responsible for designing the experiences for interactions between human and machinery, and making the overall experience as optimized as possible.

As it was mentioned above user experience design has become more and more popular as a job opportunity so more people started listening to the podcasts where users share their experiences on uses experience design.

There are several reasons making the job of a UX designer an important one:

  • Users buy the more enjoyable: most products in the market offer the same value with the same value. In these cases, the simpler and easier the product, the more users will come back for more. A good UX Design can give a business the upper-hand competition.
  • Eliminating pain points beforehand: a user experience designer is an experienced person who has made and seen may mistakes regarding UX design. Instead of fixing these mistakes later, investing in UX can help eliminate them from the start, leaving businesses with nothing but friendly products.
  • Leaving a positive impression on the market: A satisfied customer will talk about the business and the product or the service for as long as they can, or until the listening person gets bored. Investing in UX turns the experience of all users into a perfect one and as they tell their friends and family about the product or the service, growth by word-of-mouth will be possible.

How to become a UX designer?

To become a full time UX designer, it is necessary to have the background or the experience on it, and there are university degrees and online certifications that help humans get things on track.

Here are the overall list of educational content on UX from the most helpful to least during job interviews:

  • Bachelor and Master Degrees: although UX is a fairly new field, most universities have degree programs related to interactive media and interaction design. Most UX designers have a design degree which employers take into account primarily.
  • Online Certifications: other than universities, educational platforms that are credible aim to educate on UX design in terms of weeks and offer certifications based on simple tests, but it is better than nothing so employers accept the certifications by trusted platforms as education.
  • Experience: it is required from a user experience designer as it is required from any designer, to have at least a tiny bit of experience and a portfolio to display their work.
  • Online Courses: courses without certifications. Not helpful to job interviews at all but helps designers get better at their jobs.
  • Books: also is a source to self-improve.

Selman Gokce

Selman Gokce is the Senior Inbound Marketer of UserGuiding. He is highly invested in user onboarding and digital adoption, especially for SaaS, and he writes on these topics for the UserGuiding blog. When he's not writing, you can find him either listening to LOTR soundtracks while cooking or getting angry because he lost in a video game.

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