The Necessary Skills to Become a Successful Designer (part 1)


Web designers and related jobs like user interface designers, user experience designers, and visual designers create the designs for the web sites and web apps which we all use daily on the internet. Whether it is a huge site like Facebook or the simple website for your favorite local entertainment place, a designer is a person who decided how the site looks. When it comes to smaller sites, designers might be involved by creating stock templates to be used as the basis for a site design, while a larger site usually has a completely custom design.

If you wonder what it takes to become a designer, check the list below for the details on what web designers, UI designers, and visual designers need to know to get hired and be successful.

  1. User experience (UX) design

UX design is about how to control or influence the way users experience your designs. As a UX designer, you have to think about user’s psychology, for example, what colors are the most likely to make people click? How long does a user keep scrolling down a page? Moreover, you have to merge these things with design patterns and conventions which are standard in the industry.

  1. User interface (UI) design

UI design is closely related to UX design; however, it focuses more on the looks of the web sites and the way they influence functionality, rather than the functionality itself. Therefore, UI designers spend much more time on the look and feel, rather than the experience of clicking around and using a site.

  1. Information architecture (IA) 

Information architecture (IA) is a science of structuring and organizing content of the web sites, social media software as well as web and mobile applications. The way that a website’s content is structured and organized to best benefit the user falls under IA. Being an information architect, you have to think about how much information to put on each page of the web site, how to organize and categorize information so that users can easily find it, and anything else related to the way users experience the content on a site.