Dec 4 2019

What the hell is UI/UX design?

Career Insights from a UI/UX designer. Today we invited Jing, Le Wagon alumna (batch#61), to share her career insights with us and some useful tools for those who want to become a UI/UX designer. Hope her journey after Le Wagon from a designer to a full-stack developer, then to an entrepreneur will give you some inspiration!

TianTian Gao
TianTian Gao

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What the hell is UI/UX design?

Career Insights

Hey!I'm Jing. I'm Head of Product at HeyShop, which is a SaaS platform for e-commerce solutions. When I graduated from RMIT University in 2014, I joined HeyShop as a Design Partner.

  • What motivated you to join Le Wagon at that time?
From my experience, when you have reached a certain level in design, you will hope to make a bigger breakthrough and want to develop your own design. And that's why I decided to join the coding bootcamp at le Wagon.

Hold on to it once you started. No matter how much you absorb at first, you will surely make progress. When you look back later in life, you will be very grateful for this experience.

  • How do you see the UI/UX designer career?
UI/UX design is between product and development, and it is a very important output. Designers should not only be confined to the scope of their work but should also sort out product requirements and master some development skills, because UI/UX design does not exist independently.

It is very rare to have designers to master the knowledge of design, product, and development at the same time, but if you do, you will have super high market value.

  • Any useful tools or resource?
I have a side project called Uirush. There are a lot of design, development and product-related resources on the website. I hope that helps!

  • Why a designer should learn how to code?
People often ask me this question and I will reply “if you are great at design, then you should be great at programming”, just like great actors or actresses can become great movie directors. 

As designers, we should still be product-oriented, so we might also play the role of product manager, programmer, or even entrepreneur. Since the goal of all our efforts is to develop a better product and solve the problem, the choice of approach doesn’t matter that much.

What is UI/UX design?

If you are curious about human behavior and passionate about how design shapes the products and services around you, UI/UX Designer might be a satisfying job for you! A flexible career path as a UX designer, you will have the opportunity to work for startups, agencies, large corporates, on a freelance basis, or even remotely.

The “UI” in UI design stands for “user interface.” The user interface is the graphical layout of an application. Any sort of visual element, interaction, or animation must all be designed. “UX” stands for “user experience.” A user’s experience of the app is determined by how easy or difficult it is to interact with the user interface elements that the UX designers have created. 

UI designers are graphic designers. They’re concerned with aesthetics.  UX designers determine the structure of the interface and functionality. 

In an article by Forbes "The 29 Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance", UI designers and UX designers ranked 4.0 and 4.1 for work-life balance, respectively 5th and 2nd. The average annual salary levels remain at $ 84,500 and $ 95,000. It can be seen that UI / UX designers are just one of the most popular professions.

Useful tools for UI/UX design?

MindNode helps you capture all your thoughts and turn them into a clear picture of your idea.
Create, prototype, collaborate and turn your ideas into incredible products with the definitive platform for digital design.
Prototyping on Paper