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Should UX Designers Design? Yes, no, maybe

Image Credit: Best Marvel Quotes

Like an engineer would have stated: it depends 😊

My skill set really doesn’t strongly suggest visual design. But yes, I’m a UX Designer, for sure. And I’m confident enough to add that I’m pretty good at it. But I’m not the pixel acrobatic.

Side note: you’re unsure about your own skill set or how to put your superpowers? Find a handy tool at the end of this post.

Yes there are plenty of reasons why a UX Designer’s skill set should include strongly developed skills in visual design. No wonder, as most of the results of our work are visual– at least superficially. And so most of us designers are really good– you guess it– designers. But this doesn’t have to be the case for all of us.

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Have Your Say in UX 2019

Must be a UX Designer

Be prepared for the forthcoming 2019 UX bingo talks. Here’s a list of (UX) Design vocabulary* you definitely should know.

  • Design Thinking
  • UX Research
  • Journey Maps
  • Content Strategy
  • Storytelling
  • UX Writing
  • Illustrations
  • 3D flat Design
  • Gradients
  • Personalization

* Useless if you don’t know how to talk. Still, only crafting nice pixels and feeling hyper-emphatic won’t get you far.

I’m afraid, you’ve got to do the grammar work, too. Build sentences, write chapters, practice, do, and then, one day, maybe, write your complete book.


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Content & Pixels #1

This week’s moderated pick of links.

  • Design principles express the living values of your design approach. They can exist independent from a design system. But if you want to build a design system, think about your principles first. They’ll guide you toward better design decisions. //Design Principles
  • The costs of underrated/ignored UX issues can be expressed as UX debt (equivalent to tech debt). //UX Debt: How to Identify, Prioritize, and Resolve
  • From the Aesthetic Usability Effect to the Zeigarnic Effect //The Laws of UX

UX Design Not is

To understand what UX Design is, understand you must: UX Design not is – only.

It’s been over a year since our division (finally) changed to an agile setup with teams working in SCRUM. At the initial stages, UX for co-workers and other stakeholders was something like this: ok code’s ready, feature’s built, UXer will get into the creative mode and provide the pixels – asap. Something wasn’t quite right yet.

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Getting started with Web Accessibility – again

It’s been a while since I really put hands on web accessibility. Over 10 years now. At that time from the point of view of a developer, when I built and adapted WordPress websites, or removed tables from Joomla templates myself. In these days we merely talked about code, and also about font sizes and colors, when it came to web accessibility.

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How to get Appreciation for UX

Until today UX often remains nothing more than buzz, a noble goal. And still, UX Designers are complaining about not being understood by others or over customers who are not getting their point. Even in agile organizations and those that generally recognize the value of UX, UXers fail, e.g. when being part of a SCRUM team.

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UX is dead, long live the User Experience!

The winds of change are blowing. We’re in the middle of a big turnaround. No of course not. But UX is getting mature – finally! Our metier goes back to its roots and at the same time moves on. And we as the so taunted called UX Designers face a lot of challenges.

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