The User Experience Designer is concerned about how the user's overall interaction with a product/ platform feels. S/hedoes this by providing solutions to maximise the value a user gets from the product/ platform.
Think of it as designing a product around the possible interactions a user will have with it. For example: - Can the user start a purchase on her phone and finish it on her laptop without being frustrated?
- When there is a problem using the product/ platform, can the user easily find a solution without losing the will to live?
- Can a new user intuitively know what gestures should be used because of the simplicity and ease of use of your product/ platform?
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There are many careers where you may be able to get away with not having a curious bone. In this career, you need to be curious about why a product is adopted quicker than others and what attracts users repeatedly to a platform.
You will wonder how to incorporate functionality with simplicity without affecting the product's profitability. To help with learning curiousity, I find this course from IsraelX. Very useful : Explore key concepts in the new field of design theory. Gain fundamental knowledge of what design is and its relation to culture, economics, and the arts.
There is a painstaking deliberateness that goes into creating products and platforms. This is where having an understanding of user research processes and concept development comes into play. interacting has a really good course on this : User Research – Methods and Best Practices.
Having the ability to show how a product or platform works helps communicate its value. UX Designers should not be bothered about how the product or platform looks, that's the UI designer's job.
To understand UX better and learn more about UX design, read: - What Does a UX Designer Do? Roles Explained.
If you are currently a Graphic Designer and you've wanted to switch to UX but don't know how, read @101babic's article : 5 Tips for Graphic Designers Switching to UX Design.
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