How to spot that a UX designer is an expert?
What is UX
UX is user experience — UX designers work on it. For instance, you need to make an app that corrects grammar, like Grammarly or LanguageTool. In this case, a beginner directly starts to create a design, and a UX expert first asks the following questions:
- How will users upload text to the program? What is more convenient for them: the “copy — paste” option or downloading a file with an extension .docx, or .txt?
- Will the app show exactly what grammar rules were violated in the text? How the startup can help users remember typical errors and avoid them later?
- Will the service automatically save the document? How can it help a user not to lose the corrected text if the application closed accidentally?
- How can users download the corrected text? Is it possible to receive a document in PDF format or send a file via email?
A UX designer first thinks through users’ behavior in the app and only then creates a design based on these conclusions. If the designer doesn’t think about such nuances, they will create an inconvenient interface that turns away the audience of the product. It turns out that a bad UX can ruin a startup.
Now let’s look at the good and bad UX design using the example of two text editors.
An example of a good UX design is Google Docs. Firstly, it is concise: it is not overloaded with information and color. Secondly, it is clear: a user sees the button and immediately understands what it does. This design improves the user experience, and people return readily to the product.
An example of a bad UX design is Zoho Writer. Firstly, it is overloaded with information: there are a lot of colored icons on the left panel. The names of functions duplicate in hints on a black background, which appear when you hover the cursor. Secondly, the design is incomprehensible: the buttons do not fit phrases describing the actions of the program. It takes a long time to get used to such an interface, and this can alienate users.
If you want to create a user-friendly UX design, you should understand well how users interact with interfaces. A novice specialist doesn’t have such knowledge yet. If you invite a beginner to your startup, this person can create an inconvenient app and hurt the business. So let’s figure out how to distinguish an unskilled UX designer from an expert.
What is the difference between an aspiring designer and an expert
There are no clear criteria that would help distinguish a beginner from an expert because all people are different. But we will try to figure out examples to reveal these differences.
For example, we need a UX design for a grocery delivery app. Let’s look at how beginners and experts would solve this prob"
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