Infographic | How to become a User Experience Designer

So as always, my Facebook and Twitter feeds get bombarded with UX related postings (my own fault I guess for following and liking so many UX people and organizations), and I’ve become very good at being able to cruise through my news feeds rather quickly during my morning commute, but as I love to do on my blog, I have to post the ones that stick out to me, ESPECIALLY infographics. It’s been nice to have a space to be able to share my thoughts and archive postings, infographics, etc that really stick out to me. So this particular morning, I came across a tweet from Schools.com, who I usually find myself skipping over, and saw something that had to do with UX Design. It said:

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Now of course my news feeds are disgustingly cluttered with the keywords: USER EXPERIENCE, but I guess the fact that I don’t often ever see those keywords next to the awesomely red logo of Schools.com on my feed, is what made it stand out to me. Also, the word “infographic” is something that always stands out to me, so I had to click it. Landed on an article from Jon Fartenbury, and let me say, it is always encouraging to see UX becoming increasingly popular across all fields, not just design + development.

The accompanying article also did a great job introducing what UX designers do and providing tools and resources for available schooling for courses, degrees and certificates. Here is the paragraph for what a UX designer does: Many aren’t even familiar with what UX designers do. In short, UX designers take a product or a system — such as a website, for example — and design it in a way that’s appealing and functional for users. This requires developing a prototype (to bring the idea from a concept to an actuality) and then combining the visuals with the information in a way that makes the experience for consumers enjoyable and not overly-complex and frustrating. Think of it like a happiness assurance agent. Your job, if you become a UX designer, is to make users happy, with a clean, visually stimulating product.

…combining the visuals with the information in a way that makes the experience for consumers enjoyable and not overly-complex and frustrating.

Very short and to the point. Love how concise it is and yes, it clearly doesn’t cover the world of being a UX designer, but still a good introduction for an individual who is new to this awesome crazy world of UX. The infographic is below the article and I scrolled through the entire vertically mile long graphic and loved the way the different facets of UX were broken down. Once again, me being a UX nut, I felt it could’ve touched on some more areas, but knowing the audience this graphic is intended for, it was very well presented. And yes, I know there are a ridiculous amount of infographics for UX all over the interweb, but this one stood out to me from the rest, mainly because of how I stumbled across it. Kudos to Schools.com. I have attached the inforgraphic below, enjoy!

Schools.com article: http://www.schools.com/visuals/how-to-become-a-ux-designer.html