You have to start somewhere and the best place to start is understanding design fundamentals. Currently, right now, can you name at least 4 core UX strategies, UI techniques, or Visual Design best practices? If the answer is no, please read this chapter.
Before creating beautiful mockups, you’ll need a crash course in proper design thinking. You thought I would say jump into Sketch or another design related tool, right? Wrong! You don’t have to tell me, I already know what you’re thinking. I did the same and I wanted to learn about the design tools first! It wasn’t the worst thing to do but it sure wasn’t the best. The issue I didn’t foresee was knowing the correct way to think about the problem. The “how” to think is more important than anything else! Your user interface is first and foremost responsible for solving the problem, being functional, and lastly being visually pleasing.
Areas of study:
Yes, it is a lot of areas to dive into but it is all apart of your job as a designer. After you learn one area, you’ll be intrigued to learn the other aspects as well.
Here are a few places I started my design fundamentals journey:
https://www.springboard.com/workshops/ux-design/ (This use to be free, I’m not sure if it is now.)
https://www.coursera.org/learn/ux-design-fundamentals (This use to be free, I’m not sure if it is now.)
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