Tools of the TradeDesign is more than just making pages look pretty. It’s about solving real customer problems. The interesting thing about being a UX designer is that most of the time, you actually don’t need to have experience in specific software programs or technologies to do a great job. More important, is how you make decisions and apply your skills across a broad set of tools and platforms. Your ability to use the right tool or design at the right time or place is what really matters for being an amazing UX designer.
What You Should Know
- Wireframing and Mockups: Visio, Axure, Balsamiq, Omnigraffle. A key part of the design process is the ability to create low-fi visuals to express ideas. Hiring managers may focus on one of these wireframing tools, but they will normally be amenable to a high performing candidate who has used a different one. The key here is that you understand how to distill requirements and conversations into wireframes. If you can do that, the specific tool doesn’t matter as much.
- Graphic Design: Illustrator, Photoshop, Fireworks, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. Many of these tools are essential, and you should come to the table with solid expertise with at least one or two of them. Other ones can be learned on the job, but a lot of the nuances that make great (and fast) designers come from using the tools a lot. Avoid generalizing here. It’s more valuable to be an expert designer with one or two tools than to be “pretty good” with all of them.
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