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UX & UI Design 101: 7 Steps to Become a UI & UX Designer

Design is a broad and vague term. Design is broad because it covers a broad category. The number of responsibilities under the term designer is too great. Whether you are a web developer, a graphic designer, or an online store owner with a vision you will find your answers in this post.

Today, we will give you tips and resources to help you get started in user experience and user interface design, for completely free.

In the web industry, a bad design and cluttered website will easily distract potential customers from your online properties. Therefore, when planning a website design; Understanding the difference between user experience and the user interface is crucial for your success.

As an online store owner, if you want to hire someone to design your website and if your hires don't understand the difference between UI and UX, this could become a dead investment. No offence, just saying!

In today's web environment, you have often heard the terms user interface (UI) and user experience design (UX). Just because these two terms have a similar terminology does not mean that both terms have the same meaning. The most common misconception is that many people think that the user experience and user interface are the same, they can replace each other. In fact, the user experience is not dependent on the user interface, although it is affected. Today, the concepts of UX and UI are often used together. However, a professional designer should be able to master the answers to the question of what are the differences between UX and UI design.

Let's briefly list the differences between UX and UI design:

UI design, the issue of how a design interface will look and function for the user.
UX design, on the other hand, comes into play in the editing process of the interaction that this view will create with the user. It is the functioning and the logical design of the whole picture.

User Experience (UX) is Not a User Interface (UI)

Although both areas are about designing user interaction, user experience designers are the architects of great interactions; you can think of user interface designers as people who create more detailed, small interactions.

For example, when creating a user experience design, you must complete the steps to sign up for a news post. The person who successfully guides us through the whole process and makes the colour and design changes in the user interface designer.

UX and UI are two essential elements of a successful design. While neither alone is sufficient for success, they work wonders when used together. UX and UI design principles should be used together from the first time a design begins to emerge until it reaches the user.

Let's consider a desk.

What does this desk look like?

Where are the racks?

How many drawers does it have?

What colours are used inside and outside?

The creator of these design features is the UI designer.

But, are the shelves of this table designed in line with user habits?

Are the designed drawers useful, do they satisfy the user?

Or does it meet all needs?

How appropriate are the colours used for this product?

The person who will answer these questions by applying the necessary measurements is the UX designer.

The concepts of UX and UI, which should be considered together to ensure user interaction, are in an indispensable position for all designs to be implemented. Considering that the users express all their satisfaction in line with their design features and their experiences, the importance of these two concepts is clearly understood.

Now I can hear you ask questions like "where should I start or how should I proceed?".

Before explaining the 7 steps, I would like to share with you the tools necessary to help you become a UI / UX designer:

Image Editing

- Adobe Photoshop


- Adobe Lightroom

Vector Graphics

- Adobe Illustrator

- Vectr

UI / UX Design and Prototyping

- Figma

- Adobe XD

- Sketch

My personal opinion would be to get Adobe Creative Cloud: All applications. Monthly subscription is affordable, you will have an interface that you're familiar with in all apps, no confusions or complications. Besides, you'll have everything that you need or you might need in the future, its all in one.

Now that you've learned these tools, here are 7 perfectly efficient steps to help you get started to become a UI / UX designer:

1. Learn the Basics

Get the theory (books), view the platform-specific design language documentation. Surveys; make sure that the target audience is selected correctly, and opinions should be taken from the determined audience as a result of surveys, forums and interviews. Users' problems, needs, habits should be well listened and analyzed.

Usage scenarios should be poured into flow charts and an optimum scenario should be revealed. The optimal idea should be put into digital media or on paper in sketches.

If you ask me, it all starts with a sketch. So, here you go:

You can download your high-resolution printable sketch pad here.

Improvements and