What does a User Experience Designer do?
Simply put, a User Experience Designer designs the experience that an end user has with their company's product or website. This can take the form of designing wireframes, mapping out user journeys, and ensures that design can be translated into successful, viable code.
What is the typical background of a User Experience Designer?
A User Experience Designer, or a UX Designer, typically has several years of experience working on product and design teams. They may also have a background in graphic design, or with other roles in tech, before pivoting to UX design. In order to be successful in more senior or managerial roles, a User Experience Designer may also need several years of experience in leading a team of designers or design strategy.
What are some of the typical responsibilities of a User Experience Designer?
To design new product features: A User Experience Designer will need to have full responsibility for the design of new product features, and in some instances, even new products.
To effectively represent mockups and concepts: A User Experience Designer will often need to represent different prototypes or wireframes for review, and collect feedback from their various stakeholders.
To troubleshoot and adjust designs: A User Experience Designer will need experience in editing and adjusting designs over time, as the product evolves, or other changes are made that impact design.
How is a User Experience Designer different from other design roles?
A User Experience Designer designs the experience of a product, but their sole focus isn’t just aesthetics (other designers, like graphic designers, will focus more heavily on marketing or sales materials). Instead, User Experience Designers are focused more on the satisfaction of the customer - does the product design clearly lead the customer down the intended path? Does the design leave the customer satisfied?
Other design roles, like Product Designers, are involved in the design of a product after it has launched - and may be responsible for additional metrics, like product-market fit, or how a product fits within an industry, in addition to User Experience Design.
While both Product Designers and User Experience Designers will need to have experience with programs like Figma, and low-level coding programs, a Product Designer may need slightly more technical experience (working with engineers to improve certain functions of an app, for example).
What are some of the skills a successful User Experience Designer should have?
- A thorough understanding of the end user and customer experience: The customer or user journey should be at the forefront of User Experience Design. Designing an optimal and intuitive experience for customers is critical for the success of any product.
- Robust experience with design platforms like Figma or Sketch: A successful User Experience Designer should be adept in one or more design programs, and should be able to showcase a portfolio of work that was built with these programs.
What are some of the typical job titles of a User Experience Designer?
We’ve recruited for several different User Experience Design roles, including:
- UI/UX Designer
- Senior UI/UX Designer