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15 Simple Habits That Will Help You Become a Better UX Designer

by Adedolapo Olisa

July 7, 2020


Becoming a better UX Designer requires discipline, honing of skills, building habits and evolving. Here’s a list of 15 habits you can develop to get better.

Becoming a UX Designer requires much more than just being able to turn on the computer, and designing something that wows. It takes discipline, honing of skills, building habits and evolving.

As a newbie in the UX design world, you might feel a self-induced pressure to impress and build a portfolio almost immediately. Always remember that Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.

That being said, here are 15 simple habits that will help you become a better UX Designer and if you’ve been in the design space for long, there’s no harm adding something new to your ‘habit list‘.

#Habit One: Understanding Your Users

Why? They are the reason why your field exists. ‘User’ Experience. Whatever you do revolves around them. Having a detailed understanding of what works for them is the secret sauce to your success. As a UX designer, if the User doesn’t matter to you, then you’ve failed.

#Habit Two: Keep Up With Trends and Patterns

Things change every day. Keep tabs on the latest industry best practices, tools, design styles and methods etc. Except you want to be a 90s UX Designer in 2020, you should keep up with happenings in the industry.

#Habit Three: Take Notes

Every time you have a good idea, don’t rely on your memory. Always remember that human memory is fallible. Make a quick note or create a raw sketch in your notepad

#Habit Four: Regularly Surf A Design Newsfeed

Expand your mind. Get inspired by other designers. Get a new perspective of design styles. You can visit websites like Behance, Dribbble, Awwwards to find design inspirations.

#Habit Five: Expand Your Toolset

Don’t just settle for one tool as a UX designer. Explore other tools for your designs. You can read about some tools you can try here.

#Habit Six: Unplug For A While

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It’s okay to take a break and connect with other parts of your life. You can hang out with friends, learn a new language, or even try new food recipes. Working hard all the time won’t take you far. It’s easy to reach a burnout state – a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive stress.

#Habit Seven: Avoid Using Jargon

Communication is key. The way you talk to other people is crucial. When other people don’t understand what you’re saying, it creates confusion or misunderstanding both inside your team and with your users. Most people don’t use the technical terms that UX Designers use. That’s why when you talk with non-UX peers, it’s much better to use simple words to describe complex things.

Other Habits

  1. Ask Questions
  2. Collaborate with other designers
  3. Be efficient
  4. Stay inspired daily.
  5. Welcome constructive criticism
  6. Do that side project you’ve been thinking of
  7. Be Humble
  8. Repeat


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Adedolapo Olisa

Adedolapo Olisa

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