#1 Being a UX designer is a journey of continuous learning

The field of UX is still new and constantly evolving and expanding. Underlying technologies are also constantly evolving and expanding as well.

As a result, UX designers are in a constant stream of new things to learn, on top of a pile of fundamental things to begin with.

Fundamentals such as…user-centered design, task flow, use cases, storyboards, wireframes, information architecture, interaction design, prototypes, visual design, motion design, multi-modal experience, design iteration, user story, user journey map, end to end user experience, OOBE, brainstorming, affinity map…/etc.

Design tools such as…Sketch, Adobe XD, Axure, invision, Balsamiq, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Edge…/etc.

User research components such as…user test, usability test, ethnography test, qualitative research, quantitative research, survey, focus group, contextual inquiry, A/B testing, user research findings, persona, empathy map…/etc.

User research tools such as…Survey Monkey, Typeform, Google forms…/etc.

Analytics tools such as…Google Analytics and so on.

UX process, methodology, and concepts such as…iterative design process, lean design process, user behavior models, design thinking, design system, inclusive design, accessibility, responsive design…/etc.

UX trends such as …flat design, micro interaction, voice interaction, chatbot, data visualization, automation…/etc.

New technology trends such as…AI, Machine learning, robotics, VR, AR, voice assistants, self-driving cars…/etc.

Larger product team process and management tools such as…agile methodology, Jira, Confluence, sharepoint, box, dropbox, webex, Kano Model…/etc.

The list goes on and on…

New technology enables new user experience, which requires a new interaction paradigm.

New UX process, techniques and tools changes the way UX designers work.

How do I keep up with all these?

Sit back and relax. No one can take everything all at once!

Everyone learns things over time. Just set a priority, and take one at a time at your own pace.

Enjoy the learning process as you go.

The fact that the world of UX is still evolving and expanding makes it so dynamic and exciting to be a UX designer!

As long as you enjoy learning new things, you will be OK!

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