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Best Ways to Learn UI & UX Design

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User Experience (UX) design is becoming one of the most sought after fields both by companies and job seekers. This stems from an increased emphasis on usability in technology, with major companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon being at the forefront of this change.

From online courses to books and videos, there are many ways one can learn more about UX design. There is no “correct” way on how one should go about learning it. After all, UX designers themselves come from a multitude of different fields, as seen from our students. Thus, this article aims to provide you with some ideas on the best ways to learn UX design and how you can structure your learning as a beginner in the field.

Start with the basics

As someone new to the field of UX, it is important to first familiarise yourself with good user interface design principles to build a strong foundation and understanding of the subject.

You can first look into fundamental topics such as:

  • How UX is applied in products and services
  • Key principles of UX (e.g. empathy, accessibility, inclusivity)
  • The UX design processes (e.g. prototyping, user interviews)
  • Different roles available in the UX field (e.g. UX writer, UX designer, UX researcher)

Free online articles are a great way to learn more in this area, with sites like justinmind, uxstudio or our website, that provides great content for beginners. For example, our article “UX Design Explained” provides a brief overview of what UX design is all about.

If you’re looking to get a better understanding or an in-depth look into these concepts, UX books such as About Face by Alan Cooper, Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug or The Element of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett are all highly recommended reads to help you build a strong foundation.

Besides UX, it is also important to read up on the basics of UI (User Interface) and visual design, as they are also an essential part of UX design. For example, a user would not have a good experience using an app with messy texts and blinding colours.

Some UI/Visual designs concepts to read up on are:

  • Typography
  • Colours
  • Alignment and spacing
  • Consistency across platforms

Break down exceptional examples

Now that you’ve got your basics down, you can start to learn by seeing the practices that leading companies implement to create an immersive and engaging user experience on their platforms.

Recall a website or app that you enjoy using, take a look at it and think about what exactly makes this app so enjoyable to use compared to other similar apps. Break down the different elements to see the aspects in which the app have done well.

Take a look at the Airbnb example below. Their webpage features 3 clear areas for users to easily navigate across: The search bar, the main copy and the browsing section below.

Placing the search bar at the top helps users to complete their main goal of visiting the website, which is to search for a place they can stay in within a certain time frame.

The copy is simple yet meaningful in conveying their brand promise and what they can provide for their users — to help them find and create experiences wherever they are.

The last section displays the different types of online programmes available using clear pictures and short descriptions. They are displayed in the form of cards to visually separate the programmes from one another. Although this is not what users typically look for first, it is important as it provides content for users to browse through and discover something that they may enjoy.

There are countless great websites and apps for you to learn from online and hopefully, this provides a brief example of how you can break them down to analyse. If you want to read up on similar content, check out our article breaking down the best UX landing pages as well as our articles on UX best practices (Mobile/Website).

Keeping up with the times

Technology and design are fast-changing fields, with trends that come and go every few years. Remember the times where mobile apps used to be cluttered with buttons and information? Now, most apps prefer a minimalistic and clean look. Mozilla Firefox’s logo alteration serves as a reflection of how visual style preferences changes throughout the years.

As practitioners in UX/UI, it is important to keep up with current UX trends to remain up to date and create products that are competitive and relevant to the users. Learn about new UX trends through observings digital products, online content or even talking with other UX professionals about it.

Some UX trends that caught on in recent years are:

  • The use of micro-interactions
  • Having on-boarding segments
  • Emphasis on inclusivity in designs

Practice, practice and practice

Sometimes the best way to learn UX design is simply to get started. Have a problem you think needs solving? Or an app idea in mind? Take what you’ve learnt in theory and implement them in real-life projects. Creating mock projects not only helps you to practice your skills but also prepares you to work in real-world situations and around people.

Practice going through the UX design processes through your project. First, you can conduct user research on your identified problem with the people around you. Gather their insights and brainstorm ideas and solutions. Once you have your prototype, you can then conduct user testing and use that information to improve on your final product.

Putting your UX skills into practise does not always have to involve large scale respondents or intricate designs. Check out websites like Behance or Dribbble for inspiration into how other practitioners craft and present their UX projects.

Image from Behance

Of course, you can also reach out to others in the field to collaborate and work on projects together. After all, UX is a field that involves extensive collaboration between researchers, designers and so on. Talking to people that are similarly passionate about the subject encourages both parties to further learn from one another.


As you can see, there are many different ways in which one can learn and practice UX design. There are no shortcuts to being a UX designer as one has to constantly learn and adapt to new changes and trends in this digital age.

I hope that this article has given you a better idea of how you can learn and improve your UX skills. If you want to know more about user experience and its industry, do check out our other resources available on our websites, such as our articles, weekly webinars, and podcasts.

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