Dessin moi un mouton Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
Dessin moi un mouton or Draw me a tree … No, that’s not the ultimate task you need to identify your future UX Designer, although some psychoanalysts might agree with that type of approach. But before looking for any hard or soft skills, one thing you should do, first thing:
How he finds the content, how he consumes the content and where. How can you ever design a web experience if you didn’t experience yourself everything’s that’s out there? How can you come up with patterns that speak to the mental models of your audience if you didn’t experience them yourself? If you didn’t click randomly on crazy designed buttons just for the fun of it …
Here’s a simple example: Whats the first thing that comes into your mind when the client says: “Search feature will play a key role in how our users look for information” ?
Some UX Designers will draw a bigger input text box and a submit button and “let the visual designer take it from here, my work is done”.
And some, will try to remember all the amazing websites that they’ve consumed in the past 2 weeks that had amazing search features, great interactions and try them all over again, but this time with a certain goal in their heads. And soon after, the perfect combination is there, you just have to “see” it.
Soon after, your great creation also needs to be validated. You need to think of the medium, the browser. What if your interactions cannot be possible because your users are not using the latest browser, what’s the fallback and how can you get the most of your amazing design. That’s the second thing your UX Designer needs to know. The medium. You cannot be a zealot with your designs. You need to know how the browser works! Maybe 15 years ago you didn’t have too, but these days you cannot be a UX Designer if you don’t know the medium that you’re designing for.
We all act on patterns. We all live and act on past experiences. And based on those experiences we create patterns of behaviour. Same thing applies for your future UX Designer. He needs to have experienced everything, he needs to see what other people have seen before you can trust him to be the crusader of your next experience.
Dessin moi un mouton …
Si quelqu’un veut un mouton, c’est la preuve qu’il en existe un.
More amazing read on this topic:
How to evaluate a UX Designer for your company or what makes a great UX Designer – by Whitney Hess
The best interview question for hiring UX Designers – by Jared Spool
The person they’ll become – by Jason Fried