As a former developer who has become a designer
There’s a few things I’d suggest. First and foremost, start working on designs! If you have the ability, find a mentor who is already a UI/UX designer and start working with them on projects. I found I learned more by actually working on projects and absorbing knowledge from people who have been doing this for years than I ever did from reading a book. Growing South Florida Marketing Company is seeking a dedicated,
Talented front end developer/designer with at least 3 years Web Design / Development experience.
- Competitive Salary / Profit Sharing
- Flexible schedule
- Excellent Design Skills, Attention to Typography
- Smart, self-starter with attention to detail and excellent communication skills
- Creative coupled with great analytical skills
- Obsessed with writing beautiful code
- 3+ years experience with advanced/custom CSS, HTML, JQuery and WordPress
- Ability to convert design comps into fully functional WordPress themes
- Familiar with SEO and all social media outlets
- Familiar with version control
Bonus if you:
- Understand and enjoy HTTP and RESTful web applications.
That being said, if you do want to read up on UI/UX/etc., I’d take a look at this excellent thread:Must-read User Interface Book? I think my personal favourite is Steve Krug’s “Don’t Make Me Think” – but I’m sure you’ll find your own favourite eventually.
Lastly, with respect to tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, etc… don’t worry about it! Ultimately you’ll find the tools that work best for you. Personally, I start with pencil and paper mockups, then depending on the project I’ll either move to something in Balsamiq, or Axure, or sometimes straight HTML and CSS – it really depends on the project’s size, scope, etc. Use whatever is most comfortable for you. At the end of the day all that matters is that you clearly communicate your vision for your design, not what tool you used to do it.
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