Hired is excited to announce we’re partnering with Designlab, a mentor-led online education program for tomorrow’s leaders in UX/UI design. To help answer some of the questions top-of-mind for future-focused designers, we sat down with Harish Venkatesan, Co-Founder & CEO of Designlab.
Here’s what Harish believes is next for UX/UI design:
HV: Anyone with the right design experience can create “good enough” UX and UI designs. But in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, good enough isn’t going to cut it.
Earning a career in UX/UI design is more popular than ever — it’s an in-demand job that allows design thinkers to be both creative and technical, and the pay is pretty good, too. But as with any up-and-coming career, more popularity means more competition (with both humans and robots).
Designers have finally earned a place at the table—so listen, take notes, and seek to learn from a variety of perspectives on how you can drive business outcomes with thoughtful design. Designers of the future will be generalists—well-rounded professionals with competence in all areas of UX/UI design, including:
HV: UX writing is becoming an important skill for designers, but it’s often overlooked. As well as creating meaningful copy to use instead of placeholder text during the design process, designers are increasingly expected to write about their process on the company blog, and to contribute snippets of text for email marketing campaigns or UI mockups.
Many large companies—including Amazon, Google, and Facebook—have UX writers on their teams. In the years ahead, we’re going to see more and more companies embracing this role.
HV: In the past 10 years, UX/UI design has tended to refer to the creation of digital products—usually websites and mobile apps. As we look to the future of UX/UI design, we’ll see UX/UI designers looking beyond digital interfaces and addressing user experience more holistically.
Here are a few predictions for the future of UX/UI design in 2020 and beyond.
As with any career, the best way to prepare yourself for an evolving workforce is to stay up-to-date on the latest software and tools, best practices, and new discoveries. At Designlab, we offer a variety of part-time and full-time courses to help you future-proof your UX/UI design career.
If you’re already well within your design career, Hired can match you with your next dream design job with top companies such as Wayfair, PayPal, Zillow and more at hired.com/designlab.