Thanks DN: Am I a real UI designer? (3 year update)

over 5 years ago from Marcus H, Design by Marcus

  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

    I would say yes, you are definitely a real UI designer, quite good one too - I remember your posts from previous years and it's good to see the progress.

    The question is, what next? The way I see things, there are two ways to grow from here: either stop following trends and the work of others and start thinking about your own ideas and become one of those insanely creative designers that come up with truly fresh stuff (think http://oberhaeuser.info or https://www.craftedbygc.com), or you start looking at the other half of product design: UX, and start delivering value by considering way more than how things look. I don't think you can achieve much more by following the same path and as others have said, your work this year is not worlds ahead of what you had last year.

    Anyway, that's my 2c, keep it up.

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    • Marcus H, over 5 years ago

      Hi Cristian,

      Thanks for the awesome reply. I've been reflecting on that exact question you posed for the past few months. I'm definitely going to work towards the latter, I'm sure my designs can still improve but just like last years to this years progress it's going be much more incremental rather than quantumn leaps.

      I have a few books and the odd course about UX and delivering value and that's what I plan to concentrate on this year. This way I'll be a more rounded designer and I'll also be able to take on larger parts of projects rather than just the visual.

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      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

        The same problem has been on my mind also for a few years and what I came to realise is that past a certain point, the only way to grow becomes being in an environment where you can actually work on complex problem and have people who are better than you to learn from / discuss ideas with / etc.

        In the meantime, I found some of the people here to be super helpful: https://twitter.com/72mena/status/889971011948498945 (I could privately share my notes with what I learned from the people I spoke to if you'd like).

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