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User Interface (UI) design courses to take your business to the next level

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User interface design skills can help your business stand out in the crowd.


By U2B Staff 

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Looking to revamp your business or personal website? Or maybe you are looking to pick up a new skill to get a better job? Now’s the time to do it as it’s a tough job market and unemployment rates are skyrocketing.

If you want to stand out from the pack, you’ll need a snazzy and attractive website or app for your business or public profile that’s also functional and user-friendly.

With so many online courses in user interface design out there, you don’t necessarily need to hire a website developer or graphic designer to build or refresh a website, or even create an app. There’s no time like the present to try your hand at upgrading your business on your own or at least mastering the basics.

Developing skills in user interface design is also a great way to get your foot in the door if you’re looking to start a new side hustle that could even lead to a whole new career.

According to CNBC Make It, “Graphic designers who focus on UI, or user interface (which basically means designing the way users interact with a product like an app or website via the buttons they click or the text entry fields that use, etc.), can earn $185 to $6,300 on app projects.”

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Why is user interface in design important?

User interface and user experience go hand-in-hand, and you can’t really have one without the other. So what’s the difference?

Ken Norton – Partner at Google Ventures, Ex-Product Manager at Google explained, “Start with a problem we’d like to solve. UX design is focused on anything that affects the user’s journey to solve that problem, positive or negative, both on-screen and off. UI design is focused on how the product’s surfaces look and function.

“The user interface is only a piece of that journey. I like the restaurant analogy I’ve heard others use: UI is the table, chair, plate, glass, and utensils. UX is everything from the food, to the service, parking, lighting and music.”

Scott Jenson – Product Strategist at Google, gave another explanation, “I don’t get too wrapped up in this distinction as they frequently are used interchangeably. However, when pressed, I see the UI as focusing on the product, a series of snapshots in time.

“The UX focuses on the user and their journey through the product. The UI tends to be the specifics of screens, focusing on labels, visual style, guidelines, and structure.”

According to Eric Bieller, a course designer at Career Foundry, a person who works as a UI designer is responsible for the look and feel of an application, and you should be asking yourself questions such as “do the colours well together?” and “how is typography used to convey meaning and hierarchy?”

He also wrote, “As a UI designer you’ll work very closely with UX designers, whose job typically consists of talking with customers to determine requirements, building user profiles and creating user stories to show how a user will work their way through your application. From this point, it’s up to you to build a clean and functional design based on the requirements they’ve gathered.”

If you’re interested in learning more about UI/UX design, you don’t necessarily need a degree Graphic Design. Choose from the variety of user interface design online courses and specialisations in this vein to get started and learn from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace.

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