Recently, I’ve been receiving similar questions from a lot of people:
- How can I get more into UI/UX?
- I’m a programmer/marketing manager/social media strategist and I want to know more about design. Where do I start?
- How do you know what is good design and bad design?
- What does it take to become a designer?
“How do I start?”This question brings me back to when I first started my career. 7 years ago, I’m on my first day of my first design job. I’m sitting in front a blank Photoshop file on an iMac (I was a Windows user back then). I’m trying to grasp what my manager just briefed me about. I have no idea how to start. Blank.
Before landing that job, I had just graduated from university with a Multimedia degree. So, why did I not know anything about design?
Well, universities don’t teach us practical design. Most university courses only teach us theory and sometimes teach us how to use design tools like Adobe Suite. But that’s not enough — not even close.
1. Familiarize yourself with UI principles.
Before practicing design, the first thing you need to do is learn some design principles. From this, you’ll be able to enter the design world and start thinking “creatively”. You will learn the psychological aspects of design: why it can look good and why it can fail.
Here are some basic principles you should know about.
Color vocabulary, fundamentals and the psychology of colors.
Principles of design: Color
Symmetry and assymetry.
Principles of design: Balance
Using contrast to organize information, build hierarchy and create focus.
Principles of design: contrast
Choosing fonts and creating readable text on the web.
10 Principles Of Readability And Web Typography
The most important principle, creating intuitive and usable designs starts here.
Design principle: Consistency
Here are some great do’s and don’ts to design a good UI.