How to Become a UX Designer: Envato’s Top UX Learning Pathways

Want to know how to become a UX designer? From online courses and tutorials to trends and templates, here's how to get started in UX design.

How to Become a UX Designer
Portrait for Hannah CopelandBy Hannah Copeland  |  Updated July 27, 2023

UX (User Experience) design is about creating intuitive, efficient interfaces that deliver the right experience for the intended user. UX design is one of the most sought-after skill sets in the tech industry, offering many exciting career opportunities for aspiring designers. But how do you go from user experience enthusiast to professional UX designer? Read on to discover all the helpful UX learning pathways available through Envato. 

What Is UX Design? 

UX design (User Experience design) is the art of crafting the experience customers have when they interact with your brand. Whether you’re designing a product, system, or service, UX design is about creating a seamless, efficient, and ultimately positive experience for the user. 

UX designers are the brains behind this process – their job is to make the user experience as enjoyable, easy, and accessible as possible. While this role is often associated with web or app design, the term is now used more broadly across various business functions. Good UX design can significantly impact a brand’s success by improving SEO, increasing customer referrals, and establishing domain authority. 

How to Become a UX Designer

UX designers must have an eye for design, an ability to use design software, and a knack for user research and usability testing. If this sounds like you, but you’re unsure how to get started, you’ve come to the right place.

Envato has a rich ecosystem of resources to help you on your UX learning journey, no matter your skill level. From free tutorials and courses to wireframes and prototypes, here are some of the top UX learning pathways to explore if you’re ready to get started with UX design. 

1. What Is UX Design? 

If you’re new to UX, What is UX Design? on Tuts+ provides a great introduction to UX design, giving you all the building blocks you need to learn about the role of a UX designer. Covering the core areas of UX, such as usability, visual design, information architecture, user experience design processes, and design skills, this article is essential for those wanting to understand this design field better. 

2. Getting Started With UX Design

This Elements Blog post on Getting Started With UX Design gives designers the low down on how to break into the industry, best practices, and a list of suggested tools for beginners. 

Covering all the key fundamentals, such as how to get into UX design, the best UX tools for beginners, and how to use Adobe XD, this blog details the tools, talents, and skills you’ll need to begin your UX design career and take your knowledge to the next level. 

3. Adobe XD for Beginners – Free Course

Adobe XD is a super popular UI and UX design app that enables designers to create websites, mobile apps, icons, and more. We have various resources available for those wanting to brush up on Adobe XD – such as this free course, Adobe XD for Beginners. If you’re not quite a beginner but still looking to advance your skills, try this Advanced Adobe XD Free Course

4. UI Design Course

While UX refers to a user’s experience while interacting with a product, UI design is all about creating the elements they interact with – such as the screens, buttons, toggles, icons, and other visual elements you engage with when using a website, app, or electronic device.

While UX and UI serve different purposes in design, there’s no doubt that the two disciplines go hand in hand. So, if you want to complement your UX skills with UI know-how, this UI Design course will teach you everything you need to know, including how to wireframe a fictional app. 

5. Keep Up with Hot Topics & Trends 

Once you’ve nailed down the basics, it’s time to delve deeper! If you’re keen to explore more niche UX content – such as industry updates, new tools and programs, and the latest UX trends – plenty of articles, videos, and courses are available on the Elements Blog and our YouTube Channels.

Check out some great content below: 

6. Streamline Your UX Design Process with Templates

Once you’ve learned the UX design fundamentals, crushed all the courses, and read up on all the hottest trends, you’re ready to apply your learnings! Subscribe to Envato Elements for unlimited downloads of hundreds of wireframe templates, including iPhone Wireframe Kits, UI Kits, and Dashboard UI Kits.

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