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Questions to Kickstart a career in UX/UI

All great changes start with asking the right questions

What is UX/UI design?

Let's start with the most pressing question! And it's a tricky one. UX and UI, while mostly mentioned together, are two separate (but complementary!) fields for starters.

Can you tell the difference between the two?

  • User Experience is the complete experience users have on a web page or app.

  • User Interface is the actual design of a product, usually a website/page or app.

  • A UX designer's main focus is to make a product or app more effective and easy to use.

  • A UI designer's main focus is to make a product or app that basically looks and feels great.

But seriously,

What is UX/UI design?

Hear it directly from the source! We asked a few people working in UX and UI in Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq to fill us in.

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Ahmed Khalaf

Freelance UX/UI designer | Amman, Jordan

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Yanal Tayyam

UX/UI designer @ Jawaker | Amman, Jordan

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Ahmed Al-Kheerow

UX Lead @ GreenMusk | Iraq, Erbil

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Payam Abubakr

UI/UX designer @ Nasspay | Erbil, Iraq

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Marc Freiha

UX/UI Lead @ FOO | Beirut, Lebanon

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Hala Habr

UX/UI Designer @ FOO | Beirut, Lebanon

What do people love about UX and UI?

Well, here you can meet some of the UX and UI movers and shakers in Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon! Check out what people love about this space and pick up a few pieces of advice to inspire your journey ahead.

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What do UX and UI designers actually do?

The world of UX and UI is constantly evolving and there's a lot to learn! But if you're equipped with a few good questions, you'll be learning more about the day-to-day of a UX/UI designer in no time!

User Experience (UX) designers are busaly busy with ...

User research and interviews

Competitor research

Product strategy and structure

Content development and copy

Coordination with UI designers and developers

Testing, validation, and iteration

Wireframing

UX/UI designers are a combination of the two!

This means that they're usually busy with some combination of the bove. Depending on the company, a UX/UI designer might be more focused on the UX or the UI of the product- a fun balancing act!

User Interface (UI) designers are usually busy with..

Design research

Visual design: typography, colors, graphics,

Animation, and user interaction

Responsive design across devices

Wireframing and prototyping

Branding

Communication with developers

So, what do you think?

Do you have what it takes to become a UX/UI designer?

Find out in just 8 simple questions!

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Yalla! Let's do it!

How can I start my own UX/UI journey?

Self-Learning

Many designers first get their start by searching the web for resources, videos, and how-tos to learn more about UX/UI.

Interested in this path? Designers usually get started on YouTube. A UX/UI favorite are videos from NNGroup.

Find out more here

Course Learning

Some are able to pursue online and in-person courses that are specifically dedicated to UX/UI.

Interested in this path? This free 6-day course from CareerFoundry can help get you started in UX!

Find out more here

On-the-job Learning

Some people start as graphic designers and slowly take on more and more tasks in UX and UI at their company, learning on the job.

Interested in this path? Ask your employer about opportunities to explore more UX or UI tasks. This article can support you in asking for more/different responsibility!

Find out more here

Institutional Learning

If you're lucky, a local university might have a module or course covering some UX/UI basics.

Interested in this path? Ask your local universities/colleges, often you’ll find them in design or tech degrees. None available? You can consider this list of international universities that offer degrees.

Find out more here

Bootcamps

Immersive bootcamps can be a great way to learn and get hands-on experience in UX/UI, all while building a network!

Interested in this path? Sign up to be the first to know about upcoming (free!) Re:Coded UX/UI bootcamps!

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How have other’s kickstarted their careers in UX/UI?

Every career needs to start somewhere, but how some of the most succesful UX/UI Designers from Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq start their journey into the world of UX/UI design.

What journey do you think you’d take from here?

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Hala Habr

Beirut, Lebanon

When Hala transitioned from architecture to UX design, she found one core similarity: experience design.

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Marc Freiha

Beirut, Lebanon

When applying to his first UX/UI role, Marc found that his pointed questions and curiosity helped him land a high-paying role.

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Ahmad Khalaf

Amman, Jordan

To enter the growing UX/UI community in Jordan, Ahmad put himself out there by building a solid UX/UI portfolio with freelance clients.

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Payam Abubakr

Erbil, Iraq

After graduating from a UX/UI bootcamp, Payam looked for a chance to work with growing tech companies and landed her first job before graduation.

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Ahmed Al-Kheerow

Erbil, Iraq

When building his own company, Ahmed found there was a core piece missing in the business: good design.

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Yanal Tayyam

UX/UI designer @ Jawaker | Amman, Jordan

I’m ready to kickstart my UX/UI journey!

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