Companies hire T-shaped UX designers.
UX is becoming more in demand every year and companies are beginning to understand that a UX designer cannot only make a beautiful and easy-to-use product, but they can also help realize the business strategy and conduct research.
“I'm great at this one thing and familiar with all this other stuff”
- Tim Brown
The term “T-shaped” describes people who have depth of skill and experience in one discipline, represented by the vertical stroke, while also having breadth via skills and experience across other disciplines, represented by the horizontal stoke.
- UX skills
Research, Information Architecture, Wireframing, Prototyping, Visual Communication, Testing, Interaction Design, Personas, Storyboarding, Sketching, Writing Specs.
- Business skills
Marketing, Project management and planning, Delegation and time management, Networking, Goal setting, Public speaking and presentation skills, Relationship building, Entrepreneurial and Innovation skills, Desire to learn, Flexibility and adaptability.
- Teamwork skills
Curiosity, Empathy, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Time management, Listening, Leadership, Decision-Making, Persuasion and Influencing Skills, Feedback Skills, Conflict resolution.
- Technical skills
- Graphic design
Typography, Print design, Photography, Branding, Design Principles, Creativity.
There is no better time than now for designers and the question is, should you be a generalist or a specialist designer?
You don’t have to choose. It turns out neither of them alone is enough. A combination of both makes you more valuable, employable, collaborative, and flexible. A great designer needs to know a lot about multiple things.