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43 - Next steps to becoming an amazing UI designer


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All right, now it's time for the next steps. What do I do now, I've finished the course. I'm getting started in UI, what can I do next?

Now, you can stay as a UI designer, and just keep practicing those skills, getting more work, build portfolio, just do the designs, kind of on the Illustrator side, supplying files and bits of css to our web developer, but if you want to go a bit further then the next step would be to look at doing that kind of web stuff yourself.

To get started, it's HTML and css, so that kind of coding. You can do it quite visually. I’ve got a course, ‘Dreamweaver for Bootstrap’. That keeps it quite visual using something like Dreamweaver, and we don't get too heavy in the code. You can definitely do that as a web designer, or you might want to go on even further and-- To be a fully-fledged front end web designer you really need to understand the code. There's another course I've got, 'Coding for Designers,' or 'Coding Your First Website." Go check that one out, that uses Dreamweaver as well. 

So that could be the next step, you design it in Illustrator, build it in something like Dreamweaver. If you don't want to use Dreamweaver, that's fine, there's other programs you can start to learn to code in. Commodore's one. I can't think of the rest of them. Sublime too is probably the most popular one in my circles at the moment. It's just another code editor like Dreamweaver.

What else can you do? You can build up your skills in another design program like Photoshop, I've got a course on how to build-- Exactly what I've done in Illustrator pretty much, but doing that in Photoshop. So you got both tools to start using, you might find that if you're looking for work they might lean on one or the other, so you can go do that as well.

What else can you do? You can start using something like Muse, maybe, so you can design some stuff, and use Muse to build the site, it's definitely no code. I've got a course on Muse as well. What course? Let me think. 

Another thing you might consider is maybe taking your design skills, design it in Illustrator, and then maybe build up in WordPress. WordPress is probably the biggest CMS in the whole entire inter-web. You can kind of design it up in Illustrator, and then kind of build something called themes in WordPress, that might be the direction you go.

You might just stay as a web designer, many a people do, and that's totally fine. I like, both doing the design, and the kind of the build, but you might just stay with the design side, you might have other things you work on, and you're just doing some design stuff as part of that.

Probably, the crowning glory, at least in my opinion at the moment, is taking your UI work and adding a level of research and testing to it. Essentially becoming a UX designer. Go check out how to become a UX designer, it's another course that I've got. It adds a level that I love in terms of business understanding, and it's-- 

UI design is quite sought after now, UX design, at the moment, uses your skills from UI, but builds on that, without the tools, and other techniques, and that is in crazy demand at the moment. Most people say, "I want a UX/UI designer." They’re a bit different, but UX could be our progression for you, and it's paying really well at the moment. Yes, that might be the thing you go and do.

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