The sheer number of topics covered in UX design is mind-boggling: there’s interaction design (the psychology of motion and feedback), design thinking (an iterative, empathy-based problem-solving process), and usability (how easily a product can be used), just to name a few. That’s what makes the field so fascinating to so many people. Whether you are a business manager working on a new product, or an aspiring designer wanting to learn about user-centered design, the field of UX design has something to teach you.
On top of that, UX design is a booming industry worldwide. Job opportunities are increasing for UX designers like never before—an estimated 13% increase from 2010 to 2020. UX designer pays are also moving up, upwards of $110k in cities such as San Francisco and New York.
That’s why we, at the Interaction Design Foundation, put together this ebook. In nine highly readable chapters, we’ll cover a wide range of topics that everyone starting out in UX design should know. Each chapter acts as a mini crash course, introducing key concepts, best practices, and guidelines. At the end of each chapter, we’ll summarize the key learning points in a section called “The Take Away”.