How do I become a Senior Designer?

over 1 year ago from Jennifer Nguyen, UI/UX Designer

  • Jennifer Nguyen, over 1 year ago

    Can you please elaborate on what you mean by “start designing like one”? As you said in the beginning of your post, you’re a Senior but there are intermediate designers who could run circles around you. So what exactly separates a Senior from everyone else if it’s just a title? You touched upon it a little bit (hiring, buying fonts, etc.) but I’m more curious about how they design differently.

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    • Account deleted over 1 year ago

      That's a pretty broad question, but for me the things that stand out are an excellent understanding of Typography, Spacing and contrast. What i meant by having intermediate designers that are better than me, is that titles are often misleading. What I mean't by designing like a senior is; Have a look at the best designers on behance and dribbble and aim to design to a visual level equal to them.

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    • i. Sundsethi. Sundseth, over 1 year ago

      Although the basics like typography, spacing, contrast, information hierarchy, etc are all important, the thing that separates a Senior Product/UX Designer from a Jr. or Midlevel is a holistic view of the product design cycle, and experience with more than just ux/ui. You should work on soft skills, pitching, presenting your work, and dabble in research and drafting product requirements as well.

      A Senior Designer should be able to pinch hit for a PM, basically, or at least have a deep understanding of what makes a good experience. There's lot of books, but the best teacher is experience. Anyone can throw up some good work on dribbbl by copying other's work or using a sketch UI kit, but those candidates always fall apart in panel interviews because they don't have a deep understanding of why they made the visual/ux/ui decisions they did.

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