Profession user interface designer

User interface designers are in charge of designing user interfaces for applications and systems. They perform layout, graphics and dialogues design activities as well as adaptation activities.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • ICT security legislation

    The set of legislative rules that safeguards information technology, ICT networks and computer systems and legal consequences which result from their misuse. Regulated measures include firewalls, intrusion detection, anti-virus software and encryption.

  • World Wide Web Consortium standards

    The standards, technical specifications and guidelines developed by the international organisation World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which allow the design and development of web applications.

  • Web programming

    The programming paradigm that is based on combining markup (which adds context and structure to text) and other web programming code, such as AJAX, javascript and PHP, in order to carry out appropriate actions and visualise the content.

  • Human-computer interaction

    The study of the behaviour and interaction between digital devices and human beings.

  • Software interaction design

    The methodologies for designing interaction between users and a software product or service to satisfy the needs and preferences of most of the people who will interface with the product and to simplify the communication between product and user such as Goal-oriented design.

  • Software UI design patterns

    The reusable solutions and formalised best practices to solve common user interface tasks in software development and design.

  • ICT accessibility standards

    The recommendations for making ICT content and applications more accessible to a wider range of people, mostly with disabilities, such as blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss and cognitive limitations. It includes standards such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

  • Task algorithmisation

    The techniques to convert unstructured descriptions of a process into step-by-step sequence of actions of a finite number of steps.

  • Application usability

    The process through which the learnability, efficiency, usefulness and ease of use of a software application can be defined and measured.

  • Graphics editor software

    The field of graphical ICT tools which enable digital editing and composition of graphics, such as GIMP, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, to develop both 2D raster or 2D vector graphics.

Skills

  • Create website wireframe

    Develop an image or set of images that display the functional elements of a website or page, typically used for planning a website's functionality and structure.

  • Test system accessibility for users with special needs

    Examine whether software interface complies with standards and regulations so that the system can be used by people with special needs.

  • Define technical requirements

    Specify technical properties of goods, materials, methods, processes, services, systems, software and functionalities by identifying and responding to the particular needs that are to be satisfied according to customer requirements.

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

  • Translate requirement concepts into visual design

    Develop visual design from given specifications and requirements, based on the analysis of the scope and target audience. Create a visual representation of ideas such as logos, website graphics, digital games and layouts.

  • Manage online content

    Ensure the website content is up to date, organised, attractive and meets the target audience needs, the requirements of the company and international standards by checking the links, setting the publishing time framework and order.

  • Use markup languages

    Utilise computer languages, that are syntactically distinguishable from the text, to add annotations to a document, specify layout and process types of documents such as HTML.

  • Assess users' interaction with ICT applications

    Evaluate how users interact with ICT applications in order to analyse their behaviour, draw conclusions (for instance about their motives, expectations and goals) and improve applications' functionalities.

  • Design user interface

    Create software or device components which enable interaction between humans and systems or machines, using appropriate techniques, languages and tools so as to streamline interaction while using the system or machine.

  • Interact with users to gather requirements

    Communicate with users to identify their requirements and collect them. Define all relevant user requirements and document them in an understandable and logical way for further analysis and specification.

  • Utilise methodologies for user centered design

    Use design methodologies in which the needs, wishes and limitations of end users of a product, service or process are given extensive attention at each stage of the design process.

  • Draw design sketches

    Create rough pictures to assist in creating and communicating design concepts.

  • Design process

    Identify the workflow and resource requirements for a particular process, using a variety of tools such as process simulation software, flowcharting and scale models.

  • Build business relationships

    Establish a positive, long-term relationship between organisations and interested third parties such as suppliers, distributors, shareholders and other stakeholders in order to inform them of the organisation and its objectives.

  • Design graphics

    Apply a variety of visual techniques in order to design graphic material. Combine graphical elements to communicate concepts and ideas.

Optional knowledge and skills

prototyping development lisp swift openedge advanced business language scratch abap matlab software design methodologies gimp spiral development java natural language processing iterative development incremental development prolog sketchbook pro agile project management manage localisation process-based management c# create software design groovy apl smalltalk sap r3 rapid application development vbscript cognitive psychology coffeescript r microsoft visio asp.net common lisp agile development sas language ruby lean project management business process modelling pascal erlang scala visual basic assembly computer programming ict project management methodologies devops synfig objective-c perform online data analysis adobe illustrator php adobe photoshop typescript quality standards perl analyse business requirements c++ cobol python javascript haskell ajax ml waterfall development

Common job titles

  • Ux/ui designer
  • Visual designer
  • Interaction designer
  • Ui designer
  • User interface designer
  • Ux designer
  • Ui developer
  • User interface designer
  • Web-ui developer