UX designer

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What does a UX Designer do?

It’s no secret to anyone that the IT industry is one of the most well-paid, so thousands of students and professionals from other industries every year consider obtaining an IT profession. The industry is quite broad, and there are numerous professions to choose from. In this article, we are going to talk about what is a UX Designer in particular. Here we discuss the professional responsibilities, skills, and of course, salary range.

What is UX Design?

UX is an abbreviation of User Experience. This term is used to define how users interact with a product and how satisfied they are with it. UX Design is a multifaceted concept comprising a variety of elements such as interactive design, information presentation, visual design, ease of use, and overall user enjoyment of the product use. The aim of UX Design is to better the customers’ satisfaction with the product. This is achieved through thorough work based on research on the improvement of usability, functionality, and constant service bettering. Basically, the UX Design process means the creation of useful, easy-to-use, and enjoyable products.

How to become a UX designer in India?

  • Learn UX design principles.

  • Take a UX design online course or get an education at a university.

  • Learn key UX design tools.

  • Work on your own projects to develop your UX design skills.

  • Create a portfolio on Behance to showcase your work. 

  • Apply for junior position vacancies or try to find first customers on freelance websites.

  • Apply to relevant UX design jobs.

UX Designer skills

  1. Ability to perform research. The whole UX process is based on the research results. You should not expect that good ideas and solutions will come out of nowhere. They are found based on the customer needs and expectations, information which can be obtained through various research methods.
  2. Good communication skills. If you are not an expert programmer, to create a successful IT product, you need to work with a team of technical professionals. 
  3. Ability to create prototypes. Prototyping apps and other IT products is an important element of the product creation process. It is needed to demonstrate the key functions of the project and attract investments for future development. There are multiple tools for this task, so you have to know how to work with them.
  4. Proficiency in working with text. The ability to write clearly and concisely is an underestimated skill that is, in fact, as important as working with layouts. 
  5. Understanding of visual communications. The ability to communicate a message through visuals is an important ability of any designer.
  6. Empathy. We mean the ability to put yourself in another person's shoes.
  7. Interaction design skills. You can develop an attractive design, but neglect how the users will use it, and the product will fail.
  8. Programming skills. UX Designer is a profession that requires cross-skills from different professions, including technical skills. 
  9. Analytic skills. Before a product launch into the market, you need to know how well it is working. For this, testing and analytics are used.
  10. Public speech and presentation skills. These skills are crucial at all stages of product development. First, you have to use them to attract needed investments.

UX Designer roles and responsibilities

UX Designer’s main responsibility is to ensure that the user experience is enjoyable, and if it’s not, find the solutions to the existing problems promptly and effectively. The information on the product’s initial features and actions aimed at their subsequent refinement is based on various research methods surveys, testing, and analysis of the obtained data. UX specialists work alongside UI Designers and are accountable for user interface usability. UI professionals define how the interface looks, and UX is accountable for the functionality and work of the interface. If the interface works well and the users have a good experience using it, then the tasks are fulfilled. But if the navigation is complex and counterintuitive, users won’t be satisfied, and it means that the UX Designer failed.

UX Designer tools

  1. Google. UX Designer is a profession that requires constantly broadening your horizons and acquiring new knowledge. 
  2. Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD. These are simplified graphic editors for prototype Design. These tools are preferred by professionals in the field because they have just the right functionality and features.
  3. InVision Studio,, Marvel, Origami. It is prototyping software that helps create wireframes, maps, and interfaces for product prototypes.
  4. Zeplin. It is a tool that transforms the interface into CSS and offers a perfect solution for transferring the project to a team of developers.
  5. Google Analytics. You need to use this tool to gather information on how your website works through quantitative data.
  6. Flowmap, Balsamiq. These are strategic planning tools that help define the strategy before you start working on a project. They help to structure information and create website maps, wireframes, etc.
  7. Bugsee, Appsee, Hotjar. These tools help to conduct quality research, for instance, find bugs and errors in apps, gather analytic information about the website and feedback through tests, questionnaires, etc.
  8. User Report, Usabilla. These are the tools for user testing that can be incorporated into the product to collect feedback and questionnaires.

Difference between UI and UX Designer

UX Design is accountable for the product functions and emotions that a user has when using the product. The easier to use is the interface, the more satisfaction the users will have. UI Design is accountable for the attractiveness of the visual components of the product, i.e., icons, menu, buttons, fonts, and so on. UX Designer analyse the actions of the users collect feedback, and improves the product respectively, while UI specialist is responsible for the look of the product. In the actual working process, these two professions are closely related, and it can be hard to draw the line between the responsibilities of these positions.

Top UX design colleges in India

  1. NID (National Institute of Design)
  2. IDC, IIT Bombay
  3. Department of Design, IIT Guwahati
  4. Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore
  5. MAEER’s MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  6. Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI)
  7. D J Academy of Design, Coimbatore
  8. French Institute of Design and Communication, Mumbai
  9. NICC, International College of Design, Bangalore 
  10. Symbiosis Institute of Design

UX Designer Salary in India

In India, the median salary of a UX professional is ₹663,093, or $9,000 a year. A recent graduate can expect to be paid around ₹408,622 or $5,600 a year, and a professional, with more than ten years of experience ₹1,355,691 or $18,500 per year. According to the Payscale platform, salaries by city:

  • Average UX designer salary in Bangalore - ₹738,104 / year

  • Average UX designer salary in Mumbai - ₹592,097 / year

  • Average UX designer salary in Pune - ₹604,512 / year

  • Average UX designer salary in Hyderabad-  ₹608,105 / year

  • Average UX designer salary in Chennai-  ₹568,448 / year

The following salaries offer to the leaders of the IT industry: Microsoft pays UX Designers on average $113,000 a year and ₹1,596,874 or around $21,500 to the specialists working at the Indian offices. Google pays for the same position around $130, 000 a year and around ₹1,751,000 or $24,000 a year for outsourced specialists located in India. Amazon offers UX specialists an average early pay of $116,500 a year and about ₹1,800,000 or $24.500 a year to specialists from India.

Top companies in India for UX designers

  • Tata Consultancy Services

  • Accenture

  • LTI

  • Capgemini

  • Cognizant Technology Solutions

  • Joseph

  • Dassault Systemes

  • Bajaj Finance

  • Syngenta

  • Infosys

Responsibilities of UX designer
Consultation with clients to determine their goals
Creation of user personas and usage scenarios
Analysis of user feedback and activity.
Prototyping new products
Creation of wireframes, storyboards, sitemaps and screen flows
Performing usability tests
Analyzing your competitors and customers
Salary of UX designer
junior 550000-900000
middle 900000-1400000
senior 1400000-3000000