Is your visual design missing something? Does it need more spacing, rhythm, or contrast? You might also think the typography you chose looks odd after putting it together with the other components of your design. It looked so great on the style guide, but now, something just doesn't feel right.
Although experience design is catered to make things simple and easy to use, we deliver this experience through graphic and visual communication design. These two are careers in and of themselves. So, if you've landed in the UX/UI path by taking one of our awesome boot camps or others out there, you might have the following question rumbling around your head… How do I improve my visual skills as a UX/UI designer?
Let's strip back the band-aid! Let me tell you, this feeling is the exact motivation that will take your career to the next level. Experienced designers with years in the business feel this way too. The trick is to search for inspiration, observe and practice! Let's walk through the processes that have greatly improved our visual design skills.
Stay trendy and critical
Inspiration is everywhere; Instagram, TikTok, Figma's Community, Behance, Dribble, Pinterest… literally everywhere! There is no excuse not to be current in the UI world. We encourage you to be critical of what you are seeing. Something might look great, but it doesn't mean that is the best case for user experience. When it comes to inspirations and trends, what can you do?
Be observant and actively inspired
Instead of waiting for inspiration, go ahead and knock on its door by searching for other designers' works. You can use the following sites:
You can also search design trends directly by using the following keywords:
- UX/UI design trends 2022
- Dark Mode
- UI Animations
- 3D in UX/UI
Observe with a critical mind at work
For those designs that have caught your attention, try and ask questions like:
- Why am I drawn to this design?
- What makes it stand out to me?
- Is the color pallet calling to me?
- Is it the spacing or typography?
Whether you listed these questions or not, congrats! You practiced an observation technique that is key for UX/UI designers. Make this a habit and keep searching the web and social media to be inspired while practicing critical thinking.