One question I get asked all the time is, “how do I learn more about UX?” I feel like a broken record sometimes, but I’ll keep saying it … there are problems all around us!!
Next time you encounter an experience that is frustrating, take note of it. Then, spend some time thinking about how you might solve it. Does the problem require research? Could you create a prototype? How might you redesign it?
Another way you can learn more about UX is to create your own product. Create something … anything!!! Through launching my own products (my little UX Notebook, UX Research Course, new YouTube channel, and my weekly UX newsletter), I’m learning so much about UX, product management, and the art of compromise.
To be honest, I struggle with the “minimum” part of Minimum Viable Product. Yep, it’s true. I see the big vision, and I don’t like to scale it back. But, when you make your own product, you realize the value of time. And so, you force yourself to make compromises and prioritize features or components of the product experience.
Commit to making more things. Set a deadline. And then do what it takes to meet that deadline. Create your own newsletter. Commit to publishing 4 articles on Medium. Start experimenting with Instagram Stories. The simple act of launching will teach you a ton about compromise, design, time management, and thinking through all the little invisible details that go into making a product.