The PathMatch Guide to

User Interface (UI) Design

A Day in the Life

User Interface (UI) is an integral part of User Experience (UX) Design. Where UX Design is the why of a product, UI Design is the how of a product. UI Design is the process of making software or computerized device interfaces with a focus on looks and style. Although UI and UX Design are often put together, both require separate skill sets, skills that are highly advantageous, but just aren't being taught in school.

Work Responsibilities

  • Conceptualize original ideas that bring simplicity and user-friendliness to complex design roadblocks
  • Create wireframes based on requirements
  • Annotate designs and build development requirements based on your UI designs
  • Collaborate with Product Managers and Engineers to define and implement innovative solutions for the product direction, visuals, and experience
  • Review and communicate mark-up for web deployment of your designs with development teams
  • Create wireframes, storyboards, user flows, and site maps to effectively communicate interaction and design ideas
  • Participate in user research and evaluate user feedback

Skills You'll Need

  • Solid experience in creating wireframes, interface design, and annotated interaction recommendations
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, or other visual design and wire-framing tools
  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS, and Javascript libraries
  • Excellent visual design skills with sensitivity to user-system interaction
  • Ability to present your designs and sell your solutions to various stakeholders
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and effectively
  • Up to date with the latest UI trends, techniques, and technologies
  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process

Industries You'll Work In

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The Network You'd Build

Here are a few real-word examples of jobs and people working in this industry right now.

Example Jobs

UI Design Intern

UI Designer for Theory

UI Designer at Peloton Interactive

Design Manager at Amazon

Real World Professionals

UI Designer

UX/UI Designer

Senior UX/UI Designer

Senior UX/UI Designer

Lead UI/UX Designer

Director of UI Design

Growth Path

  1. UI Designer
  2. Sr. UI Designer
  3. UI Design Manager
  4. Design Director
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Demand for Talent

  • According to the Onward Search Digital, Creative, and Marketing Professionals Salary Guide, UI Designer is the third most in-demand digital creative role
  • Demand is currently outstripping supply due to an increasing talent and knowledge gap
  • As of January 2020, there were over 1.94 billion websites and over 4 million mobile apps available–websites and apps that need UI Designers for aesthetics and user experience

Compensation

$75K-$100K
UI Designer
$95K-$120K
Sr. UI Designer
$130K-$150K
UI Design Manager
$150K-$190K+
Design Director

Teams You'll Work With

UI Designers work with the design, engineering, product, and marketing teams.

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Work/Life Balance Score

Work/life balance is when someone equally prioritizes their career and their personal life. This balance can vary greatly from one career to the next.

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Job Stability Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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Prestige Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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