User Experience Designer Kaihoahoa Wheako Whakamahi

User experience (UX) designers design the way websites and software applications (apps) look and work, based on what users need.

User experience designers may do some or all of the following:

  • research website and software application (app) design and technology trends
  • meet with clients to work out the requirements of their website or app and talk over ideas
  • meet users to understand their needs
  • work out website or app layouts and how the user will find their way around them
  • develop basic designs using wireframes (drawings of layouts) and prototypes (original models used to develop later versions) 
  • decide on the type, placement and content of graphics and multimedia features
  • test designs with users
  • liaise with writers, developers and other staff to help create websites or apps.

Physical Requirements

User experience designers need to know how to use computer equipment properly to avoid occupational overuse syndrome (OOS).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for user experience designers includes:

  • previous experience with websites, such as volunteer work in graphic or web design
  • software development
  • user or market research
  • client or project management.

Personal Qualities

User experience designers need to be:

  • imaginative and creative, with an eye for design
  • good at communicating ideas
  • able to accept criticism
  • able to work well under pressure and unsupervised
  • skilled at relationship and project management
  • skilled at problem solving.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for user experience designers includes:

  • previous experience with websites, such as volunteer work in graphic or web design
  • software development
  • user or market research
  • client or project management.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include design and visual communication, and digital technologies.

For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

User Experience Designers can earn around $55K-$100K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a User Experience Designer are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

User experience designers may progress to set up their own user experience design business, or move into management roles.

User Experience Designer