So you want to become a top UX/UI designer in Nigeria?
Try these and you’re well on your way.
Perhaps you’ve heard or come across a couple of designers topping the chart in this burgeoning field. Maybe you’re already familiar with the nitty-gritty and perks of a career in UX/UI design: creative and fulfilling work, flexibility, variety, competitive salaries etc, but you would like to have an outstanding profile and also compete alongside the top designers in Lagos, here are some tips on what you need to do to be on your way to the top in the UX/UI industry in Nigeria.
New Tools and Trends
With the advent of a number of digital design tools over the past few years, we now have awesome design tools that are easier to use, more powerful, and even less expensive than previous models. While it feels good to bask in the glory of the design tool you are currently familiar with, there are new tools that can help flex your design muscle will come in handy when you need it. It’s also an opportunity to play catch-up while mastering new skills and updating your toolbox. Designers that are familiar with design tool trends often perform well in the industry.
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Grow your network
Networking would not be so boring or daunting if only people consider it as an opportunity to nurture relationships and not only as building a network. The advantages that come with networking are limitless - from finding new opportunities, meeting new people, and putting yourself in the face of everyone in the industry which is a way to become recognized in the UX/UI design ecosystem.
Have you noticed that some of these top UX/UI designers are on different flyers for different events every month? Networking doesn’t have to stop at attending events, sharing your knowledge at events is a good way to build and grow an audience and also build a personal brand. There are loads of events happening in Nigeria at different locations, search or talk to people in your network to get involved.
Some top UX/UI designers also leverage on online groups to stay relevant. There are tons of online groups and communities you can join such as Adobe XD community or Figma Africa etc. We understand that micro-communities, online groups, and channels can be overwhelming, so we recommend that you consider finding micro-communities that are best speak to your personal brand. For example, if your portfolio is heavy on UX only, you might want to consider joining a community focused on UX only. These micro-communities offer a space to have engaging and interesting conversations on specific topics, which helps you stay on top of relevant trends while contributing to the design eco-system in Lagos.
Even with the best qualification and portfolio in UX/UI design, one main thing that a UX design qualification won’t help you with is feeling like you know it all - a UX designer will never know everything!
The role of a UX designer is constantly evolving, and it is up to you to keep up and continuously study recent advances to hone your skills. Think of your qualification as the starting point of an exciting journey of becoming a top UX/UI designer in Nigeria and as you get more experienced, you will become more relevant and confident. A lot of what will position you as a top designer in Nigeria will come with experience which must be evident in your portfolio. However, designers often forget to update their portfolio regularly, don’t be caught sleeping on this one. Redesign an existing product in Lagos Nigeria, add to your portfolio and shoot your shot at the company either online or in-person to showcase your work.
Beware of Imposter Syndrome
This syndrome lives in your head and constantly whisper ‘your designs are wack’. It’s worse when you compare yourself with other designers when the best thing you could do is learn from their designs. Amazingly, some top UX/UI designers still experience this syndrome and have shared their experiences on how they were able to shut it out. Stay with that little voice that tells you you’re killing it to drown every other thought. As much as possible, share your work with your squad for feedback, but first, get you a supportive squad! In a nutshell, imposter syndrome is synonymous with self-esteem - your opinion of yourself and your abilities. It can be high, low or somewhere in-between but you will get more comfortable with your designs if you focus on you and work at getting better every day. While everyone occasionally has doubts about themselves, imposter syndrome can leave you feeling insecure and unmotivated. A good way to knock this off is to BE NICE TO YOURSELF, purse feedbacks, implement them and watch your designs get better over time.
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