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How to become a better UX designer?

In the world of UX design, it is easy to get carried away with the desire to come up with solutions quickly. However, it is essential to realize that effective design requires a thorough understanding of the problem, not just a hasty execution. This is where it becomes essential to shift from simply executing tasks to exploring and understanding the problem deeply.

Taking a patient and curious approach is crucial in my journey as a UX designer. I have realised that quick and hasty solutions often fail to meet the design requirements. Therefore, I always strive to understand the underlying reasons behind each project before delving into the execution phase.

To solve a problem, we must go beyond the surface level and ask questions revealing the bigger picture. This involves understanding the business goals behind a project and the user's journey, including their hopes, frustrations, and context. We must also consider if the problem is really what it seems or if a more profound layer needs to be explored. By answering these questions, we can develop impactful solutions that consider both the business objectives and the user's needs. We should approach design as more than just aesthetics, but as a way to create experiences that solve real problems in a way that resonates with users.

This is especially relevant when we interact with stakeholders seeking solutions. Instead of immediately jumping into execution mode, let's shift the conversation. Ask them their goals, their research, their hopes and fears. Encourage them to explore the problem before jumping to conclusions. By guiding them through this critical thinking process, we equip them to be better partners in the design journey, leading to more collaborative and effective outcomes.

Let's adopt an explorer mindset not just for self-improvement, but also to create a ripple effect. We can improve the entire design process by replacing knee-jerk reactions with thoughtful inquiry. Instead of superficial solutions, let's dig deeper to address the underlying issues, bridging the gap between business goals and user needs.

Let's challenge ourselves to move beyond the "doer" mentality and embrace the "thinker" within. We should ask more questions, explore more deeply, and become explorers in the vast landscape of human experience. Only then can we design solutions that have a lasting impact.

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