How to unlock your UX superpower

UX: two letters of perpetual ambiguity. I’m not looking to define what UX is here, I just want to point out some of the different disciplines it encompasses:

  • Visual Design
  • Usability
  • Information Architecture
  • User Research
  • Interaction Design

and the list goes on… and on. In the field of UX, there are two primary paths:

Generalist

This is where you will try to have a decent amount of knowledge and skill in most of the areas of UX.

Specialist

On the contrary to the aforementioned route, this would be where you choose to become a subject-matter-expert (Ninja, guru, rockstar — [insert any other applicable hipster-term the cool kids are using nowadays]) in one or two UX disciplines.

Both routes have their advantages/disadvantages and throughout my career there have been times where I have bounced back and forth between the two.

Ok, circling back to the title and whole purpose of this article:

Unlocking your UX superpower

This is going to sound so simple that your initial reaction will probably be to scoff, scorn or poke fun at this simple yet practical advice.

  • Ten minutes of discipline, daily.

“That’s all?” you say. “Thanks for wasting my time!” you say. Wait wait, before you crucify me with negative comments, let me explain… Pick one of the tools in your ux toolbox (or desired superpower) — I would suggest the one that you have the most interest or passion around and make a commitment to invest in that skill a minimum of ten minutes a day, every day. No excuses. No days off.

If it’s visual design — spend 5 minutes researching UI design tips, tricks and trends and then spend 5 minutes in photoshop or sketch creating UI design elements. Everyday.

The first month or two, it’ll be a grind but at some point there will be a shift in your mindset, you’ll find yourself looking forward to those daily sessions. 10 minutes will turn into 20, 20 into 30 and so on… and at some point (it may be 3 months down the road, it may be 3 years down the road) you will have unlocked a new ux superpower.

Try it out and let me know how it works out for you.


*Side note: if you already have a UX Superpower, use this to add another one :)

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