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Dave Cridland

So, as a PROGRAMMER WHO HAS SPENT YEARS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STACK,
I would like to GET FIVE TOP TIPS ON HOW TO ENGAGE WITH UX EXPERTISE,
So that I can MAKE THINGS PEOPLE WANT TO USE.

Seriously - I've spent years on the server-side of client-server apps, and I'm moving to do more front-end - what should I be thinking about?

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Judith Ask Me Anything

That is a really awesome question. I ask it to myself almost every time I start a project! Here are my top five:

  1. Learn to interpret the research you get from UAT. If you want to fast-track your comfort level with this you can buy reports from sites like Baymard baymard.com/research but it will cost you.
  2. Study design systems like Atomic (blog post) bradfrost.com/blog/post/atomic-web..., Google Material Design material.io/, Polaris polaris.shopify.com/, IBM ibm.com/design/language/, Airbnb airbnb.design/building-a-visual-la...
  3. Refine your ideas about users. Find out what the most common user groups are (men, women, 18-24, etc) and study edge cases (sub groups like elderly, visually challenged, language/hearing impaired)
  4. Get the docs for HTML5, CSS, SASS, js and deep dive. If you think you know them - you don't.
  5. Practice writing site maps and page structure based on UX for specific groups.

There are a lot more steps you can do but if you start with those more will be revealed as you go along your journey :) Thanks for the great question and good luck! Namaste!