Dribbble shot designs can make you a worse UI designer

And how to practice functional UI.

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How to practice UI deliberately and become a better designer

Practicing UI is not a bad thing, however it’s worth remembering that UI is one part of a much larger process and by going through the full design process, you’ll reach the UI stage with more context and can make better decisions as a result.

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Mimic the full design process but spend most time in the UI phase

1. Pick a product you use and list some pain points

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2. Ideate solutions to the pain points

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  1. Improve low fidelity flows — cement them.
  2. Apply medium fidelity UI to flows — critique UI.
  3. Explore high fidelity UI improvements round 1 — critique UI.
  4. Explore high fidelity UI improvements round 2 — critique UI.
  5. Explore high fidelity UI improvements round 3 — draw line.

3. Prototype your design

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4. Put your prototype in peoples’ hands

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Final thoughts

Practicing UI is not a bad thing at all, designing without customers, problems and constraints of any kind is what makes bad practice.

Product Designer and practicing writer

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