What makes a good UX designer?

This is what I read at UX for the masses about being a good UX designer:

But there’s no such thing as a typical UX designer

Being like Mr T

Being a designer

Being a researcher

Being a techie

Being a creative

Being a suit

Being a team player

It’s more than just skills

  • Assertive – UX designers needs to be able to lead and direct a discussion and assert themselves when necessary.
  • Co-operative – UX designers needs to be able to work very closely with their colleagues.
  • Creative – UX designers should be able to create compelling and original designs.
  • Diplomatic – UX designers needs to know when to compromise and how to play politics when required to do so.
  • Enthusiastic – UX designers should be infecting team mates with their enthusiasm for UX design.
  • Humble – UX designers should be able to accept that sometimes their design sucks.
  • Intellectual – UX designers should be able to argue the case for their design, or indeed for taking a user-centred design approach in the first place.
  • Observant – UX designers should be able to spot easily missed user insights and nuances.
  • Open – UX designers needs to be open to ideas, suggestions and feedback; and be willing to share their expertise with others.
  • Patient – UX designers need to be able to accept that good design and good user research often takes a little time and perseverance.
  • Personable – UX designers doesn’t need to be everyone’s friend but should be able to easily get along with others.
  • Persuasive – UX designers needs to be able to sell a design and bring the intended user experience to life.
  • Pragmatic – UX designers should be able to design within constraints.
  • Resilient – UX designers should be able to take a knock back.
  • Tenacious – UX designers needs to be able to defend their corner when necessary.
  • Thorough – UX designers needs to get the nitty gritty details right

Being dedicated

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