Working on personal UX projects

Hi! I’m Harshavarthini. I’m doing my bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering in Chennai, India. I’m currently interested in user experience design, I’m planning to apply for masters programs abroad for fall 2021. I have been working on few personal UX case study projects to build my portfolio for the application. So far I’m enjoying the learning process, but since I’m working alone I feel unsure about the design decisions I make in the process. Is it normal to feel like that or how do I overcome this?
Thanks in advance.

Hi Harshavarthini,

Ya, as a person who doesn’t have a design Bachelor’s degree, I can confirm that it’s completely normal to feel insecure and overwhelmed when I first started to learn design by yourself. I think the key to mitigating this feeling is to get feedback from either

  1. Other UX professionals, or
  2. Users of the product you are designing

To expand the first point, thankfully, there are many online/offline communities that allow you to reach UX professionals:

  • Share your work on Behance or Dribbble to get some exposure and feedback.
  • Interact with other designers/researchers in events in your local area: CreativeMornings, Meetup, Eventbrite, etc.
  • Audit design classes in your local universities. I did this in college and formed some relationships with professors/students that I wouldn’t have a chance to interact with otherwise.

In terms of the second point, it’s about validating your concept by running user interviews/testings. For example, if most of users you talk to are able to easily accomplish their task with the app you design, it is a positive signal that your design is in the right direction. Therefore, you should feel more sure about your design decision.

Hope this helps! :slight_smile: