Say hello to: Lucas, a UX designer at icapps
During this blog series, we highlight one of our colleagues who talks about his or her job at icapps. Find out what their challenges are in their job, how they want to grow in their job and get to know them a bit too.
Wondering what a job as a UX designer looks like? Lucas gladly explains.
How did you end up designing?
I was looking for a new course, but I was in eternal doubt between an artistic and a human-oriented course like psychology, for example. At one point I found a course in Interaction Design. This was the combination of my dilemma, interaction with people, and designing, the perfect combo. So I made a decision, enrolled and today I am here, working as a UX designer.
What keeps challenging you?
It’s super interesting for me to discover new views and opinions from people. Without doing grounded research on how other people experience certain things, you can't predetermine anything or be sure. Seeking perfection remains my biggest challenge. Technology will continue to rotate. Possibly visuals will change more towards voice, for example, or there may be other ways of controlling certain interfaces. I want to keep evolving my skills as fast as technology evolves.
Why do you like designing so much?
I like to base my design on research. I’m quite insecure as a designer, especially when I have to come up with something on the spot. It’s reassuring for me if I have done thorough research first and know what the needs of my customer or audience are, so I can work toward that.
Tell us, what is your golden tip for a rookie designer?
Above all, it is learning by doing. Try to absorb as much as you can of what you see and do.
When is a design truly successful for you?
If you notice that your new design is perceived better by your target audience, it is successful. That may sound a bit abstract. But you should revalidate every design you make and re-run a user test by your target audience. I think a design is never really ready or complete, you can always make improvements.
What is your creative outlet during your free time?
Without a doubt, music. During my free time, you will always find me in a record store or a concert hall. Music is my biggest hobby, but it will always remain my hobby. Personally, I could never make music my profession because that would take away the fun and relaxation.
At a young age, I learned to play the guitar but now I’m mainly involved in producing music. Recently I purchased an MPC, which is basically a studio in a box, super cool.