UI Designer

Job Description

Do you love explaining the advantages of implementing a toolbar versus a hamburger menu? Can you point to demographic research supporting your points? A position as a UI Designer and Developer might be the immersive, creative role that’s right for you.

UI Designers and Developers create the layouts of websites, mobile apps, or other digital products. They design each screen a user can or will encounter, including deciding where buttons, menu bars, and other interactive elements of the interface will “live” on the site or mobile app. Proficiency in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other web development tools is crucial for any prospective UI Designer.

UI Designers use their expertise in visual design to bring site maps and workflows to life. They also rely on psychological and demographic research to predict how their target audience will engage with the product, then create UI that’s as intuitive as possible for that specific user. Great UI Designers will be able to stand behind their layout choices, presenting them persuasively during creative and client reviews.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with UX Designers to build storyboards, site maps, and conceptual designs
  • Conduct user research to inform UI layout decisions
  • Design dropdown menus, site layouts, and other aesthetic elements
  • Track human-computer interactions created by particular UI designs
  • Present concepts and defend design choices during creative and client reviews
  • Analyze consumer responses and monitor website traffic to inform revisions and improved design
  • Develop visual design and layout best practices

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, graphic design, web development, or a related field.

Skills and Competencies

  • Expertise in visual design and use-system interactions
  • Proficiency in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
  • Proficiency with creative design programs such as Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Robust creative-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a UI Designer and Developer with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $65,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $68,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $70,000
  • Miami, Florida: $75,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $85,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $70,000
  • Houston, Texas: $78,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $80,000
  • New York City, New York: $80,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $94,000
  • Overall: $78,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $74,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $74,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $75,000
  • Miami, Florida: $77,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $90,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $90,000
  • Houston, Texas: $88,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $88,000
  • New York City, New York: $110,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $100,000
  • Overall: $85,000

Similar Titles

  • UI Strategist
  • UI Architect
  • Lead UI Designer
  • UI Product Engineer

Career Path

Becoming a UI Designer and Developer begins with earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science, digital media, graphic design, or a similar field. Many candidates will continue their formal education by pursuing a master’s degree to demonstrate their expertise and stand out to future employers.

UI Designers pair their in-depth knowledge of visual design and human psychology with their technical skills in web development to create user-friendly interfaces. Building a substantial portfolio of design work is key to proving they have the necessary hands-on experience and expertise to perform this task.

Position Trends

User Experience (UX) and UI Designers will continue to work closely to create the “look and feel” of digital products. Many employers have even begun combining UX and UI roles into one hybrid position. As such, UI Designers and Developers will need to incorporate more conceptual thinking into their wheelhouse and brainstorm big-picture concepts with the creative team.

As interface design tools become more sophisticated, more possibilities for innovative, engaging UI elements will emerge. Streamlining UI for virtual and augmented reality will continue to be a priority as the media become more prevalent in the marketplace. 3D graphics will also continue to inform modern website and mobile app design, including the development of interactive, engaging UI.

Job Outlook

As companies look to give consumers websites and mobile apps with compelling, intuitive interfaces, UI Designers will become even more crucial to in-house creative teams and full-service ad agencies. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job opportunities for all Industrial Designers — including UI Designers and Developers — will increase three percent through 2028.

Where You Can Find Jobs

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  • Monster
  • Zip Recruiter

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