Day# 130: Interview with Uways Carelse

Day# 130: Interview with Uways Carelse

Hi everyone, I have been slightly behind with putting up the interviews I have carried out with various people, please check out my interview below with Uways. Uways and I went to College together in Johannesburg, and since then he has ventured into the UI space more specifically. I thought it would be a refreshing difference to chat to someone in the UI space. We also chatted about how college prepares you for the working world, his UI processes and workflow as well as how UI directly relates to UX.



Question 1: Did you feel college prepared you for the design industry?

Answer: I feel that my studies prepared me for the design industry but it stopped just there. I feel that the advantage of studying “Multimedia Design” was the opportunity to specialize in any field of design, limited to screen and print design, after studying. The disadvantage is that because the technology industry grows at such a fast pace, and with the screen design industry following it, some of the software that we used whilst studying is not being used today. This is a problem because a lot of time is spent to learn the software where as that time could of been spent on learning software that is still relevant today. That being said it still taught us the fundamentals which is most important and software might change but design is about updating your skills and knowledge constantly and there is always new software being released with the ability for a designer to improve their design process.



Question 2: What do you wish college had taught you?

Answer: I do wish that I had learnt more about certain types of software that are used in the field today. But then again those were not hard to learn after studying especially because the software functions and usability tends to be similar.

My comments: I think for me it was more than just software, I think in relation to software it is always changing and especially with UX. I have found many platforms that did not even exist back when I was studying, however I would say that I wish we had had more definitive outlines of what will happen in industry. For example the way companies work, how you will get briefed, methods for checking your work for errors, how to present in meetings and ways on receiving constructive feedback. I think these are all issues that young creatives struggle with not knowing how the corporate or agencies work for that matter. I also think discussing how to create you CV and portfolio with feedback that is not only creative. For example I was shocked when I learned how fast prospective employers run through CV’s and porty’s..


Question 3:  How did you get into the UI field?

Answer: I did a project in college that gave me the experience of doing UI and UX. I found it to be enjoyable and I considered myself to be thorough. I got some experience whilst studying working as a freelance video editor as it was my other strength. After graduating and searching for a job I came across a great opportunity at a start-up company in the field of UI and UX which was to work alongside app/web developers and learn the technical side whilst I did the designs. This exposed me to the UI and UX industry as well as the Software Engineering industry. I also learned a lot about getting a digital product from concept all the way to launch. From there I gained exposure to many brands and many different digital products. I also worked in a large company where the work environment was different but very efficient. This is where I gained exposure to agile as well as gained more experience working alongside UX designers, Front End Developers and various other specialists.


Question 4. What would a designer need to learn to be able to get a UI position?

Answer: UI/UX designers and UI/Front End Developers are always highly sort after as opposed to having the single UI design skill. A design qualification coupled with a secondary qualification in UX or Front End Development would make that individual a valuable asset.

My comment: For more info on UI Design, check out the video below


Question 5: What are some of the processes in place for UI design? Do you work closely with UX?

Answer: UI designers are the ones who polish a design and get it ready for development. The style of the interface is in the hands of the UI designer and therefore the UI designer needs to be up-to-date with design. New design styles are being released often and for the design to be fresh and trendy the designer needs to follow these styles. There are always opportunities to create new styles but the risk (and reward) with doing that is great. The UX designer works closely with business and makes top-level decisions that have little to do with interface. Their job is to translate words into a visual product. The UI designer then takes that, sometimes hand-drawn, “wireframe” and stylizes it to create a finished design. The front end developer then uses their coding skills to create a finished product from the designs given by the UI designer. After that, back end developers use code to make the product functional. There are many other processes used that I have not described here but from my experience I would say that the UI designer could use a secondary skill to have a bigger impact on the project. This could be either UX design, which would give them the ability to have an influence at an earlier stage in the project, or Front End Development, which will give them the ability to have an influence at a later stage in the project.

The relationship between UI and UX designers is closer than the relationship between UI designer and Front End Developers as software engineering tends to be a different field and those who are more code orientated are likely to specialize in their field. They learn Front End and Back End development and all the different coding languages involved. UX is a totally different field where the designer focuses on the product requirements, early research, testing scenarios, and many steps in between.

My comment: Just to put a spanner in the works so to speak, I do think that UX can be involved with the interface. From user testing UX can ascertain that aspects of the UI are either intuitive or counter intuitive, there after changes to the interface can be made with quantitative data to back up decisions. Methods for testing can range from: A/B testing, active user testing and interviews or prototype testing (or my new personal favorite Gorilla testing). Testing can be done on site with users or remotely using online testing platforms

For more info on UX and UI design check out this video below

Thanks Uways for taking the time to answer some questions for the blog, best of luck with your career! Happy researching, until next time Uxers

Bye for now


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