To take your digital business forward, you’ve ended up with UX and UI designer anyway. But it vastly depends on the approach that how good of a designer you’ll get to hire.
In this extensive post today, we, as a professional design agency, will assist you throughout the process of hiring a UX/UI designer from the marketplace or from a direct approach.
Stay tuned till the end-
7 Qualities to Look for While Hiring A UX/UI Designer
No matter if it’s a company or individual, the answer to the question- ‘What does your company do?’ should be different for each. During the basic conversation, throw that question to him and check out how he comes up with the answer.
From our experience, we can tell you that, a good designer knows how to propagate information impressively and efficiently. The medium can be texts, websites, audio conversation or even an app.
The best kind of answers to such questions should be in three parts- at first, it’s the macro, then it’s the middle level and the ending will be with details. Such a hierarchy of his answer will convey you the message that he’ll also be able to represent your product to its audience in an in-depth but understandable way.
One of the most considerable factors is the pricing range. Of course, each and every service provider professional will come up with a certain price point for their works. But the communication in terms of pricing terms and conditions should be clear and transparent.
As a client, you’ve kept it in mind that the pricing of UX and UI design varies from person to person. This is based on the experience, specialization, scope of the works and quality of the work.
So, whenever you’re looking at the pricing policy of a designer individual or agency, make sure that you know what you’re paying for. Ask for what the inclusions are, is there any variable cost or not, and whether they are flexible with milestone-based payment or not.
UX and UI design are about attention to tiny details in many aspects, as you know. Therefore, the designer that you are about to hire should have a firm knowledge on basic UI principles, the psychological aspects of the design, the visual and appearance of the product, color, balance, typography, contrast and many more.
Check out some of his previous works to analyze how much in-depth and diverse his work spirit and expertise are.
Once you’ve launched a website or an app, it requires a number of maintenance chores once it’s done with the production stage. You have to keep it up with data collection, trend-wise input, customer support, bug fixing, troubleshooting, content updating, security maintenance, version updating and so on.
A professional designer will provide you with a term of maintenance even after the project is done. He might ask for a regular basis of payment in return to that. But that’s not something you can negotiate with if you think about the growth of the business. The portfolio site might be Dribbble or Behance
At this level, you will have a clean and clear perception of the functions associated with each page, and the interactions of the screens. Now, it’s time to create the skeleton of the product and illustrate the structure of the app in an informal way.
In simple words, mind mapping is wireframing without the phone screens. And there are tons of online tools to help you out in this.
It’s a quite obvious point that demands no explanation. But the more important thing to look at is, which kind of tools the candidate is using, and how his workflow is formed surrounding the tools.
As an example, if you think about hiring a designer back in 2018, you would not have considered him if you find Sketch Plus and at least a couple of rapid prototyping tool under his hood.
Sketch files are one of the basic introductory materials for any designer freelancer or agency. If you get to check out some of his sketch files, make sure you pay attention to these details-
- Are the levels and folders organized?
- Do the levels and folders are named in a proper manner?
- Does he implement any standard style for the texts and symbols?
- Is there ample spacing between the layout elements?
Based on what answer you get for these questions, you can already create an impression about how organized and presentable your work can be that you’re planning to assign him to do.
Freelancer VS Agency: Which One To Choose?
If your target product requires a continuous UX process, you have to stick to these few conditions-
- You have to use lean and agile methodologies.
- You have to be in a continuous state of flux.
- You have to make changes in terms of several small iterations.
If so, you better go for an individual freelancer and include him into the core team. They will be easier to deal with, and they will be flexible in terms of price point as well.
In case you are looking for a broader dimension of projects, or several projects at a time, a professional UX UI agency will be a better suit. But keep it in mind that, it’s not an easy task to find the right designer agency.
Fixed Price Bid Vs Time/Money Contract?
The answer to our next question is quite depended on the type of project you are dealing with. If it’s an MVP(Minimum Viable Product), then you should go for a fixed price project with your service provided.
On the other hand, if the project is quite liquid in terms of scope, you rather go for a contract with variables of time and money. It’s quite like the pay as a go term, which is easily adaptable with the liquidity of the project you’re up to.
Providing Feedback to The Designer
This portion of the task is a bit tough. When the job is done and it’s time to give your feedback, the smarter you behave, the chance of a good professional relation raises higher.
Feedbacks like- ‘I don’t like your work at all. Get it rolled back and make it look better’ is quite poor. Rather, if you are not happy with the overall quality of the work, you can point out at the issue(s) and ask for revisions gently. As an example, feedbacks like- ‘Make the button look like this’ is rather constructive feedback.
Above all, UX and UI design is a scientific process which should be taken care of from both your and the designer’s end. So, maintain a good relationship with the person or agency you hire, and passively encourage them to give it their best shot.