The start of the decade has been tough for everyone, but a silver lining has been the move to remote work in many industries. Remote jobs have grown in popularity, with big-name companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit going remote.
UX design is a great career choice if you are looking for a career you can do from home. Unsurprisingly, a large chunk of available remote jobs is in the tech sector, and if you peruse the UX design postings on LinkedIn or Indeed, you’re sure to find plentiful remote options.
UX design entails a wide range of responsibilities. It requires research, design, prototyping, and user testing, among many more specific tasks. Despite the many hats a UX designer may wear, certain tools make working remote possible. If you are looking for a remote job in the field, you will need to familiarize yourself with the remote tools UX designers tend to use.
For research, the humble Google Forms is a great simple tool. It can be used to create surveys and analyze results. Another popular pick for surveys is Typeform, which lets you create surveys and collect reports and metrics. Survey Monkey is yet another option to help you find out the needs of your users. The latter two have both free and paid options.
To no one’s surprise, Zoom and other video call services are a must for any remote worker. But in UX design, you can use them not only for meetings and discussions with your team but also to conduct user research interviews and remote usability testing, which can give you a deeper understanding of their needs.
There is no shortage of remote tools for wireframing and prototyping either. Figma is an excellent remote option as it is entirely in-browser and has many collaboration options. If you worry about a wonky internet connection, Sketch may be the answer. It also has solid collaboration tools but also allows you to work offline. And how could we not mention Adobe XD? A common choice, Adobe XD allows real-time collaboration and incredible flexibility.
As for user testing, Hotjar is an excellent choice as it tracks user behavior using heatmaps and can give you insights into difficulties your users may be experiencing. Another user testing tool, aptly named UserTesting, even allows live chatting with users as they test your designs.
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