Having to know and stay up to date on this much information is the reason that many of us don’t get much sleep at night. But, there is a secret that many of us don’t know that could save us all a ton of angst.
That secret: the fundamentals of UX Design don’t change. As long as you know them, you can solve any problem, at any time, no matter how up to date you are with the latest trends and methods.
For example, like UX, in sports the fundamentals don’t change. In basketball, one needs to know how to dribble, shoot, rebound, and more. Once an athlete knows these skills, they can basically play the sport of basketball no matter where they are, who their opponent is, and how many people are on the court (thus solving any basketball problem at anytime). Of course, from this state they can also learn how to run plays, play more intricate defense and more, but knowing the fundamentals of the sport is what propels them forward.
UX is no different. Once we know the basics, and know them well, we are able to approach any problem and outline a solution. It is during this outlining time that we are using our fundamentals to highlight gaps in information that we need to fill in order to come up with a full solution. We can then go back and research which knowledge and methods we need to fill the gaps in information that we found.
That is the secret to ensuring you are always up to date, knowing the fundamentals of the UX game. This allows us to frame the solution of any problem, and saves us from having to know every in-depth methodology out there. So, take time to learn the basics inside and out, and trust me… you will get a lot more sleep at night.