What differentiates the top 2% of UX Designers?

Nussi Einhorn
What differentiates the top 2% of UX Designers?

Some people still think UX Design is all about knowing how to use Figma.

Well, I need to break your bubble!

I worked with many great Figma/XD designers, and their design work has failed.

So what are the traits that truly make a UX Designer β€œAwesome”?

In this article, I’ll outline the top five.


They ask lots of questions.

They are strong communicators and ask the right questions.πŸ“£πŸ“£

Asking the right questions gets them clues they need to create the perfect design solution.

What type of questions:

πŸ”Ή Business Goals

πŸ”Ή How users behave

πŸ”Ή About the industry

πŸ”Ή About competitors

If your designer keeps on asking great questions, it’s a good sign!

If your designer starts designing screens without asking many questions β€” there is a red flag there!


They always do research.

A designer must first be fully informed to create a good design. πŸ“–πŸ‘ˆ

Many amateur designers will design a solution before researching the industry, customer, and business goals.

That’s simple.


They can tuck away their ego.

One of the essential skills of a great product designer β€” is that they don’t get emotionally attached to their design. β›”

They are just trying to get the business to the best possible new solution, no other intentions involved.

They know how to handle feedback and rejection daily.

This β€” I call a pro designer!


They make good friends with stakeholders & developers.

A pro-product designer will always work alongside Business stakeholders and Developers.

The best designers know how to get the entire development team to love them. πŸ’—

They become the key communicator of the entire project. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

This is not a Figma skill.

This skill is learned with experience and personal development.

Do you have this skill?


They are flexible.

Designing evolving software solutions is not straightforward.

As businesses grow and change, so does the product design. πŸ‘

A designer must practice being flexible and adaptable β€” just like the software! πŸ’»

Great UX designers are not emotionally attached to their design and are willing to play and test many different ideas and directions.

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I hope the article will help you choose the right UX Talent for your next project.

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