User interface design is growing increasingly important as more and more activity moves online and particularly to mobile platforms with small screen sizes. Many companies are switching to a "mobile first" application development strategy. It's not enough to create responsive designs that merely adapt browser-based interfaces to smartphones; the entire design must be created with its usability as a priority.
As a result of this strategy, the UI architect role is growing increasingly important to organizations, as well. The role requires more than the ability to implement a design. In order to get hired as a UI architect, job seekers need to have the following key experiences and capabilities on their resumes:
• User-centric research.
Understanding the users' needs is the starting point for all interface design. The UI architect needs to gather the requirements and implement research to validate design ideas. The architect may also need to lead usability testing during the QA phase.
• Interpersonal skills.
The UI architect often needs to lead a team of designers and front end developers. The architect also needs to work with customers and product managers to craft designs that meet business needs.
• Understand portals and modular UI design.
UI architects need to design frameworks that can be leveraged across multiple applications and easily expanded to accommodate additional use cases.
• Understand and develop standards.
• Implement front-end build systems.
Front-end code needs a repeatable process for managing versions and compiling the components into the executable package.
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