UI designer

Interaction or UI designers use their skills in interface and interaction design to create digital products.

Starting your career

Subject choices

If you’re interested in becoming a UI designer, useful school subjects include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Computing Science
  • Information and Communications Technology

Work placements and volunteering

You may find it helpful to get some experience of working in healthcare by doing a work placement. There may also be opportunities to volunteer. This could help you when applying to university, college, or a new job with NHSScotland.

Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships

You might choose to start your career journey as a UI designer by doing a Foundation Apprenticeship. Find out more about relevant Foundation Apprenticeships in:

Modern Apprenticeships

You could begin or continue developing relevant skills and experience for a UI design role by doing a Modern Apprenticeship. Useful Modern Apprenticeships include:

College and university

You might choose to do a degree before starting your role as an interaction designer. Relevant degree subjects include:

  • Computer Science
  • Digital Design
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Technology

Many Scottish colleges and universities deliver courses in these areas. You should check specific entry requirements before applying.

Widening participation supports adult learners who want to go to university. If you’re an adult with few or no qualifications, you could get into higher education through the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP). Some universities also provide access programmes to help you get the degree entry qualifications you need. If you already have a degree, but it's unrelated to the work of a UI designer, you could do a postgraduate programme to gain useful skills and experience.

Search for college or university courses on My World of Work.

The role

As an interaction designer for NHSScotland, you’ll use your design skills to make health and social care products. Your priority is to make sure that our products provide a positive experience for users.

What you’ll do

As a UI designer for NHSScotland, your tasks might include:

  • designing accessible products across devices, browsers, and platforms
  • translating research into design requirements
  • creating wireframes, mockups, and prototypes to test and communicate ideas
  • assessing which frameworks best suit UI requirements and engineering workflow
  • defining and maintaining a design pattern library

Top Skills

Useful skills for this role include:

  • communication
  • creativity
  • analysis
  • strategic thinking
  • user focus
  • multitasking

You’ll also need knowledge and experience of:

  • prototyping services and interactions
  • designing at low and high fidelity
  • data visualisation methods
  • CSS, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch and Invision

Who you’ll work with

UI designers usually work in a team of digital professionals. You could work with:

  • service designers
  • UX designers 
  • user researchers
  • software engineers 
  • content designers 
  • product owners 
  • web developers 

Working environment

As a UI designer, you’re likely to work in an office.

Did you know?

In 1990, Gillian Crampton Smith launched the first UK course for UI design. She developed the MA in Computer-related Design at the Royal College of Art, London.

In 2005, the course name was changed to MA Design Interactions.

Professional bodies