Erik Kennedy is an independent UX/UI designer and the creator of Learn UI Design, an in-depth video course for learning visual interface design. His past clients include Amazon, Soylent, Pro.com, and others in social media, education, finance, marketing, healthcare, entertainment, and more. He’s spoken here and abroad at conferences, businesses, and universities, and his design writing online has been read by over a million people.
There’s a technique for improving one’s user interface design skills that is the most efficient way I know of expanding one’s visual vocabulary but that I’ve rarely heard mentioned by digital designers.
I’m talking about copywork. Copywork is a technique that writers and painters have been using for centuries. It is the process of recreating an existing work as closely as possible in order to improve one’s skill. In our case, this means recreating a user interface (UI) design pixel for pixel.