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How I'm using my UI-UX design skills to make a difference in the world

Published on 19 Oct , 2023

By Vishwamala Saxena - UX-UI Designer | Alumni of UIUX Global


"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Job

In a rapidly changing digital landscape, the role of User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design has become more crucial than ever. It's not just about making apps or websites aesthetically pleasing; it's about creating experiences that improve lives. This is the story of how I'm using my UI/UX design skills to make a difference in the world.


What Design Is All About

Before delving into the impact, it's essential to understand the foundation of UI/UX design. UI design focuses on the look and feel of a product, while UX design concentrates on the overall user experience. Empathy is at the core of both. As a UI/UX designer, my journey began by putting myself in the shoes of the users.


Solving Real Problems

One of the most rewarding aspects of UI/UX design is its problem-solving nature. Every project begins with identifying a problem, and this can vary from making a mobile app more intuitive for the elderly to creating a website for a nonprofit organization. It's in these problems that I find my passion and purpose as a designer. 

For instance, I worked on a project with an NGO where our challenge was to enhance the user experience of their website. The NGO's previous website design was complicated, leading to many visitors leaving without engaging. By simplifying the layout, making it more intuitive, and ensuring accessibility, we achieved remarkable results. The number of visitors who took action and supported the NGO increased significantly. It was a direct and measurable impact of our design work


Making Things Open to Everyone

Design isn't only about looks; it's also about making sure everyone can use things. We should make websites and apps that everyone, including people with disabilities, can use. It's not just a rule; it's the right thing to do. 

I remember a project where we made an e-learning site better. We added things like words for images, changing text sizes, and making it work with just a keyboard. It turned the site into a place where everyone could learn. That was a big deal.


User-Centered Design for Nonprofits and Social Causes

UI/UX design isn't limited to the business world; it plays a vital role in the nonprofit sector and social causes. Collaborating with organizations focused on making a positive impact has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career. These organizations often have limited resources, making the impact of good design even more pronounced. 

For example, working with a nonprofit that supports underprivileged children, I redesigned their website to make it more engaging and informative. This not only increased their online visibility but also attracted more donations, enabling the organization to help more children in need.


Designing for Sustainable Solutions

Sustainability is a global concern, and UI/UX design can contribute to it as well. Creating eco-friendly and sustainable user experiences involves reducing data and energy consumption. By optimizing graphics, minimizing the use of large media files, and encouraging responsible user behavior, we can lessen the environmental impact of digital products. 

One of my favorite projects was creating an app for eco-conscious consumers. The app encouraged users to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives, from reducing plastic waste to conserving water. The design aimed to make these actions easy and enjoyable, fostering a sense of achievement in users who made environmentally friendly choices.


Spreading the Message

Design advocacy and education are crucial in ensuring that UI/UX design continues to make a difference. By sharing my experiences and insights, I hope to inspire others to use their design skills for good. Whether it's through blog posts, workshops, or speaking engagements, I believe in the power of knowledge sharing


Challenges and Learning

It's important to acknowledge that using UI/UX design for impact comes with its challenges. Sometimes, resources are limited, and organizations may not fully understand the value of good design. Overcoming these challenges has been a learning experience, teaching me to communicate the impact of design effectively and work within constraints.



In conclusion, UI/UX design is not just about creating attractive visuals; it's about improving lives. Whether it's solving real-world problems, ensuring accessibility, working with nonprofits, promoting sustainability, or spreading the message, the impact of design is undeniable. As a UI/UX designer, I'm privileged to use my skills to create positive change, and I invite others to join in this mission. Together, we can design a better world, one user experience at a time.

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