5 ways to become the best design manager

By Dushyant Kanungo

Design Manager

Becoming a good design manager requires a combination of skills and experience. Here are a few key steps you can take to develop your abilities as a design manager:

1. Build your design skills

To be an effective design manager, it’s important to have a strong foundation in design principles and techniques. Make sure to continue learning and staying up to date with the latest design trends and best practices.

2. Develop your leadership skills

As a design manager, you’ll be responsible for leading and motivating your team. Develop your leadership skills by learning to communicate effectively, delegate tasks, and create a positive and collaborative team culture.

3. Learn to manage projects and budgets

Design managers are responsible for overseeing the development and execution of design projects, which requires strong project management and budgeting skills. Consider taking courses or earning a certification in project management to develop these skills.

4. Build your network

Networking with other design professionals and staying connected with industry trends and developments can help you stay up-to-date and learn from others in the field. Consider joining professional organizations or attending industry events to expand your network.

5. Seek out opportunities for growth

As UX and design leaders, we constantly seek ways to elevate the user experience and bring innovative ideas to life. I believe that good design has the power to solve complex problems and create meaningful connections with people.

Look for opportunities to take on more responsibility or challenge yourself in your current role, or consider seeking out new opportunities that will allow you to develop your skills and experience as a design manager.

One of the keys to successful UX and design leadership is staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends and techniques. This means constantly learning and experimenting with new tools and approaches, as well as staying attuned to the needs and desires of users.


Overall, becoming a great design manager requires a combination of design expertise, leadership skills, and the ability to manage projects and budgets effectively. You can develop the skills and experience needed to excel as a design manager by continuing to learn and grow in your role.

To learn more about UX from industry experts, listen to our podcast UX Banter available on Spotify, or watch the episodes on YouTube.

Also, do check us out on Galaxy UX Studio.

Explore Related Podcasts

SHOW MORE arrow-img
S3-E13 - Thursday Sep 7, 2023
Amplifying Diversity in Design: A Discussion with Jonelle Chandler

In this episode, we are joined by Jonelle Chandler - Partner and Chief Creative Officer at Qualified Digital. A dynamic design leader dedicated to empowering diverse design thinkers and bridging the gender and ethnic gap in tech. She actively mentors through programs like Built By Girls, ADPList, Women in Wireless, Blacks Who Design, and the Invision Design Leadership Forum, excelling in crafting innovative digital experiences by harmonizing business objectives, technology, data, and creativity.

S3-E12 - Thursday Aug 31, 2023
Crafting Immersive Experiences: The Role of Storytelling in CX & UX Design – Hans Forsman

In this episode, we are joined by Hans Forsman, an award-winning Creative Director known for his "can do" attitude and strategic brand expertise. With a remarkable track record, he's transformed goals into unforgettable results, crafting brand stories and cutting-edge campaigns. From Reebok to HBO Now, Hans has left his creative mark across diverse industries.