The User Experience (UX) and design work are usually done by skilled professionals or by the developers themselves. The first option is almost always satisfactory but it puts the bottleneck on the designer and it is usually done hiring a designer, adding to your project costs. The second option is cheaper and immediate but, sincerely, most of the design done by developers is "less then stellar" (in kind words).
However, you don't have to pursue a designer carreer to successfully make a design for your next project. By applying time-proven knowledge and reusing great designs, you can have the best of both worlds. Your design won't play in Champions League (some things are best done by professionals) but it will surely be more than a match for your needs.
Learn the basic design concepts, essentials and recipes, without the boring stuff. Your next project will be glad you did.
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