For the past 10 years my career as a designer has primarily been in print. Today, I'm a designer with a keen interest in UX design so much so that I'm currently studying a 3 months part time course in UX design. My goal is to work as a UX designer upon completing my course.
Has anyone had success in transitioning from print design into UX design?
UX could really be considered an integral part of every form of design. Could you be more specific? I make websites for a living, and part of that involves creating a seamless UX.. Are you talking about UI / UX? Making apps, and websites with lots of functionality and elements?
Thank you for your post. I can see how my question is confusing.
I meant has anyone worked as a graphic designer in the print industry managed to step out of their print/advertising role and successfully transitioned into a UX designer role. I'm studying UX design as I want to step out of print and into UX/UI.
"User experience design (UXD or UED) is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product."
What sort of things are you learning at your UX course?
It really all comes down to how you plan to apply your UX knowledge? Do you wish to be an Interface designer? Someone who creates the front end screen or application that the user will interact with? Example: Facebook home screen, Instagram news feed, Adobe Photoshop working environment, these are all interface layouts which have been designed by a UI designer.
I am more or less a UI designer (As well as a multitude of other types of web and print based design). I design layouts for software companies to build their software around, back-end CMS themes and styling for websites with heavy content management requirements etc..
When designing a layout, it is up to the designer to make sure that user (customer, client - whatever) gets a finished product that is bulletproof, smooth, usable, beautiful, friendly and functional.
In answer to your question, yes I have had to make the transition as well. While still working as a regular graphic designer (in print) I'm also doing a lot more visual design for UI. But I haven't yet has a project where I've done a lot of UX design except when working on a website - in which case I'll do some wireframes, work out a basic user flow etc, do other research etc. This is all part of UX.
But my transition has been a bit unconventional in that I was approached by a client who creates analytics dashboards and scorecards. I started working on the user interface for these dashboards. This included UI design for desktop, iPad and iPhone data reports. I still work with this client regularly, but they kind of cover UX design at their end so I really just design all the functionality and everything that they say they need, with some of my own recommendations here and there for better usability.
I also studied a Grad Dip in Design Anthropology at Swinburne Uni. This is like a swanky version of UX design, using methods of anthropology research to understand how humans interact with technology and thus, creating a design or experience that suits this. As you can probably guess, I haven't yet had the opportunity to sell this as one of my services.... haha. It's difficult being a one-man band because despite having the know-how, I can't really reach the bigger clients who will hire me for these services.
Let us know how you find the course - I find General Assembly very awesome but really pricey. Hope it's worth it for you!
Thank you for your reply and taking the time to share your story with me. I enjoyed reading your transition and your experiences so far - well done you! You've given me confidence to keep pushing on with my studies and my UX plans. I hope that once I finish my course I'll get such an opportunity as you did to build up my experience and begin working in ux/ui. I'm pretty determined to make it happen : )
Yep GA is pretty pricey and it wasn't a decision I made over night, but I'm a month into the course and I am enjoying it very much... we have a great teacher and I'm learning loads.
It's always good to know how other people feel about the inevitable challenge all designers face of how to be a 'generaliser' and know a bit of everything while still somehow specialising in something you care about (and being able to explore new areas).
My work is so varied, and there are many aspects/forms I prefer over others. But for me, it's all about having a good mix of creative work (creative problem solving based on intuition and insight) and less creative, pragmatic work (technical problem solving based on known rules) so that I can stay balanced. If I can do that, I don't really mind what my day-to-day tasks are.
Good luck with your studies, I'd love to hear how you go with it.