The Unnecessary Fragmentation of Design Jobs(m.signalvnoise.com)

over 6 years ago from Kyle Case, Product Designer

  • Paco Lara, over 6 years ago

    Of course that fragmentation exist... I think that everybody have to define who is. I like to be named as a UI/UX Designer or Product Designer. UI (interaction design, visual design...) is the field where I feel more confortable and where I am more proficient, but also I´m an User Experience designer. I work in a service design team and I´m not only a UI, visual designer but UX is a huge playground and, for instance, I´m not a specialist in researching or user testing... So, if I have to define myself I like to say I am a UI / UX designer. In this case, the order is important and try to show who I really am. Beside, I am an art director, but, maybe that should made the job position too long :D

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    • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 6 years ago

      but especially the title "Product Designer" or "UX Designer" is just such a trendy term. The people that use those terms to describe themselves are many times literally the same people, that were graphic designers, then web designers, then ui designers, then ux designer and then product designers - still doing more or less the same things, with different tools. They wear the hat that gets the most attention... fragmentation can be valuable, but not if its only used to exclude terms that are not very "in" right now.

      But of course you are right, one does not want to exclude things they do just by using a specific word to describe themselves. But from that point of view I'd have to describe myself as a branding-designer, information-architect, UX-designer, UI-engineer, frontend-developer and content strategist. Yet, the title that is in my working contract is "software developer". And from the point of the law, my profession is webdeveloper. My non-web friends think I am a programmer, and some just think that I am a graphic designer. O__O'

      Everyone has to decide for themselves. I personally just exclude the term designer more and more from myself, because as we fragment more and more and whats actually left to describe a designer, is a stereotypical type of person, that I don't wanna be seen as.

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      • Paco Lara, over 6 years ago

        Well, I´m just in the opposite side :) I´m a Designer. I don´t care about stereotype. I´m the kind of design I like to be. At the first steps of my career I worked in advertising and I was a web designer and art director. Currently, I work designing products and services, my focus is in user interfaces and interaction so I am a UI designer or product designer o whatever. Maybe in the future I will be a VR Designer, who knows... I agree with you. There are trends, of course, but trends are a consequence of the evolution of the discipline. Be described in the best way you find more accurate to describe who you are from a professional perspective. I think that is the point!

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