• Ian WilliamsIan Williams, over 9 years ago

    Beep boop bop computers.

    53 points
  • Derryl CarterDerryl Carter, over 9 years ago

    I put dents in the universe.

    27 points
  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I've been A/B testing a few of them here are the reactions so far:

    I'm a designer: Oh, cool. (Generally they think I just make flyers)

    I'm a UX Designer: Whats that? (No one knew what it was, and I had to mumble something about users)

    I'm a User Interface Designer: Oh cool, for like websites and stuff? (Most people get this for some reason, and ask more. Also seems to get a little more respect if thats important to you)

    I Design websites and apps: Oh cool! (I think this one wins so far, its clear, its not over the top, and they get it)

    26 points
  • Andrew RitchieAndrew Ritchie, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    "I'm not even sure anymore"

    Then maybe start a long winded explanation depending on how that goes

    12 points
  • Chris CChris C, over 9 years ago

    I design apps that don't piss people off when they use them.

    9 points
  • Aaron NgAaron Ng, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I build apps and websites.

    8 points
  • Dan HoughDan Hough, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    Edit: I forgot. Once while visiting my sister and her ex in South Korea, when their school kids (they taught English) asked what I do, my sister's ex came up with the perfect description:

    "Dan is an Internet Explorer"

    One day, I'll put that on a business card.

    6 points
  • Joe LacknerJoe Lackner, over 9 years ago

    i work at the internet.

    6 points
  • Laurie Cai, over 9 years ago

    I told them to picture a skyscraper. The architect designs the building and the construction workers build it. Apply the same idea to web and mobile apps and we have designers and engineers.

    6 points
  • Ryan Hicks, over 9 years ago

    I'm an experience designer.

    "What's that?"

    I design mobile and web applications. Stuff that you use daily on your phone or computer. I make sure your experience on those devices are awesome.

    "Oh. Cool"

    4 points
  • Martin BavioMartin Bavio, over 9 years ago

    "I'm an unicorn"

    3 points
  • Bilal MohammedBilal Mohammed, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    (To my peers) "UX Designer" "Oh nice bro"

    (To relatives) "Product Designer. I design products" "Oh that's nice"

    (To wummin) "Graphic Designer" BAM! I can haz all them wummin.

    3 points
  • Mitch Malone, over 9 years ago

    I've found that "software designer" is an easy thing for most lay people to understand.

    If I speak to someone in tech, design, or the ad world, I'll usually give them my proper job title.

    2 points
  • Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, over 9 years ago

    I usually start out by answering in the most general way possible, "I'm a designer". If they probe further, I'll expand on that answer by getting more specific.

    When describing my work, I always try and use words and analogies that everyone can understand. There's nothing more annoying than someone who revels in confusing their audience with industry lingo and vague corporate-speak (yes, even "hip" startup talk is corporate-speak).

    Most people only ask because it's a simple way to start a conversation (albeit an overrated one). The last thing I want to do is bore or confuse them. Keep it simple and relatable.

    2 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 9 years ago

    I always say this:

    "Do you know what a doctor is? Okey, now, do you know what a surgeon is? Okey, I'm the surgeon of the design world, I'm an IA.

    2 points
  • Paul JarvisPaul Jarvis, over 9 years ago

    I tell people I invented the Internet, then apologize to Al Gore.

    2 points
  • Adham DannawayAdham Dannaway, over 9 years ago

    Now I just say that I "make" websites to avoid a blank stare when you tell someone that you're a UI/UX Designer and Front End Developer LOL!

    1 point
  • Jared KrauseJared Krause, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    Use to delve into product, UX, etc.. but over the years I've learned the correct response:

    I make apps and websites.

    Anything further sounds like we're justifying our silly career. Wait for the questions.

    1 point
  • Chris CChris C, over 9 years ago

    Also, there's this: http://99u.com/articles/23401/answering-the-dreaded-so-what-do-you-do-question

    0 points
  • Ed ChaoEd Chao, over 9 years ago

    "I'm a designer at _______." Usually describing the company and its product will then get the job done.

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 9 years ago

    This is how it goes a lot of the time now that I'm not doing the stuff I was doing in LA:

    Them: "Oh, what do you do?"

    Me: "I'm a Creative Director"

    Them: "Oh, what's that?"

    Me: "I manage blah, blah, blah blah... designing blah, blah, blah... which is really exciting because blah, blah, blah.

    Them: [crickets]

    Me: "Basically, I make shit pretty".

    Them: "Ohhhh, that's so cool! I have a second cousin who's uncle's son does watercolor paintings."

    Me: "Sweet".

    0 points
  • Joe Blau, over 9 years ago

    I tell everyone I'm a Janitor. Why? Because I always end up cleaning up all of the $#!T. But really, it depends on how seriously I gauge the interaction is going to be.

    Funny story: 3 years ago, I was in Vegas at Marquee doing the whole Janitor thing. Bottle service, EDM, standing on couches having fun and this girl comes up to me and asks "What do you do?" I tell her I'm a Janitor and she says "No you're not, not with that Breitling on your arm." Then I told her, I'm really good at what I do.

    0 points
  • Adrian HowardAdrian Howard, over 9 years ago

    For people inside the techie/design bubble: Half UX and half dev. Heavy background in Agile & Lean.

    For people outside techie/design bubble: I help make web stuff that's useful and fun to use.

    0 points
  • Wes OudshoornWes Oudshoorn, over 9 years ago

    I pick colors.

    0 points
  • Per VPer V, over 9 years ago

    "I do e-commerce", is my answer.

    0 points
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 9 years ago

    I tackle this one in stages, depending on the knowledge and interest revealed by the victim.

    • I work in web design
    • User interface design for web-based applications.
    • UI and UX for a company that provides practice management and e-learning software for the dental industry.

    Occasionally I'll follow up with a smidgeon about front-end development and experience implementing and/or working with a wild variety of CMSes, as people tend to ask about "what you do" to determine "what you CAN do".

    0 points
  • Sarah RobinSarah Robin, over 9 years ago

    "I design and program software interfaces. Like what an app looks like and how you interact with it."

    That being said, sincerely considering Ian W.'s beep boop bop computers line.

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 9 years ago

    I create culture.

    0 points
  • Casey BrittCasey Britt, over 9 years ago

    I make websites and apps. This is far easier than saying your title or trying to explain what exactly it is that you do.

    0 points
  • Ross JohnsonRoss Johnson, over 9 years ago

    I usually just tell people I'm a janitor. They typically laugh and think I'm joking but most days I'm just cleaning up messes so it seems appropriate enough.

    0 points
  • Benjamin KowalskiBenjamin Kowalski, over 9 years ago

    Internet Carpenter & Plumber.

    0 points
  • Nate NavascaNate Navasca, over 9 years ago

    I tell them I design apps. Most industry language is way too over-the-top and self-important for any normal conversation.

    0 points
  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, over 9 years ago

    I build things on the internet—mostly for casinos.

    0 points
  • Brian A.Brian A., over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    "I'm a UI Designer. Basically, I design websites and apps."

    It's an oversimplification, yes, but it avoids having to explain things if I don't feel like talking to the person.

    0 points
  • Jayna WallaceJayna Wallace, over 9 years ago

    When I moved into my current role my title changed from {UI/UX/Product} Designer to Director of Product -- and it's definitely cut down on the inane "oooh, I have a friend who needs a {website, logo, poster, t-shirt design, etc.}!" responses I used to get. I still do design work (with the added responsibilities of product management) - but the "Product" title is a lot easier (for me) to explain. That, or there are just less follow-up questions afterwards to content with.

    0 points
  • Jonathan CutrellJonathan Cutrell, over 9 years ago

    I tell them that I work with digital media, and that usually consists of building websites. Generally, people write me off, and that's okay.

    Once they see the sites I build, things change. :)

    0 points
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, over 9 years ago

    I used to tell them I did social strategy, which always followed up with a long confusing conversation. I tell them I build websites now. A lot easier and comes with a lot more respect :)

    0 points
    • Travis VocinoTravis Vocino, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

      As someone who has worked with technology for my whole life, I'm still confused when people tell me they do "social strategy" for a living.

      1 point
      • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, over 9 years ago

        Honestly - its a load of shit. I started in social strategy which then became digital strategy (which all digital channels for marketing). That made more sense. Social is a bunch of people with no real skills, IMO. Which is why I left.

        1 point