UX Designer / Visual Designer / Interaction Designer
What’s the Difference?
Depends on who’s asking. The labels are often conflated in the jobs/recruiting arena. As noted by others here, there’s also some understandable overlap.
user experience designer : customer-centric perspective; fully featured implications (i.e. goes beyond the screen)
- Keyword: Context
visual designer : the “make it look pretty” imperative; styling, graphics, branding, coat-of-paint
- Keyword: Styling
interaction designer : choreographs “the dance” between UI (user interface) components and usage; functionality, flow, and workflow-oriented
- Keyword: Agency
As a general rule, all three are sort-of-expected to have visual design skills because we tend to ‘visualize’ when we make the leap to solutions.
Note: I tend to view the UX Practice (not limited to UX design – whatever that is) as the comprehensive umbrella which encompasses all three of these. And more (Research, for example) :
Buzzwords in Good Currency
An eyeball assessment of traffic on LinkedIn indicates that the overwhelming majority (+95%) of new UX-ers self-identify as “designers”. Note: Some co-identify as Researchers or Product Designers …
… but the takeAway is that ‘designer’ is the label which resonates most with clients, recruiters, and practitioners.
This is understandable on several levels:
- It’s accessible (not a tech-term)
- It’s visual (I see what you mean)
- It has cachet (Think “designer brand [anything]”)
- It provides immediate satisfaction (I like that color)
The not-so-great implications: shallowness & superficiality
The Usability Umbrella embraces a far richer range of engagement and skills – yet relatively few practitioners describe themselves in those terms.
Perhaps ‘presentation’ design will become the defining term for the UX field. Other skills (: Analysis, Research, Architecture, Strategy) will re-emerge with their own specialized labels.
- Clearly, a fully-featured UX Practitioner is well-served by having skills beyond .
We’ll see …
Quora is a terrific resource.