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.

Over-simplistically:

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) : What is UxP?

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