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) :