6. User Interface (UI) Designer
User interface (UI) designers use the research results from the user experience designers and interaction designers to sketch out what an interface will look like. Based on studies of how people navigate through a site, app, or tool, user interface designers plan and develop a way to make the navigation experience better.
Like user experience and interaction designers, wireframing, prototyping, and testing are part of the process. However, user interface designers are also involved with visual elements like buttons, menus, color, images, and type that would appear in a digital setting. “Visual representation is important. It’s not just decorating. Colors, words, language—these are all visual cues with meaning,” explains Professor Shaw.
7. Web Designer
Web designers create sites that are functional, easy to navigate, and visually attractive. They create the overall look of a website that fits with their client’s brand as well as resonates with their client’s target audience.
Web design is a role that has evolved with our ever-changing technological landscape, explains Professor Spitz. In the 1990s, as companies began launching websites, web design as the sole responsibility for designers was common. Today, there is more overlap, with web design being one of the responsibilities an interaction, user experience, and user interface designer could have.
8. Game Designer
Game designers develop the layout, code, storyline, environment, characters, and sounds of video games. They might also create other immersive experiences where the player or viewer is at the center of the action, such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), 3D audio, or using an LED wall to create a cinematic experience in a life-sized environment.
Creating complex games and immersive experiences requires many different skills. Game designers are visual artists and designers, storytellers, and programmers who use sophisticated digital software programs like Maya, ZBrush, Nuke, and the industry-standard real-time game engine, Unreal Engine, to create realistic visual effects (VFX). And they anticipate how a user will navigate and interact with their creations so that players and viewers can have the best experience possible.
Unsure of which path to take?
Design is a unique discipline because of its areas of overlap. So, when choosing the career path that’s right for you, our design and UX professors recommend that you think about your strengths, interests, and the types of problems you want to solve. You might even look at job descriptions and reach out to professionals to learn more about their roles and experiences.
But no matter what your job title is, as a designer, you’ll be improving our world by solving human-centered problems.
This article was updated in July 2021 from "7 Types of Designers You Could Be" to include the exciting field of Game Design.
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