Article by: Matt Donahue
The user experience (UX) industry is made up of a lot of intertwining professions that all coincide with the same goal in mind, to create a positive and rewarding experience for the user. Here is a quick list of the top 5 UX professions to help you get started on figuring out which is best for you.
- UX Designer:
UX designers become familiar with the needs of the product for the user, design interactivity for the product, develop the product, test it, and implement the feedback from customers in order to make what they want a reality. The profession essentially focuses on intuitively presenting what a product has to offer to the user in a way that they value and understand it. It’s less about the visual design of the product and more about the experience and feedback a product gives back to the user.
- User Researcher:
User Researchers are responsible for finding and understanding user needs, behaviors, and motivations with the product. In this position, researchers will figure out what and how the user is experiencing products to ultimately make the changes needed to maximize the experience for the user.
- Information Architect:
An Information Architect is responsible for a product’s navigation flow and organization as well as how that information is stored in the project. This job requires being able to organize and label websites, online communities and the software itself so that information can be easily accessible and used to run the product for the user. The position is very much connected with other positions in the UX industry in being able to make the information stored in the product usable and findable by the user.
- Interaction Designer:
This is the profession of creating the connection between the user and the products themselves. Much like UX designers, both work the same field to create a positive experience for the user in their separate ways. Interaction design is more based about the creation of responsiveness between the user and product itself. Having the product be able to provide functions easily understood by the user and then act on those functions accordingly. Comparatively, UX designers interpret and research more of who the users are and use that data to design the product to fit the users.
- User Interface Designer:
Much like a UX designer again, the way UX designers and user interface designer (UI) differ is that UI designers are more concerned with how the software and information itself is presented to the user. So, for example, the incomprehensible information stored inside a computer or phone is translated to the user so that they can fully interpret and understand what is being communicated to them.
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