Moving into UI design / UX from another web specialism
12 Mar 2009 - 7:38am
4 years ago
This follows on from a discussion I was involved with regarding
education for UX professionals. I'd be interested to know how easy
it's considered to move from one area of web work into a more
UI/UX-focused role (but still within the web industry).
I've read a couple of comments on older discussions that suggest
that it isn't that easy but I'd be interested to get wider
I'm currently working as a Web developer but have always been more
interested in the interaction / UI aspects of the job rather than
just the technical side, although it's only been reasonably recently
that I've realised this is a whole separate area!
Ideally I'd like to move from my current role into a "proper" UI /
UX role. In order to do this, I'm currently studying a
postgraduate-level course in UI design and evaluation (not a
Master's). I'm also trying to refine my experience a bit -- pushing
UCD where I can in my current work, redesigning my portfolio to
emphasise the UI design aspects of it, reading the blogs /
discussions etc. I'm also considering whether to take on voluntary
work or contacting agencies / individuals to find out a little bit
more about what they do.
Do people have any views on this -- indeed has anyone made the
transition from another web role (web designer, developer etc.) into
a UI/UX role and if so do you have any comments or recommendations?
Or is education to the key here, e.g. is an MSc in HCI etc.