IX / UX or UI designer?

24 Feb 2012 - 11:25am
3 years ago
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Hi All,

All through my career, as a Graphic Designer I never explored anything other than graphic and print design. Now, I am interested and want to expand my skill set. I have no coding knowledge, but can understand HTML and css codings. I am not good with coding and at this point in my career, I dont want to get into it. I am interested to learn more about IX, UX and UI design. Wherever I search, I am not able to find any standard description or  defined career path for UX, IX  / UI designer.  

I have questions related to UX, IX and UI design. I'm relatively new to this field. I am not sure where to start and how to proceed.  I like to explore and learn sitemap, wireframing and prototyping, where it involves just designing and not coding. Is there anything else I need to focus on other than these three? (sitemap, wireframing and prototyping) Can someone pls explain how a Graphic Designer can transform to UX, IX or UI designer. I have lack of understanding on this, I request your help. I really appreciate, if someone can suggest good Software, books, forums, articles to start with. Thanks!


29 Feb 2012 - 6:42am
Jack L. Moffett

Hi Ras,

Graphic Design is a great starting point for learning Interaction Design. I have a series of posts on DesignAday that are intended for people just as yourself. Take a look at http://designaday.tumblr.com/tagged/IxDn00b. They're listed in reverse-chronological order, so I recommend starting with the one at the end.



29 Feb 2012 - 9:17am
29 Feb 2012 - 11:16pm

Jesse James Garrett's The elements of User Experience Design is what you need. You may Also read About Face 3: The Essentails of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper and Information Architecture for World Wide Web a.k.a The Polar Bear book. 

Also, this is an Interesting article - http://www.adaptivepath.com/ideas/six-habits-for-visual-designers-new-to-ux-design


1 Mar 2012 - 12:05pm

If i may humbly suggest my book http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321600800

From reviews "This book is not meant for specialized Information Architects, rather it is aimed at Designers who need to perform IA tasks as part of their job. The book touches on key points such as creating personas and user-flows. This easy-to-read book carries a light-hearted tone, and charming illustrations by Michael Fleming are used as humorous visual aids for the concepts."

As well there are so many awesome publications you can read, from
Johnny Holland johnnyholland.org
Boxes and Arrows boxesandarrows.com
UX Matters uxmatters.com
and more....

Enjoy your explorations!!!

1 Mar 2012 - 12:57pm

Hi Ras,

Just wanted to add to the already great suggestions.

Jeffrey Zeldman wrote a great book EXACTLY for people in your situation called Taking Your Talent to the Web. And, it turns out, the book is available as a free download:


Highly reccomended.



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