How Do I Change My Career from Graphic Design to UX Design?

Gabrielle

If you decided to change the focus of your work from graphic to UX design, be ready to learn a lot. There are hard skills, that will need to be renewed and soft skills, that will have to be refreshed. The easy part is that if you're a pro in graphic design and has lots of experience in teamwork with UX designer, marketers, business analysts, it will take less time to get back up to speed.

In the article, we will show you step by step how to switch your career from graphic to UX design.

What Is UX?

User experience design is a process of improving user satisfaction with a website or an app. Usability, accessibility, and other perspectives on touchpoints between a user and a platform are improved by a UX designer.

Flowchart
FlowMapp's Flowchart UX Tool

The process of making a UX design is far more complicated than the process of graphic design. UX designer is created in many steps of analysis, graphic design, and analysis again. Graphic design is more linear, and the UX one consists of many steps, where graphic design is just a small part.

Overlapping Skills

Graphic and UX design has lots of overlapping skills, so when transitioning to UX design, you won't need to learn from scratch.

Connection With Users

Both UX design and graphic design's goal is to create an emotional connection with the user through colors, fonts, prototype. However, UX designers are concentrated on the architecture, interaction, and accessibility of it.

Also, a UX designer has to see the big picture to create a truly seasoned product.

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FlowMapp's Customer Journey Map UX Tool

Creativity & Conventions

Creativity is certainly needed both for UX designers and graphic ones. Ability to see through ordinary things to create something original.

Of course, there is no good design without creative conventions. It's been adorable by the users for many years: colors, fonts, etc. Also, the message of the design mustn't be over-covered by the design itself. Meaning that you can't create a warning sign in green color, it has to be red so the users will understand. Clarity is the point.

Prototyping

Graphic designers are familiar with prototyping because of mockups. They help to show a design to a client for the edition. For a UX designer prototyping is more about usability and user experience.

Sitemap ux tool
FlowMapp's Sitemap UX Tool

How to Switch From Graphic to UX?

Let's see the guidance on what you'll need to do besides repeating the overlapping skills to become a UX designer with a graphic designer background.

Learn the Basics

We couldn't skip this one, so if you decide to get deep in the theory or simply understand clearly how it works, you'll need to get an education. It can be online courses, tutorials, or a university degree. Here are some cool and complete courses on UX:

  • Coursera
  • Udemy
  • Interaction Design Foundation.

There are many more ones that you can learn about here.

Practice & Gain Skills

With practice you learn most effectively, so, try to create a prototype from a scratch! Don't be afraid to make mistakes, with the guidance of your colleagues, mentor, or community, you'll reach the heights of the UX. Here are some prototyping tools to start with:

  1. InVision
  2. Sketch
  3. Adobe XD

Much more information and details on the best prototyping tools you'll find here.

Make sure you stress on these hard skills while you practice:

  • Info architecture
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Visual interaction.

To mention, all these skills you can gain steadily, don't worry if it doesn't come all at once.

PORTFOLIO BY Elena Saharova

Feedback & Portfolio

Networking with the other designers is an integral part of growing as a professional. Go to Dribbble or Behance to become a part of the community. Show the world your work and get criticized. An adequate critic is what your creation stronger. Start making a portfolio as soon as you have some works: it will help you to acknowledge the development of your performance, help the HRs to find your resume online, and prove your skills.

If you have doubts about portfolio creation, click here to read or full guidance on the topic.

PORTFOLIO BY Gabriel Avédikian

Summary

Graphic designers and UX designers have lots in common and the most obvious thing is design. These people both speak the visual language, so the transition is not going to be unbearably difficult.

Refresh your skills, learn, and get feedback – this is the recipe that always works!

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