Why Make the Pivot from Graphic Designer to User Experience Designer?

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Graphic design and User Experience Design are both fascinating fields that involve research, creativity, and critical thinking.

Just to give you some context: I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor in graphic design and have worked in the field ever since. It wasn’t until about two months ago that I started looking into user experience (UX) design. Though I still love graphic design, UX design not only can involve graphic design, but also has much more promise as career path.

Currently, I am seven weeks into the 10-Week User Experience Design Immersive Program at General Assembly. Deciding to make this transition came with a great deal of research, planning, and a little courage. I’m here to help you with the same difficult decision that I had to make. Below I listed some of the reasons I decided to make this pivot to UX:

  • I still test my creative problem solving abilities and with UX/UI design, it can still involve a great deal of visual hierarchy
  • If you are skilled with Adobe Illustrator, learning Sketch (a commonly used wireframing and prototyping software, among UX designers) is a “cake walk”
  • Half of all “Graphic Design” jobs seem to actually want a UX/UI designer
  • Half of all “UX Design” jobs seem to prefer someone with graphic design experience
  • The average salary of a UX designer is much higher than the average for a graphic designer
  • UX designers are still in great demand, since it’s a field that is still growing, while graphic design is a more stagnant field
  • Professional looking template software, very cheap logo designers, websites for hiring outsourced freelance work, styleguide creation software, etc., are all becoming more accessible and replacing legitimate graphic design professionals
  • Truly good graphic design should also involve UX design; by catering to your users with, not only an aesthetically pleasing product, but one that is also easily useable/readable

In conclusion: all you graphic designers out there who are having trouble finding work or trouble finding jobs in your field that pay well, consider looking into UX design. You won’t regret, I know I don’t.