From Technical Writer to Visual Designer...how best to make the transition?
14 Jun 2009 - 12:22am
4 years ago
First wanted to say thanks for this wonderful resource. My question
is that I am currently a technical writer interested in moving into a
visual design role. Though I have a stint of experience as a visual
designer, my educational background was not in design. I did look
into graduate programs but find that the HCI programs available seem
quite research based and are rooted more in psychology than applied
visual design, which is where my interest is in. Graphic design
degrees may not be quite as focused either on the interface design
aspects, plus I don't know how I feel about having to pay big bucks
for any masters degree that won't serve me much good in the future.
Would appreciate if I could have your thoughts- Is there a better way
to transition into the visual design field than formal education? Is
grad school even a necessity to succeed in this field? There is
currently no UI design team within my company, so a lateral move is
not a possibility unfortunately. Appreciate all thoughts as to how
best to go about making a design career a reality.