Advise needed on career change

18 Jan 2011 - 10:40am
5 years ago
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Hi everyone,

I'm freelance graphic designer. I know web design programs such as HTML, dreamweaver, flash, actionscript, jquery, CSS. I can design and build a website, but I have hard time "breaking" into the web design/interactive design job position/title. I need your advise. Should I go to back to school to get MA in interactive/interaction design or UX design? or certificate course will do. BTW, I also do pro-bono web design work for non-profit, but the process has been really slow.



19 Jan 2011 - 2:13pm

I think one of the more interesting jobs out there today is the Visual Designer who is able to be the bridge between the Interaction Designer and the Engineers. This person can skin a site and do graphic design but is also called on to build the skins and arrange controls in the code. We are actively looking for a person who has skills much like yours but we are having a hard time finding someone that can both do Flex coding and graphic design.

19 Jan 2011 - 3:49pm

Hi Bo,

Your respond make me feel more confident for being graphic designer. For the past few months I though I was working in the wrong field. Only if most of the hiring manager is thinking the same as you. Thank you!

19 Jan 2011 - 5:47pm
Josh B Williams

If you are doing pro-bono work you may want to consider just doing a few high concept pieces for your portfolio. Non-profits usually have very limited scope and vision for a website. If you aren’t getting paid it should be something you care about. You might want to consider creating your own concept for a startup or new software package to put in your portfolio.
If you are looking for an entry-level job they most likely wont care what your client list is just how good your portfolio looks. There have been a few really good posts on IxDA about what makes a good portfolio; I would start by researching on that topic.

19 Jan 2011 - 9:00pm

I had to laugh when I read this. I am having the opposite trouble, breaking into my profession of information architecture! (MSIS and HCI) I know the job market is tight, but I am finding that employers want programmers. I cannot design or think interaction when I am programming and I really don't want to program. However, I can design any kind of information including when I worked as a writer (MA Technical Communication) that included partipating in software and web site development. I have mock ups in Balsamiq and I have a web page, but do not like to show it to people because they will think I can't design and it is not what they are looking for.

I am totally stumped!

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