Ask DN: What's the role of a Product Designer?

over 7 years ago from Jitachi Garcia, Designer at Mashape

  • Kyle A Kyle A , over 7 years ago

    I think of a product designer as someone who designs for physical products. For example, someone that designs how a pen should be shaped and colored. I personally create UI, icons, logos, and layouts. Therefore instead of "UI Designer" or "Branding Designer" I just consider myself a "Visual Designer". UI and icons are what I sell myself as in my portfolio, but I feel that title is less constraining and prompts clients to ask "Can you do this?" or "What types of work do you do besides UI and Icons?"

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    • , over 7 years ago

      True. I've worked as a physical product designer before, now I'm working digital products, however a digital solution can be a product too. Your email solves your communication problems, that's a product. Dropbox solves the file transfer problem, that's a product.

      I like how the term has evolved to "Visual designer" that's cool, but when you work in the "How it works" part (e.g. flows, interactions, user cases) I think its not more "visual designer".

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