How would you describe to your child what are the responsibilities of the UX/UI Designer, Product Designer, Product Manager?
If I were a child, I wouldn't understand you guys.
UX/UI and Product Designer = Coloring experts
Product Manager = Coloring book page chooser.
I recently changed our job titles from UI/UX Designer to Product Designer for a few reasons. I felt it was important to vet and inform potential employees of what is involved in designing and building a product (verses designing and building for clients in an agency setting), as well as the skillsets involved in building a product (sprints, squads, frontend development). It involves all the same things as UI/UX, but with specific expectations and executions.
Oh, I love the way you think.
I would say, a UI/UX Designer is the one who takes care of most of the design requirements, a Product Manager bridges the gap between the designers and developers and other relevant teams and Product Designer is the combination of the first two. Makes sense?
A Product Designer would also include elements of UX research, whereas UX/UI Designer would typically work alongside a UX Researcher as well as a Product Manager.
It's not "better" to be either, just where specialties lie.
Do you want to be a "jack of all trades" or have sharper focus in a narrower part of the product development cycle?
This is a never ending debate :) If you ask 100 designers, you'll get 100 different answers. Anyway, here's my take on that:
- UI/UX Designers will create screens and flows to solve a given problem. Their solutions are usable, understandable and enjoyable.
- Product Designers do that as well, and also make sure that we're building the right thing and trying to solve the right problem (considering user needs and business objectives). Their role is to save the engineering team as much time as they can. 90% of their work will never be released because it was just explorations meant to define the right path to follow.
- Product Managers will coordinate, plan the release of those solutions and keep track of the success.
I think there's a huge overlap on a senior product designer's role and a senior PM's role. I've seen some organizations without any PM, only senior designers.
Product Manager is a real thing that makes sense. The others are just asinine semantics.
Labels invented to make you feel more important
UI/UX Designer = Product Designer = Designer = incharge of the creation
Product Manager = Manager = incharge of the business
Where I'm working UX/UI Designer and Product Designer are the same things. I suppose that an UX/UI Designer that works in an agency is not a Product Designer though ? If you stick to the literal definition of "product". Also, still where I'm working, the Product Manager is the designer that is also a manager. He manages all the Product Designer of our enterprise.
I personally feel (and I haven't seen this expressed yet in the design community) that UX/UI as a term is misleading. UX/UI stands for User Experience and User Interface. But a user's experience is not just with the product, it's also every touchpoint they have with the company: sales, marketing, account manager, etc. A user's experience should be looked at holistically. But in today's world, a UX/UI designer just focuses on the product, so the correct term is Product Designer. Either we kill off UX/UI as a term or change the position's details to that of someone who designs the end to end experience from when a user first discovers the company to when they are in the product.
To be fair, I've doing this shit for 10 years and I can honestly say I'm still confused with titles as I was when I first started. Just call yourself what you feel is fit for the job or what you want to do at the time.
It depends on how badly mummy needs a job/ how much Im willing to be paid to do the job of 2/3 people. Everyone has a price.