Once upon a time I had dreams of becoming a doctor. Then the editor in chief of Teen Vogue (shout out Elaine Welteroth, the current editor in chief, for being AMAZING in that position). Then a screenwriter, director, producer, fashion designer, then a doctor again. I was even premed for a while when I went back to school, but they say if you aren’t 100% sure that you want to be in the field of medicine – don’t go into that field. And at some point, my 100% certainty dwindled to 90%, 80%, 70% until ultimately, I decided that medical school was not the right path for me at this time. I realized that I need to be in an industry where I can let my creativity flow and wander wherever it pleases. Prior to making this self-discovery, I felt like my desire to create was stunted because there simply was no time for it and there was just nothing coming to me. Artistic and creative mediums have always been my means of coping with things, whatever they may be. It dawned on me that I am not myself if I’m not being creative and it may seem silly, but I need to have a creative outlet for my sanity and the freedom to do so.
Now armed with this new understanding of myself and what I need (because it is SO important to continue to get to know yourself so you know what you need in order to make sure you’re living your best life) I’ve set out to determine what I should do. I knew that I wanted to go to school for business, but I don’t know for sure what I want to do after. Recently I’ve been really intrigued by the allure of UX, UI, and graphic design however I don’t know what the core differences are. I’m interested in hearing from those who work in those positions and what y’all think.
UX/UI’ers – does your job allow for creativity? What should I look for when determining which would be the best for me?
Graphic Designers – It seems like this job is almost 100% geared towards being creative, but I’m not sure what it entails so I could be totally wrong.
Additionally, what are the pros and cons of working as a UX, UI, or graphic designer?