9 Types of Tech Design Jobs for Creative People

1. Graphic Designer

One of the most in-demand design professionals in the market is a graphic designer. A graphic designer creates designs for product illustrations, marketing collateral, brand identities and websites using computer software like the Adobe Creative Suite. They merge technical skill with artistic ability to create a design that communicates with its target audience. Graphic designers may work independently as freelancers or contractors, in an in-house setting for a company or in an agency setting.

Skills required:
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Typography
  • Digital art
  • Packaging design

2. UX/UI Designer

UX and UI designers are the ones who make user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) fantastic! They make websites, mobile applications, software or video games easier to navigate and more intuitive for users to interact with. They study and evaluate how people feel about a particular system and design their product to cater to the needs of the user. They also analyze the specific components of the system such as usefulness, value, credibility and accessibility. For example, a UX designer might work with a retailer to update their product webpages and remove issues like frustrating forms, hard-to-find buttons and visual clutter that can prevent users from making a purchase.

Skills required:
  • Web programming languages (JavaScript, HTML5, CSS)
  • Layout
  • Prototyping
  • UI/UX Wireframes
  • Communication skills

3. Mobile Designer

Mobile designers are responsible for creating apps that can be used on smartphones, tablets, and other portable technology that are responsive, beautiful, and easy to use. As a mobile designer, it’s up to you to tap into what consumers need to make their daily lives more efficient, as so many of them use their mobile devices for work. Alternately, it could be up to you to make consumers’ daily lives more fun and interesting by designing apps that keep their brains engaged and occupied when they’re not at work. The market for mobile designers is ever-expanding as our handheld technologies get smaller and smarter, so you need to be on your toes and ready to adapt to change at all times.

Skills required:
  • Familiarity with mobile operating systems, layout
  • Interfacing
  • Touch screen integration
  • Streamlining content
  • Data management and analysis

4. Augmented Reality Designer

Augmented reality is a rapidly growing market, its potential only partially realized in Pokemon Go. As these technologies increase, job growth will increase as well. The goal of an augmented reality designer is to seamlessly layer the digital world with the physical one, providing an unparalleled experience for the user. Moving beyond gaming and entertainment, this technology could eventually be tailored to things like education and medicine. For instance: If you’ve played PokemonGO, you know that the app takes the digital game world of Pokemon and sets it in the real world. Users can “hunt” Pokemon in their own neighborhoods, collecting supplies at real-life locations and even snapping photos of Jigglypuffs and Eevees at their favorite diners.

Skills required:
  • Programming
  • Interfacing, Layout
  • Graphic design
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Digital art

5. Game Designer

As a game designer, you would be responsible for creating the core of a game. You would set a theme, create a rulebook, establish characters and plot arcs when applicable, and cater the atmosphere for players. In some instances, you may even get to flex your writing muscles and create the dialogue for characters in the game. Usually, you are not required to do any actual code writing or programming as a game designer. Instead, you would be responsible for problem solving and thinking quickly on your feet, and predicting potential actions of game players and what the outcomes of those actions would look like in the game. It would flex all of your creative muscles in a fast-paced, challenging environment.

Skills required:
  • Problem solving
  • Writing
  • Multimedia art
  • Storytelling

6. Multimedia Artist & Animator

These professionals create animations and special effects for movies, television, video games and other forms of media, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.Having sketching skills will be a great advantage. They work with teams of animators and artists to bring ideas to life using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Some work in studios or offices, but many are self-employed and work from home.

Skills required:
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital Art
  • Animation
  • UX Wireframes
  • Adobe Acrobat

7. Art Director

Art directors work in a variety of settings such as magazines, newspapers, internet-based publications and advertising or public relations agencies. They communicate with clients while overseeing project budgets and timelines. They manage a team of design professionals, reviewing and approving all creative materials before presenting to clients.

Skills required:
  • Art, layout, marketing and sales
  • Typography
  • Image editing
  • Social media management
  • Communication & leadership skills
  • Multimedia

8. Interior Designer

Professionals in this occupation work with interior spaces to improve the safety, functionality and aesthetic appeal of the area. They select colour schemes, furniture, flooring, lighting and all other elements of a room or building. Interior designers also sketch their ideas or use design software to communicate their plans with the architects, structural engineers and builders who bring their designs to life.

Skills required:
  • Customer Service
  • Communication skills
  • Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CAD) Software
  • Sales

9. Fashion Designer

Professionals in this field design new clothing and accessories. Designs are sketched on paper and then colors, materials and textures of the final product are determined. Fashion designers study fashion trends carefully and analyse them. They then provide sample garments to sales representatives and agents in hopes of selling their own collections.

Skills required:
  • Product design and development
  • Digital art
  • Sales
  • Adobe Photoshop

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