Considering a Career in Product Design

Erick Eriksson, Product Designer at Spotify, talks about the general space of Product Design – what it is and what it isn’t.

In his post, Product Design is not just about visuals or attractiveness, although these are important. Product Design is about finding solutions, the process in obtaining said solution, and determining what problems have enough value in solving. It’s all about brand identity and communicating the product’s message and functionality beyond its appealing form. The process is rather comprehensive, and specialties have arisen to target specific tasks within Product Design, such as User Researcher, Prototyper, Data/Business Analysts, Graphic and UX Designers. It’s all about the final product and the value it serves. This means a combination of several disciplines. But this type of breakdown only really exists in large companies. Anyone playing this role in a smaller environment will quickly find themselves in a hybrid role.

The lesson here is that technical managers should never ask their team members to simply “make it pretty”. Defining the product and the visual design go hand in hand.

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