Will MacIvor is currently a Design Lead at Shopify, and his path to getting there has been a winding one. In conversation, MacIvor shared his experiences and advice on UX and beyond.
Michael-Owen Liston is a designer with a diverse background, having worked as a musician and in social services prior to his career in interaction design and UX. While completing his masters of interaction design at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Liston became interested in the potential of using chatbots to help people who are underserved.
Dale McRae started out in the print industry, eventually transitioning into digital design and UX. Since then, he has worked at agencies including Tribal DDB, Usability Matters, and as an in-house designer at Varagesale, and the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. McRae shares his journey into UX and advice for people transitioning.
The AFC (formerly the Actors’ Fund of Canada) provides emergency financial assistance to entertainment industry professionals in need. The AFC had been using an ever-expanding version of an application form since around 2000, and over time had become cluttered and unwieldy.
Career transitions are not a walk in the park, and although graphic design and UX have many overlapping or transferrable skills, designers will face challenges along the course of this transition.
At a foundational level, both Graphic Design and UX are about solving problems through design, and there are also some differences to note.