Question by Krista Dior: Where can I get UI Experience?
I’ve seen a plethora of jobs for “UI Designers” lately, and to someone like me, who has been a graphic designer (web design) for 10 years, I thought it would be a cinch to grab a job in this field. Not really the case!!! I’ve applied for a number of these jobs with responses like, ” We find that you are not qualified for this position.” The worst response I’ve seen was to a summer intern job.. I didn’t even get a chance to interview for it. I have a B.A. in Digital Graphics, I’ve taken a ton of web design classes over the years, so what gives? What skills am I lacking? How is a user interface (UI) in Web 2.0 so difficult?
Well, based on the answers I’ve seen so far, it doesn’t look like it’s a very artistic job.. which is what I am looking for. I am an artist, not a programmer, although the money is usually better in that area, I am not wasting my creative talents on coding all day… so, with that said, I am going to continue my studies in Flash design, where I can let my mind go free…

Best answer:

Answer by pugyking
Not really a pro on this, but nobody else answered so…

Web 2.0 is quite different from standard web design using different languages (no html). To some extent it’s like the difference between programming a PC and programming a webpage, being able to do one does not necessarily qualify you for the other. If you want to get into web 2.0 do yourself a favor and find out what you need to learn/get certified in then go do it.

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2 thoughts on “Where can I get UI Experience?”

  1. web 2.0…

    check out Ruby on rails,and others for examples of frameworks for 2.0 development….

    google:
    Comparison_of_web_application_frameworks

    these require javascript and are a next step on from web design per se.

    You have the base, you just need to keep up with the directions afoot is all. Web2.0 does involve programming, so i hope you have that hat 🙂

    good luck

  2. If you’ve been doing web design for 10 years you’ve either done some studying, or you’re designing very outdated sites.

    Web 2.0 is just more studying. Learn it – *then* apply for jobs in it.

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