Discover the 5 Popular Categories of Designers 😊

There are many popular designers who create the appearance, feel, and usability of the products and services we encounter. They help design visually appealing websites or innovative bicycles, all with the goal of helping your business succeed.

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Given the wide range of alternatives available, selecting the ideal designer for your company is essential. This article lists and describes the 5 categories of popular designers that are most common. Finding the ideal designer to satisfy your company’s needs and make you happy at work is possible if you are aware of these roles. The most popular categories of designers that you can employ to meet your company’s needs are listed below.

1. Graphic Designer

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Graphic Designer creates visual concepts for various mediums like websites, logos, and magazines using computer software or hand-drawing. Tools include CorelDRAW, Affinity Designer, and Adobe’s Creative Suite.

2. Art & Illustration Designer

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Illustrators use traditional or digital tools to visually represent text in books, posters, and more. Tools include Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Inkscape, Figma and other drawing software.

3. Animation Designer

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Animation Designer use computer technology to create 2D and 3D effects for games, videos, and commercials. Tools include Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, and Illustrator.

4. UI/UX Designer

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User Interface (UI) design focuses on the visual, interactive elements of a product to create aesthetically-pleasing interfaces. In simple way, UI responsible for the visual experience of websites and apps, often working with UX designers. Tools include wireframes, Affinity Designer, Sketch, and Adobe products.

While User Experience (UX) focuses on creating a seamless and meaningful user experience by understanding user needs, conducting research, and designing intuitive interfaces. In other words, UX shapes the overall user experience of digital or physical products, collaborating with UI designers. Tools include Sketch, Figma, and Adobe XD.

With more and more activities moving online, UX/UI design has become more “in” than ever. Now, with the “internet of things,” nearly everything needs some sort of attention to the user experience.

5. Interior Designer

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By assessing the necessary amount of space and choosing both necessary and ornamental elements, such as colors, lighting, and materials, interior designers (ID) make indoor spaces aesthetically pleasing, useful, and safe. They need to be skilled in drawing, evaluating, and editing blueprints. ID creates visually appealing and functional spaces using colors, lighting, and furniture. Tools include color guides, Adobe Capture, SketchUp, and measuring tapes.

Bonus: Motion Graphics Designer

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Motion graphics designers specialize in creating dynamic and engaging moving content for television, the internet, and film. They combine animation, audio, and visual effects to captivate audiences and convey messages effectively. To pursue a career in motion graphics design, a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field is typically required. Additionally, having a portfolio showcasing your work is important for demonstrating your skills and creativity.

Software programs from Adobe such as Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects, are commonly used by motion graphic designers. They also utilize advanced 3D modeling software like Cinema4D to bring their visions to life. Successful motion graphics designers possess a solid understanding of design principles, including layout, typography, and color theory.

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The ability to convey a compelling story and think creatively is essential for producing powerful motion. Technological proficiency is necessary, but skills in traditional art can improve ideation and creative processes. The capacity to conceptualize ideas and sketch them out on paper enhances the creative process.

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In addition to technical and artistic skills, effective communication is essential for motion graphics designers. In addition to communicating with clients, coworkers, and employers, they also need to be able to explain their designs in a way that the general public will understand.


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Alright, here we have it! There are 5 designer categories that are currently trending and highly sought after, and there’s even a bonus category for you to explore. So, which designer category suits you best? Are you already a designer yourself? Do you know which type of designer you are? Take this quiz to find out! and not to forget, Happy New Year!

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