Interface Design vs. Graphic Design - The Differences

over 9 years ago from Jordan Koschei, Lead Designer at Agrilyst

  • Eric HuEric Hu, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I'm not saying it's about just the font being legible, that's such a small part of it and that's exactly what the opposite of my point again, there's a lot of other considerations with technical issues/restraints and debt to be had especially with production that designers need to consider as well as much more complex considerations in sequential design if it's a book. If you were doing signage for a museum or other public space and you have to consider the wayfinding system, legibility is the least of worries. You'd be using similar practices of expectation, navigation, iconography, etc to help people get to or perform where they want to be—and it WOULD matter. If you're doing a map, if you're doing a reference book, you will have to think functionally before visually. Remember the 2000 election fiasco of the butterfly ballots? that was print design gone wrong. Readers are still users.

    But my point being is that functionality is deeply ingrained in all of graphic design—maybe it's more obvious in interaction design but I reject the phrasing that this is unique to interaction design and I think it's important to mention this because I've observed this air of superiority that some interaction designers think to have thinking they're above "graphic" design which is ludicrous. When I was doing mostly print design and someone told me in order to transition I'd have to think functionally more than visually I'd think they'd have no idea what I do.

    And where this fits in with your discussion is that it's going to hurt your message and it certainly won't help your cause. I suggest you saying that the technical and functionality concerns are different but not that unique to this area of design.

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    • Jordan KoscheiJordan Koschei, over 9 years ago

      Really great feedback, particularly the butterfly ballot example.

      It sounds like I need to clarify the phrasing – there are definitely functional considerations in graphic design as well, so I suppose what I'm really talking about is the approach that designers have to take in approaching visual vs. functional considerations.

      Maybe I should clarify what I mean by "functional," as well, since it seems like we're all using different meanings. I'm talking about the way the design works, rather than the way it's implemented.

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      • Tim GauthierTim Gauthier, over 9 years ago

        I agree with the rebuttal to my point, but I think it is very important to discuss the way that function changes when the designs become interactive. It is more like how an Industrial Designer deals with function then a graphic designer. So i think it is helpful to discuss how that applies differently. How does that transition to this, how does this work when they back out of the processes, what does the other steps look like etc.

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