do you call yourself a web, digital or user interface designer
I'm new and I hope that this forum has a friendly community!
I was after opinions on what I should call myself. I design websites using photoshop but I don't use code. It's all well and good to call myself a Web Designer but tell a client that and they expect the whole shebang. So I have been told to call myself a Digital Designer but I feel like clients won't understand what that is. The other option I guess is to call myself a User Interface Designer however I feel that is also difficult to explain to clients and perhaps UI Designers perform different tasks to me.
What do you call yourselves and how do you explain it to clients so they understand straight away?
call yourself a designer. labels are stupid and they mean something different to every person. it's futile to find an all encompassing label for your capabilities.
now, having said that, UI is a fairly understood concept because it crosses multiple industries - iphone/smartphone/tablet app, touchscreen, video game, elevator, automobile console... they're all varying forms of user-interfaces. imo there are 2 types of people when it comes to UI: those who know what it really is and those who use it as a buzzword because they don't know the correct term.
i deal with this by comparing myself to a musician. i'm a designer the same way a musician is a musician - he's not just a guitar player, or a piano player, or a drummer, or a vocalist, etc. you could make a beautiful song using only one of those instruments, or you could make a beautiful song using some or all of those instruments. now, replace musician with design and those instruments with things like typography, UI, composition, photography, etc; development falls into there as well.
i would recommend against labelling yourself as a UI designer/specialist, because it's like saying you only know 1 tool. if you're ever in a situation where someone has a different expectation of what you do, pull out the musician comparison.
ultimatelty it's irrelevant if you, yourself can do the task. as long as you know someone who can do it with/for you, they'll deal with you.
Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I do wish sometimes I could say that I'm a web designer and then not have a million people ask me to build their sites for them. I guess I could say digital designer, then people will say "what's that?" then I can pull out the muso comparison
I think you are a Web Designer. A Web Developer is the one that does the actual coding. Designers design and developers develop. As far as I know that's what it means.
Unfortunately there are a lot of misunderstandings from people that don't know the industry too well. There are always people that knock and say - "Hey you know computers, you should know <insert anything IT related>".