From a realistic standpoint, currently being a front-end developer for on and off around 10 years and having sailed the shores of the internet for around 20 years now, I figure that Interaction Design is my best way of entering the UX field.
In my current job, there’s a lot of ways that rethinking the usability of various systems can have a great impact on the lives of our users and I very much enjoy solving such puzzles.
Though I won’t lie, visual design tempts me. Reading up on it, you’re still solving a puzzle, just with different tools. I’ve always dabbled with web and print design in my spare time and despite the hindrance of being red/green colour blind, I’d like to think I’d be great at it.
My question is, without becoming a unicorn, would I find myself ever doing much in the way of visual design simply through creating high-fidelity prototypes for interaction design? Whilst separate in nature, the two practices do seem to overlap on various UX charts so I’m curious if I’d find myself able to cut my teeth at visual design, even if I aimed for interaction design as a career goal.