An Interaction Designer can be considered as a motion designer for user interfaces. It’s not really motion like an illustration bouncing and coming to life, but rather designing the animation movements of micro-interactions.
The interaction designer imagines the shape and the behaviour of objects, interfaces or digital environments. They need to develop an expert sensitivity for speed and timing.
Role responsibilities include
- Choose between different user interface patterns
- Use the correct user interface control, such as checkboxes or radio buttons.
- Describe how a specific user interface interaction will behave (for example, pinch to zoom).
- Create user interface animations.
- Create affordances within a user interface.
- Sketch and tell user-centred stories about the way an interaction should work.
- Create wireframes and prototypes to document interactions
This role is good for someone who
Has background knowledge in Motion Design, Design, (Graphic, Product), Marketing, Audiovisual.This is someone who has good communication, creativity and empathy skills.
To succeed in this role, one must :
- Love working on creating animated, pixel-perfect mock-ups of a product
- Have a deep knowledge of and/or passion for shapes, colors, movement, use of space and other graphic concepts
- Are great at applying consistent, meaningful and pleasing interactions and micro-interactions across a wide range of user flows and contexts