I’ve asked this on other forums already but I’m always looking for opinions so any advice, insights, or experiences are greatly appreciated thank you!
So a bit of background…I’m a recent graduate in Industrial Design with pretty much no experience in UI/UX design (took one class and have maybe one and a half projects in my portfolio). I do have about 2 years of cumulative experience in Industrial Design in a workplace setting (with some mass market product out). I was recently offered a job in UI/UX design and the job looks promising (decent work, pay, convenience, etc), but part of me is afraid of being pigeon holed this early in my career. I don’t have much experience with the field so I’m not sure yet if it’s what I want to do, but I do have an interest.
On the one hand, without any experience at all, I think this is a good chance to learn of the field and then decide if it’s something I want to pursue further. I know UI/UX is a hot and in demand area so I’m interested in learning about it further. On the other hand, I’m afraid that since UI/UX design is pretty much mostly digital that it’ll reflect poorly on me later on if I decide to transition back into ID (since I’ll be rusty on professional skills relating to things like manufacturing and prototyping and whatnot). I don’t mind the mostly digital nature of the work but I feel I won’t get a proper handle of whether I like or dislike it without doing it?
I guess my questions would be as follow (and feel free to interject opinions not related to these questions):
How easy is it to transition between these disciplines? Is ID to UI/UX easier than the reverse (knowing that i have formal training and some work experience in ID, but almost none in UI/UX).
Is there anything I should be aware about by making this transition? If I go down the UI/UX rabbit hole, will I never come out? Let’s say I decide to switch back within a year or two…will that be possible at all assuming the ID side of my portfolio will at best grow with personal or side projects as opposed to professional ones?
Any experience from people who have done (or know people who have) this change (in either direction) is welcome! I’d be interested I guess in how at an early stage in my career, maybe going this route is bad (but I don’t yet have other options and I’m afraid to pass up on an opportunity).
Thank you everyone in advance for your replies!