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UX vs UI vs IA vs IxD : 4 Confusing Digital Design Terms Defined — Medium

Once upon a time, if you said the word “design”, the odds were overwhelmingly likely you were talking about graphic design. But nowadays…

Source: UX vs UI vs IA vs IxD : 4 Confusing Digital Design Terms Defined — Medium

With the amount of acronyms thrown around the IT and tech comm world, I thought this article was timely. I had never heard of IxD, which is what piqued my interest in the article in the first place.  The author seems to give a decent definition of what each role plays, and you might find that your job is a combination of two or more of these types of jobs. I know, as someone who has done a lot of job searching, keeping on top of these acronyms and various job titles is important to get an idea of what’s a good fit for you.

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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