What is the real world difference in UX Designer and UX Architect? Does anyone have any experience with both and which did you prefer/why?

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The UX field needs to get their titles straight.

Back in the day there was an “Information architect.” It was eventually absorbed by “UX Designer.”

The problem is that word “Design.” The dictionary meaning of the word is creation with deliberate intent. But most people see it narrowly as *visual* creation.

This makes people mix up “UX Designer” with “UI Designer.” Then we see a “UX Designer” making mockups and buttons which is really what a UI Designer does.

They even devalued UX Designer even more with the slashed “UX/UI Designer” title.

The “UX Architect” title was invented to stop any confusion with a “UI Designer.”

There’s a similar mixup in the advertising field, where people mix up art direction with visual design. This led to some Art Directors going by “Conceptual Art Director” or “Creative Art Director” because there were too many visual-only, non-conceptual designers appropriating the Art Director title.

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A UX architect is generally a very experienced ux designer that has an ability to think more holistically about an experience outside of a single product or flow.

Architects typically work on large enterprise scale experiences where a long term vision is required.

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Also all to do with product. As soon as you talk about being in the remit outside of product, you're now talking about an overall service delivered, which is more service design.

Then there's a higher end which doesn't focus on a service but an entire experience across multiple services which is experience design.

Google diagrams and YouTube videos to explain UX design, UX architecture, service design and experience design to get a clearer picture.

UX Architect is more niche

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