What does a Product Designer Do?

As I clear out my bookmarks, I keep coming across these great threads like this one on Designer News. I've reposted the top-voted comment by Ryan R., Lead Product Designer of Catalyz:

It's a bit of everything.

I help to define:

  • The experience and interface of our products
  • The brand and marketing strategy around those products

What I'm actually doing:

  • Wireframing
  • Coding/Prototyping
  • Creating style guides and patterns
  • Conceptualizing product definitions and naming conventions
  • Building requirements documentation with other engineers and designers
  • Manning support and helping fill tickets to better understand our customers from the front-lines
  • Any number of other things to help tie up loose ends on the design side
Ashraf Ali