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Ux professionalism

by Director of User Experience at Clearleft on Jun 11, 2012

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We’re seeing a potential devaluation of the term UX as lots of inexperienced designers and developers make the slow (and often incomplete) move into user experience. ...

We’re seeing a potential devaluation of the term UX as lots of inexperienced designers and developers make the slow (and often incomplete) move into user experience.

Looking at how crafts transform into professions by charting the history of Architecture, Andy will explain what the discipline really is, how it evolved, and the skills you need to call yourself a user experience designer.

Andy will outline 10 key traits of a user experience professional and argue that we need to evolve in order to face the challenges ahead. He will also state that user experience doesn't just belong to one role, but is everybody's responsibility. So you don't have to switch careers and become a UX designer in order to influence a product's experience.

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  • BogieZero Peter Bogaards, Evangelist at INFORMAAT Nice overview of the growing discipline, but where's the content dimension (e.g. content strategy, design, and development) in your concept of UX design? 1 year ago
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  • andybudd Andy Budd, Director of User Experience at Clearleft @threefour True. I mostly mentioned Gladwell because he's known for popularising the concept, and because I could find a nice picture of him. But point taken :) 1 year ago
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  • BGCat BGCat While the overall presentation is very good, well researched and fairly thorough...

    There are a few caveats I would mention.

    1. The implications that the named experts are sacrosanct. (e.g. Dan Saffer's venn diagram has IA entirely inside UXD but Industrial design only 1/3 inside. This is either arbitrary or viewed from an odd or highly specific perspective. ID and IA are both partially within and outside of UXD.)

    2. The focus seems to shift quickly from UX being part of all product/service design to digital (and often only web based) design.

    3. In the 'Duality' slide, the umbrella of UX (being 'many things') is presented as a problem. It is merely a fact. To wit: a hospital encompasses many different medical treatment services. This is merely a descriptor and not a 'problem.'

    4. I personally love the phrase 'Traditional UX people' as if the UX professionals had been around as described for decades. Since UX professionals are basically anyone with expertise in two or (preferably) more of the areas under the UX umbrella (Human Factors, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, UI Design etc.) It is only recently (past decade) that the UX term has begun to be attributed to this concept of multidisciplinary expertise in two or more of these areas.

    5. I want to clarify that my examples from the presentation are randomly chosen and are by no means the only examples of each issue, nor are they the most egregious.

    6. In slide 35 for Fundamentals of UX Design, you left out 'Emotional'. You can't get more fundamental than that. This psychological component alone, is addressed, can make or break a product.
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  • m0mad Mohammed Saifuddin, UX Designer at Savant Degrees Hit the nail on the Head :) !! 1 year ago
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  • FeebleDK Kasper Hornbek, UX/IA/UI/IxD/WebDev Wizard at Findwise AB Very nice presentation;-) 1 year ago
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  • threefour Victor Lombardi Very nice! My one nit is on slide 52 -- I'd rather see the person who did the research to find the 10,000 hour guideline rather than Gladwell... http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/ericsson.dp.html 1 year ago
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  • ghost_301 Taylor Ling, UI/UX Designer, Functional Analyst at Materialise Great stuff Andy! Thanks for compiling all these information in one document for easy reference. 1 year ago
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  • AbbyCovert Abby Covert, Information Architect at Abby the IA Brilliant Andy :) 1 year ago
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