The User Experience Delusion
I am a user experience designer. But you wouldn’t recognize me as one. I don’t often use Photoshop, Skitch or any other graphics package. You will rarely find me designing hero banners or carousels. I don’t even find myself wireframing much these days. Even so, I do design the experiences of users.
I don’t sound much like a designer, do I? But then I think we have a narrow view of what a designer is and an even narrower view of user experience. Can I let you in on one of my pet peeves? It is job descriptions for UX and UI designers. My problem with these job descriptions is that they position user experience design and user interface design as the same thing. They are not.