Professional labels are a moving target and have been for years – especially in the usability arena.
What’s in a Name?
Just Call Me “Slash” The UxP professional is a designer / architect / librarian / documentor / psychologist / artist / technician / counselor / etcetera polymorph who wears many hats.
The UxP Label Grab Bag
HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) Specialist
GUI Web Specialist
Online Help Designer
Help Systems Analyst
Customer Experience Design
Business Design Analyst
User Centered Design
But, when it comes right down to it, I’m still the only guy on the team with “user” in my job title
Some clients call you an “information architect” and expect interface design. Some clients call you an “interface designer” and expect IA work. The depth and breadth of usability work is such that you rarely encounter a label which accurately encompasses the work you do ()
- In my online I describe each engagement in substantial detail
- Listing each of the that I delivered, as well.
- All the info is cross-referenced and cross-linked with my
Anyone who’s willing to bother to look can easily see what I actually delivered to the engagement … regardless of label.
The short answer:
If you did the work, then you’re entitled to describe yourself in those terms.
Terminology can be Co-opted
The early days of digital evolution saw territorial squabbling over the term “programming“.
- The then-dominant medium – television – knew that programming was the strategy by which you dominated limited channel space.
- The upstart medium – digital interactive – knew that programming meant something else altogether.
Okay, so maybe it’s not an argument today. But next week ….?
Meaning is Mutable
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