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 professional goes by many names

The UxP Label Grab Bag

GUI Designer
Information Architect
Usability Engineer
Interaction Designer
Graphic Artist
Visual Designer
Usability Analyst
Interaction Architect
Content Integrator
Data Modeler
HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) Specialist
Documentation Writer
GUI Web Specialist
Online Help Designer
Help Systems Analyst
Content Manager
Usability Specialist
UI Engineer
Front-end Designer
Customer Experience Design
Business Design Analyst
Conceptual Designer
Requirements Analyst
User Centered Design
Interface Architect

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 (There are far too many hyphens)

My solution: 

  • In my online Portfolio I describe each engagement in substantial detail
  • Listing each of the Usability Tasks that I delivered, as well.
  • All the info is cross-referenced and cross-linked with my Resume

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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