'User Experience' is not a user friendly term
"Interaction design is a very common term today, but many designers and developers still don’t know what exactly it means."
The article goes on to explain the subtle differences between and interaction designer and user experience architect.
Let’s just examine the absurdity of this. We need a whole article to describe to the people actually doing the job, what the intricacies of their job title means? A job role which ironically, is about making things easier for users.
Sorry but that’s nuts.
Of course it’s easy to have a go at the silly job titles we have, I too was a Head of User Experience, but it’s actually symptomatic of a deeper problem many companies have with this field of work. The problem is one of trust.
It was a post process not a pre-process. I wasn’t trusted with the vision because that’s ‘design’ and I was just a UX guy.
I am not alone in this I think there are many of you out there with this frustration. Nicolas Holzapfel (@nicolasholzapfel) wrote to me about my App Director title
"@_ChrisHarris ‘UX’ is a problem but ‘Director’? Film Directors are the kings of their films. UXers rarely have that level of power. Alas!"
'UXers rarely have that level of power'. That's exactly why I changed my role. I don't believe UXers aren't taken seriously enough. UX is often an afterthought. A thing you do to fix the problems that design has painted itself into a corner with. If we can't even articulate what our job role is to ourselves let alone our peers and clients, how an we hope to change our status?
I am not saying that it’s just as simple as calling yourself an App Director and everything will be better… no wait I am saying that. That’s exactly what I did.
It sounds bizarre but I got the idea from James Cameron, while I was watching an old interview with him. The interviewer asked how he became a director and he said the most inspiring thing I’d ever heard: “Everyone wants to be a film director so no one is going to ask you if you want to be a director. They want that role for themselves. There not going to just give it to you! If you want to be a director you just have to pick up a camera and make any film you can, then you can call yourself a director and no one can say otherwise”.
So I followed his advice. I found myself a small App to do and I said ‘I’m directing this’. It’s taken me four years and along the way I have been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented people and commercial properties, but you have to start somewhere. No one is going to give you that leadership role, so get out there and just start. Ok so you’ll sound like a megalomaniac for a while, but that’s ok because we have friends to help explain and perhaps more importantly to keep us grounded:
Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) “@_ChrisHarris “I’m an app director! I’ll be waiting in my App trailer for my App catering!” ACTION!”