Over the past few decades, we have seen a steady expansion in the number of people who design or evaluate the quality of the user experience of digital products. The popularization of the personal computer in business and at home, the explosion of the Web and Internet applications, and the sudden presence of computer interfaces in everything from medical systems to voting stations to home entertainment centers has greatly accelerated the growth of the user experience (UX) movement.
The swelling ranks among professionals, academics, and students in user experience provide the potential for a large and diverse global community. However, collaboration among these various constituencies within user experience is neither as widespread nor as easy as it should be. Professional associations, their local chapters, and ad hoc local groups have done much to bring these people together, but the specter of competition among these associations and groups threatens the emergence of a true UX community. Read More
UXmatters readers often want to know how to begin or advance in their career in User Experience or their chosen specialty. In this interview with Cory Lebson, author of The UX Careers Handbook, our conversation focused on UX career development. Cory, who is shown in Figure 1, has been a UX consultant for nearly 20 years—currently as Principal and Owner of Lebsontech LLC, which focuses on user research, usability evaluation, UX strategy, UX training, and mentoring. He is a frequent contributor to my column Ask UXmatters. Read More
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