UX Designer ! Wow, the word sounds Amazing. Most of the people assume that, the only things I deal with is – Flow charts (boxes and arrows) and wireframes, few of them think that we deal with the colors. Above all UX Designers are expensive. So is UX expensive? Yes! They are expensive, but is that the entire truth? No, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, however. The User Experiences methods and practices are much more than the tip of the ice-berg, it’s the hidden part of the ice-berg that lies inside water and is much more than we can ever imagine, and is a mammoth task for UX Designers. Mostly UX really needs Analytical power, creativity, rapid design skill and many more.
UX is not everyone’s cup of tea. Lots of people think that everyone can “do UX” by reading a book or look at some case studies. Well that’s a tempting idea, a prosperous product team enjoys a balanced creative tension between the stake holders. If non-UX Designers try to “do UX”, such creative tensions no longer exists, and the product team neglects important aspects of the product.
There are many designers that make a product really eye catching and super sexy and there are some designers that make a product really usable but a product without usability is worthless and the product that doesn’t look appealing is also not a very worthy product. The ideal product that tends to be successful is a perfect blend of usability and beauty.
UX knowledge and methods come from centuries of academic study, practice, and applied research. UX requires a healthy balance and some creative tension in multi discipline team, so there shouldn’t be other stakeholders trying to “do UX.” Taking advantage of UX is only as expensive as you make it; consider applying it surgically to one or several aspects of your project. But don’t forget that the real benefit of UX knowledge comes from using it to design empathy into every aspect of your organization. In a nutshell UX Design is like insurance to a product that you design and a UX Designer is a lifeguard of your product that make UX an expensive commodity that contributes in making a product successful.
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