… studies”, in my portfolio. Though the projects acted as clients, that is all they did; they acted. The deliverables for each project were actually lessons I had learned disguised with the facade of a client case. The point of a project is to learn, and school projects provide the tools and data for one’s own discovery. At the end of a project we are presenting what we learned, how we got from point A to point B. We are not always actually presenting a client case. We are presenting assumed solutions that we have created through a process of failing, learning, and trying again. Whether it was how to wireframe, do usability testing, or contextual inquiry, we show what we learned and how we go there.
Whenever we kick off a project with a new client, we have a slide in our deck that says “Creating a product is hard. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.” User Experience, with all of the facets that comprise it, is a challenge everyday. Be proud of that. Embrace it. Love it. Live it. We do.