Great post! It’s an illusion to think that as designers we’ll get it right the first time around. UX design is collaborative and requires the inputs of many. It’s also iterative so a few rounds of back and forth are necessary. The ideal process is more like an open conversation. And you can’t have a productive conversation with just yourself. Two heads think better than one.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your process. I like the way you translate and annotate your design actions in the same spreadsheet. You can’t go wrong with spreadsheets for organizing any type of research.
Interesting take on career. I actually did what you propose without planning for it. I majored in business and then went to study digital design. Now I’m a UX designer. Match made in heaven. Trouble is most people want a linear path from the get-go, but career paths seldom are. Only hindsight is 20/20. Good post!
Absolutely love this piece! If some are taken aback, as read in some comments, it only proves the point that this all-hustle-no-rest insanity is deeply ingrained in today’s glamourous startup culture, as depicted in movies or hit shows like Silicon Valley. Somehow they want everybody to buy the hype that if you’re not playing by that rule, then…