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Is UX design dead?

October 21, 2016

I recently went to Design Exchange Nottingham where one of their speakers, Chris Compston (@ndxcc), spoke about how he thought User Experience design was dead (or at least dying). It was an intriging talk which delve into how different design companies go about implimenting UX with various levels of success but with the overall emphasis on the idea that with companies focusing more and more on implimenting UX, the less and less UX as a profession is needed.

That probably doesn't sound very logical but just think about it. UX has been a rapidly emerging field and with that companies have rushed to hire experts in this field to get an edge on the competition. But now there is a push from companies to have UX be an integral part of any designer, developer, scriptwriter, creative’s job and with that the role of a UX designer will likely become less necessary.

This to me makes sense. In my every day experience as a digital designer I will think about UX in all stages of a project, be it the wireframing or the final application testing. Will the user enjoy using what I am making? Will they get lost? Will they take in the key messages? But I would not consider myself a UX designer but merely a designer with knowledge of UX. It seems that as UX becomes more prominent in every day designers thinking the less companies need dedicated UX designers. Don’t get me wrong there will still be plenty of companies looking to hire experts in UX. Designers who spend time assessing target audience personas and usability testing, but I think these jobs might be fewer and far between compared to how it has been in the last few years.

Saying UX is dead is merely a way of grabbing your attention and sparking a debate as every designer knows how important it is in their creative process. But with it's rise in prominence and popularity it has brought a wider understanding from the creative community which in turn as diminished the need for dedicated UX experts.

So was Chris right in his prediction that UX design is dying? No. But was he right that UX design as a profession is dying? ...

...Maybe, I think there might be some truth to that.

Let me know what you think?

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