I was pouring out my long day of frustrations as the sole User Experience professional in my entire (IT) organization to a fellow Yahooligan today. He summed it up nicely by saying that I’m a missionary trying to evangelize the religious conviction of User Experience design to the savages. I thought for a moment, and yeah, that’s about it.
You know, the thing is, I choose this pain. I prefer to take the jobs where I can change the world and make the largest impact. I get a kick out of cleaning the dirty kitchen, or the scum off the tub and seeing the dramatic difference.
Today I compiled a list of Usability/User Experience references – my armory if you will. And I also stumbled on this recently published article, Pioneering a User Experience (UX) Process, by Boxes and Arrows. Though I have only scanned the article (I mean, a glass of wine is really my priority right now!), I felt like I could exhale after seeing the tidbits that made me realize that someone out there understands me. I’m not the only one who prefers to do it missionary style! Who says it’s lonely on the top? 😉