I don't really get why random companies like Spotify and American Express are listed here. What value does the site bring over typing, say, "UX Design Agency San Francisco" in Google?
I mean, this site looks great, but I feel like it's not really focused on solving any one specific problem? Also it bothers me that you can't click on the logo to go back to the main homepage ;)
@Sacha, sorry but companies listed in UXers are not "random" at all, there is a strong screening :)
The purpose is to have a "curated"and comprehensive directory of trustable UX players categorised by expertise, so that UX Designers from all over the world know which are the best players in the field and submit a resume. This can be hardly done with a simple search on Google, IMHO.
Probably it's easy for someone in SF know which are the best companies focused on UX but it's not as easy for people all over the world. In fact UXers receive more than 20 submission request per day and great feedbacks both from designers and companies.
Just to clarify more: in order to appear in the project, players must prove a clear, prevalent and deeply rooted focus on UX Design (in case of agencies/firms) or have a relevant internal department solely dedicated to UX projects (in case of companies/corporations). UX design is the backbone of the players listed in UXers.
Digital agencies with side projects on UX or companies that sporadically hire freelance designers or companies with a limited number of UX people won't be included in this list. You cannot have this kind of result only trough Google, don't you think?
Thanks anyway for the feedback an I hope you'll follow the update of the project :)
Many of these I'd even argue don't have "world class" UX. Not enough context on why they have been chosen leaves me with making judgement calls on first impression as the list of companies is too long to even pretend I'll dive into more than one or two.
Case studies would make this more than just Yellow pages of companies that tentatively have UX in seemingly any capacity.
For sure David, you're right. Case studies are in our roadmap for the future, You need to know that UXers just started 10 days ago as a personal side project and it's becoming something bigger in no time :) Thanks for the feedback!
Great initiative. I really mean it.
But, is anyone getting tired of all this sameness? All these pictures of staged whiteboard and Post-it sessions and computer screens. Or the big headline that state some variation of ”We are an UX agency and we build great products?” followed by the same arguments: We believe in user centered design, collaboration, an iterative approach etc etc. How should a client who' is looking for an agency understand the differences?
I guess the thing that annoys you is extendable Jonas. The same kind of critique could be applied well for large retail trading or law firms. Let's not split hair. I see your point though. An online portfolio could help choosing, but it wouldn't be easy to deal with NDAs restrictions.
Yes, it's not restricted to our industry. It's a bigger problem when most of the agencies claim that they build products and do communication. Anyone that's offering these services should know that you need to stand out.
UXers is a curated and carefully selected collection of User Experience Design players from all over the world, a "who is who" list of global UX Design players.
The project provides comprehensive information about agencies and companies who deal with UX design on a daily basis.
The purpose is to help UX designer to achieve their dream job in the UX field.
As a directory, it works great!
To everyone else commenting, please read Roberto's goal. If you don't like something or you don't see the point of this initiative, please try to add more to the conversation than just leaving an open question. Propose something, try to add more value to the talk.
Btw, you may want to add Seattle's location of The Walt Disney Company ;) There's a big team of Experience and Interaction Designers here.
Thanks for the feedback and the support Juan :) I will add Seattle's location asap.
The purpose is to have a "curated"and comprehensive directory of trustable UX players categorised by expertise, so that UX Designers from all over the world know which are the best players in the field and submit a resume. This can be hardly done with a simple search on Google, IMHO
So all the talent should only go into the organisations that are already doing it right? Is that what the great designers of our generations do? Help solve problems that have already been solved instead of helping those organisations that desperately need them?
Lol who am I asking, I know the answer already. Imposter-Syndrome galore, fuel the engine of shame and elitism.
Quite the opposite Thomas. Perhaps if I have to choose which is the main purpose of UXers I would say that it is to let small but good UX players being in contact with great designers. "Best" in this case means "Completely devoted to UX design" and not "already big companies" :)
Hope that this helps :)
Small? How are Adidas, Accenture, Adobe, small? Atlassian? Apple? And this is all in A.
Hi Gabriel. Thanks for your suggestions. The main point Roberto was trying to underline is that EVERY player on Uxers.in has been thoroughly examined with the only regard being their focus on UX endeavours, regardless of how "big" they are. I can guarantee you, we are receiving plenty of inclusion requests and this is all exciting for us. Among the applications, we received requests also from other "Big" players that are currently under consideration. They will be scrutinized with the same regard that we are willing to dedicate for a candidate small design studio.
Gabriel, if you spend a bit more time you'll see that probably over the 50% of the players listed in UXers are small companies :)
My initial take on this is "Sorry, what problem does this solve? Carefully curated based on what criteria?"
Your stated purpose below is "to to help UX designer to achieve their dream job in the UX field" - but I'm at a loss as to how this presentation method is meant to do that.
As someone who has 10+ years of experience in this field, all I see is a phone directory of places everyone has heard of, places that I know are good via direct or indirect interaction, places I've never heard of, places I've worked with and would never work with again, and a conspicuous absence of some other places.
This reads to me like a list of "cool places you may want to work because they do UX and whose name might look good on your resume" instead of giving me clarity into WHY these places are the so-called "best UX players." In fact, in order to get more insight, I'd have to go somewhere like Glassdoor to get a clearer, objective view into opinions about the place without any prior exposure.
How you can provide value to your intended user here is by getting rid of the boilerplate and focusing on segmentation by discipline, exhibiting work these places have done to PROVE why they're a "player," sharing exactly what awards they've won, and by articulating the actual rigor that goes into the selection up front.
Thx for your feedback Nick.
"conspicuous absence of some other places" that's why there is the suggestion form.
Glassdoor integration is already in our backlog list of future improvements.
"exhibiting work these places have done to PROVE why they're a "player," sharing exactly what awards they've won," you have to understand that this is a personal project done in the spare time and it's online since 10 days.
The fact that UXers has over than 3000 unique visitors every day, despite its "phone directory" effect, is a proof that a project like this is something that actually is meaningful for the UXD community and there is huge room to improve it with more interesting functionalities.
My apologies if I came off sounding like a jerk. I think it's important to highlight that it is indeed a personal project, and not one that carries some sort of industry gravitas. I think it's interesting, and a fun exploration, but it's best to be clear about intent when communicating this type of thing.
You've definitely got a point Nick. Even if I'm glad that UXers looks like a strong project with several people working on it, it's a personal project made in the spare time that started only 10 days ago. Now it's becoming quite popular but I should comunicate its purpose and its nature more clearly and I'll definitely do it. Thanks for the feedback!
Remarkable resource. I'm sure the listed players must be fond of being recognized. Hopefully the directory will grow. It'd be great to have a freelancers section Roberto
Thx for the feedback. Yes indeed, a section of the site for the freelancers and also for designers' personal resumes is in our roadmap for the next future. Stay tuned for the next project evolutions.
Now that pretty much every company is forming internal UX teams, I'm not sure what this site is for?
I've worked for some of the firms listed and i can tell you they definitely don't have "world class" UX practices. I think it would help if you were to reveal your criteria for selecting them, otherwise I think everybody will assume it's just a list of random companies you like.
I'm skeptical that any real examination went into placing a name on this list.
Hi Mike. We will consider whether to make public our process for selecting the players, even though personally I don't see how this would help. As a matter of fact Uxers.in is a personal project that is gaining some attention lately. We're still considering our roadmap. Your feedback is very welcome.
Hey Robert, If you'd like more information in regards to Home Depot UX I can fill in some of the blanks I see. I also can provide a background image.
Hi Matt! For sure, thanks for your help. Please, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com whenever you have a moment :)
Great collection. I added my self _^
Thanks Nenad, glad to hear that :)
Overall the intentions look good, but it is hard to understand a lot of the listings and filters. 1. I can't relate Vodafone or General Motors with UX or is there something that I did not know about. 2. The categories are confusing and effectively filters controlling them as well. I see two filters on the top "Agencies" & "Companies", then there are few filters on the left menu, not sure how multiple filters are dependent on each other. 3. What about bloggers, freelancers?
Thanks for the feedback Bhavya.
1: Vodafone or GM have both significative UX internal departments working daily with UX methodologies.
2: What do you mean with "confusing"? I'm pretty sure that each and every UX designer is pretty familiar with what "Service Design", "Interaction Design" or "Data Driven Design" are. If someone don't understand them, most likely they're not UX designers. Controlling filters IMHO are of the same kind as any other directory (such as Google Fonts) and it appears that none of the users have experienced difficulties using them so far.
3: yep, next step it will be that, not for bloggers (what's the point with them?) but for freelancers and even employed designers for sure.