This is the most relatable medium article I have read in a long time.
Mediocre is where I’m at. Doing a decent job for my clients. That affords me a decent life where I have time for other more fun things than work. But instead of doing the fun stuff I think about work.
This is what I highlighted! I totally agree.
Upvoted for your avatar. Reminds me of Bill, the poke-maniac scientist near the S.S. Anne dock.
Refreshing. As a grizzled, late 30-something UX designer, who has also fried themselves... many times over, I can relate.
Here's the problem: the group of people that "burn" themselves out are the same people chasing latest "trends" — "trends" that aren't based on real science. I'm also going to guess and say that these people spend more time reading crappy blog posts that pander to their existential crisis as opposed to reading actual studies on HCI (the scientific domain that commands all development in the field of UX).
You are probably right! I've never read UX scientific studies. Can you post a link to one as an example?
I'm maybe wrong but... my assumption is that scientific studies are difficult to digest. And blog post written by someone with similar problem it's much more ease to relate.
I can't help but interpret your last statement as: "It's easier to read about problems then it is to read about solutions." Yes, being an active member of any scientific community requires work. You will, however, find a great sense of peace knowing that you're helping to pave the way for UX globally. If you're serious about learning HCI, you can find 100k+ studies here:
ACM SIGCHI: https://dl.acm.org/sig.cfm
IEEE Digital Library: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/home.jsp
Disclaimer: The vast majority of scientific studies will be behind paywalls.
Serious Question: What have you been using to make your UX decisions?
HI Jesse, sorry for the late response and thanks a bunch for the resources!
On the serious question: I apply critical thinking and I run experiment to make decisions.
Yup, I can relate.