I guess today's my day to open my trap on IxDA, which I haven't done in ages (*waving hello to everyone*)
So, question of the day: what can you guys tell me about the state of our field in France?
Back story: In my years in this community and on this list, I've met designers from many other countries, but never from France. And now I've got a new job building a design organization in a largely French software company. From my as-yet-limited observations, it seems as though there are experts in "ergonomie" - which appears to be synonomous with usability - and then there are are front-end developers. The actual design of the product seems to be either a collaboration between the two, or something done by the developers based on guidelines produced by the /ergonomie/ folks.
What I'm wondering: Is this observation generally applicable to the practice of UX in France, or does it vary between companies or sub-sectors (software vs web, mobile vs desktop)?
Any insight you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Director, User Experience
Purple Labs S.A.
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