Interaction design part of the story (Do UX designers suffer from perfectionism?)

26 Jan 2006 - 5:05pm
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Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

> I am just wondering if any of you have ever been accused of suffering
> from perfectionism when you're designing and working on projects.
> Somebody just told me that many usability folks suffer from
> perfectionism and it's their biggest downfall.

I bet that Somebody comes from the business side. Perhaps trickled via
techs but still originating in business. This is where I have heard it
from and here is why.

As an interaction designer you have to consider and reconcile vast
variety of inputs: sociology, behavior, cognition, linguistics,
technology, art - you cannot help but to make your decisions ponderous
simply because you happen to be aware of all these influences, which
is hardly an asset if you are an entrepreneur constantly fighting for
that perception footprint in the market, where often even below "good
enough" is perfect.

Of course this comment was especially relevant for yesterday's
technology market, not for rapidly expanding technology as commodity
reality. That's why today we have significant increase in demand for
Interaction Designers and even though there always will be some
tension between business and design (as well as technology) sides,
design begins to hold stronger suite in these negotiations.
--
Oleh Kovalchuke

PS In my experience usability means many different things in different
companies, from strictly specialized usability testing, to anything
user related including design and even some marketing.

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9 Feb 2006 - 4:44pm
Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

> > Somebody just told me that many usability folks suffer from
> > perfectionism and it's their biggest downfall.

Today's quote from Google personal page (http://www.google.com/ig)
seems to be appropriate here:

"My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough
about what's really going on to be scared."

P. J. Plauger, Computer Language

9 Feb 2006 - 8:38pm
Juan Lanus
2005

On 2/9/06, Oleh Kovalchuke <tangospring at gmail.com> wrote:
> "My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough
> about what's really going on to be scared."
> P. J. Plauger, Computer Language

It's really good! I'll switch to this one.
My prior favorite was "An expert is someone who does not ignore only one thing."
--
Juan Lanus
TECNOSOL
Argentina

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