Human Factors and Interaction Design : ME 2

24 Mar 2006 - 8:59am
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John Vaughan - ...
2004

The UXP Professional Profile = ME 2

> Glad to see another Human Factors professional on the list.
> How many others of you on here have Human Factors / Ergonomics
> backgrounds?
...> Me too.....
...> Me, me!

My "intuitive" feel (sorry, I'm in recursion mode) is that - almost by
definition - we tend to be professional polymorph "slash" types.

Labeling & branding remains a huge open issue for our shared interest area:
How many of the jobs out there that are aimed at us are still titled simply
"Information Architect"? (From my experience - Most of 'em) And
"information architecture" can mean substantially different things to
different employers. By the same token, I see a range of other job titles
(Usability Engineer, GUI Designer, Interface Designer, etc.etc.etc.) applied
to the same range of job reqs.

When describing "what I do" to people who are not members of our priesthood,
I often just run thru the litany of buzzwords and wait to see if their eyes
light up... I can honestly say that I've dabbled in All of the Above, and
will in the same breath honestly admit that I'm a "jack of all trades ...
but master of only a couple." Then again - That's why they hire us, isn't
it? ME 2 is what I do.

Also: A big part of what we do is Integrate and Liaise across the cultures
(Technical, Business, Marketing) in our working environment. Leveraging ME
2.

- John

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24 Mar 2006 - 1:08pm
Ari
2006

On 3/24/06, John Vaughan <vaughan1 at optonline.net> wrote:
>
>
>
> Labeling & branding remains a huge open issue for our shared interest
> area:
> How many of the jobs out there that are aimed at us are still titled
> simply
> "Information Architect"? (From my experience - Most of 'em) And
> "information architecture" can mean substantially different things to
> different employers. By the same token, I see a range of other job titles
> (Usability Engineer, GUI Designer, Interface Designer, etc.etc.etc.)
> applied
> to the same range of job reqs.

Agreed.

I have a Project Management and Product Management background and do similar
work now but it involves a lot UI and functional spec development in
addition to planning and scheduling.

I wouldn't call myself a designer by any means, however, unless you're
talking about pixel art...an obscure area where I excel.

When describing "what I do" to people who are not members of our priesthood,
> I often just run thru the litany of buzzwords and wait to see if their
> eyes
> light up... I can honestly say that I've dabbled in All of the Above, and
> will in the same breath honestly admit that I'm a "jack of all trades ...
> but master of only a couple." Then again - That's why they hire us, isn't
> it? ME 2 is what I do.

Yes and no. Buzzword bingo is still a game that is played. I like to think I
was hired for what I know, have done and what I can do - not for what it
says under an entry on my resume.

Also: A big part of what we do is Integrate and Liaise across the cultures
> (Technical, Business, Marketing) in our working environment. Leveraging
> ME
> 2.

That's for sure.

- John
>
>
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