Ergonomics / UX / Human factors / Interaction design / Usability specialists : I get confused
20 May 2010 - 7:27am
4 years ago
I'm french and I work as what we call an "ergonome". I'm a bit confused about all the terms that are used to speak about "UX/usability/interaction" related jobs in the english speaking world : I read things about "Interaction designers", "Human factor specialists", "User experience specialist", "Usability specialists", "Information architects", and I'm... lost.
In France, we have "ergonomes" who are usually in charge of defining the zoning, wireframes, storyboards and thus the way data is organized on screen. Ergonomes can also perform usability testing campaigns, notably by organizing user tests. Except in some particular cases (e.g. people who have multiple skills), they do not make the graphical design, neither the development. Ergonomes are likely to work in different areas, like automotive, IT, web design, aeronautics, nuclear plants, mass-market products...As long as there's an HMI somewhere, they may work on it.
Would someone be able to explain what is the meaning of the "Interaction designers", "Human factor specialists", "User experience
specialist", "Usability specialists", "Information architects" terms ? What do these (different ?) people do (or not) in a project, and in which domain they may work ?