Earlier this week at the local Utah IxDA meeting and over the last
while at various places I've heard the topic of how to deal with
developers come up. I was thinking about it and realized I had a lot
to say about it. Sorry for the length :)
I currently work at a very small company, less then 20. But compared
to the other stories I've heard lately from Interaction Designers
like myself in Utah, our company gets surprisingly consistent results
from our developers in regards to design.
I saw that US News recently ran an article on the "Best Careers of 2008"
and a new addition this year is "Usability/User Experience Specialist",
which arguably we are. This seems like a great sign that we are nearing
the tipping point, along with all of the good and bad things that come
along with it.
Personally, I was excited to see it and rushed in to see what they were
Yes, I've seen that too. Unfortunately, with the current state of the
market how can someone hire rock stars when there are more jobs than
candidates to fill the shoes. That, and rockstars normally have egos
that decimate the team they join (I've witnessed this) because no one
wants to work with an arrogant person in a team environment.
>From my experience, a company who doesn't contribute to professional development is not one worth working for.