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“If your work isn’t what you love, then something isn’t right.”

– The Talking Heads

This week I have spent a lot of time with myself in the dark in lower Manhattan. And I did some thinking as a result of this solitude and lack of internet fodder. 

There was a debate a few weeks ago that launched a journey towards clarity that I would like to share with you, now that I am safe in electricity in Brooklyn.  

Last winter a debate was held in Dublin over all things UX. Shocking to some, I was the only female speaker at that event. While it was a blast to dominate my male peers in debate, I decided then and there — with the help and encouragement of Lis Hubert — to make an all female debate over similar subjects happen in NYC.

So we went to work and once event details were in place, and with our date fast approaching I went to work writing my debate speech. The subject I was given was hard but appropriate: 

I was asked to agree with the statement:

“There is no such thing as a User Experience Designer.”

As you can imagine, I was incredibly afraid to deliver this talk to a room full of UX designers. What you may not be able to imagine is that I believed every word.

In thinking through the issue I was asked to, I had reached clarity. But it didn’t look quite the way I expected. So I made an audio file of a run-through I did in my apartment and sent it to my dad and Dan Klyn for critique. They both responded with “Don’t change a thing.” and so I didn’t. 

I want to share with you a talk I call “I am a UX Hater.” It is 6 and a half minutes long. I hope to post a transcript at some point soon.

I am excited to share these words with you all and am eager to hear your thoughts. 

Thanks for reading and listening.