Some thoughts on the values I intend to embody as a UX designer, based on two separate, but connected, writing exercises:
Stop and think…
Strategy is everything. Step away from a screen and go analog. Take a moment before answering questions. Take a moment before asking questions. Are you asking the right questions?
Then think systematically.
During the design phase, employ Atomic Design. Reflect upon design definitions—beyond visual components—at the earliest possible moment. Strive for consistency in tone and workflow and process.
“Design” is an Action.
Don’t forget to grow. Remember your methods were made by people. As a designer, you are free to design your own frameworks. Design changes. Design change.
Production ≠ Productivity.
Think about how your process impacts long-term strategy, whether it’s your organization’s strategy or your own. Strive to grind without burnout.
You can ideate while you research. You can research while you design. You can uproot your entire UX education and step into the user’s shoes when you choose. But test as quickly as you can. Arrive at a prototype before you commit.
Advocate for Human Happiness.
Remember that users are people. We don’t design for machines. We don’t design for money. We design for people who are overwhelmed, not only by obstacles of our world, but also by the outputs of our processes.
Credit your collaborators. Thank your errors. Acknowledge your clients. Ponder the sizes of teams against the scales of products. Be grateful for the chance to create. Not everyone can share in such an opportunity.