Hello uxmastery! My name is Trey and I just started getting into UX design. Right now I’m pretty much learning UX by self study. The past few days I can’t help but get excited because I finally realized that design & design thinking is amazingly beautiful. In realizing this, all of these questions about what a UX designer can achieve keep running through my head.
Can UX designers take on reforming the school system to make better curriculums? Maybe even find ways to better educate people in third world countries or help bring some type of infrastructure to impoverished areas. The roles that can be taken in health care, this an article I recently read How Bad UX Killed Jenny. Where were designers when NYC built their subways? Why aren’t they accessible for everybody? All of those to me barely scratch the surface on what can be explored.
I guess a better question to ask might be: How can UX designers use design thinking to help shape the world and how can design thinking be facilitated into these organizations looking to make a change?
In High Resolution’s interview with Jared Spool, Jared Spool briefly speaks on how the focus of your product or service should be how is it going to make a change in the world. When he said that it really brought those questions I asked earlier back to the forefront of my mind.
Am I confusing the realm of a UX designer with something else?
Would another phase of UX design be taking on more global roles outside of the digital space, if not, why? If so, are we currently doing this?
Is that a role UX designers can fit in or is that role better suited for other areas of design?
What are your thoughts?