UX Design is not yet a well-established discipline in most educational institutions, but it is already an industry of over a million UX professionals. Contrast this in the 1950’s when the world of UX first started with 10 people (although the term ‘UX’ was only coined in 1993 by Don Norman). From 1983 to 2017, the UX profession grew from about 1,000 people to about 1 million people.1 That’s a growth factor of 1,000! Nielsen Norman Group, world leader in research-based user experience, predicts that by 2050, there would be about 100 million UX professionals. Read more about the 100-year View of User Experience.
The term “UX” may be foreign to you, but the truth is, UX or ‘User Experience’ is a very significant part of your life. From the mobile phone that you use, to the groceries that you order online, or the service you experience at McDonald’s; the field of UX Design is interested in “creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users”.2
According to the Interaction Design Foundation, the world’s leading online design school, UX Design involves “the design of the entire process of acquiring and integrating the product, including aspects of branding, design, usability and function”.2