Userability # 14 – Growing in UX

Brian Christiansen

April 2nd, 2010

Duration: 16m | 9 MB
Recorded: February, 2010
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
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It is a good Friday indeed, because the Userability Podcast is back from hiatus! We have several all-new episodes in the pipeline that you’ll see in the coming weeks.

This week’s episode features guest Mohammed Alaa, calling in all the way from Cairo, Egypt. Mohammed is a UI designer who wants to expand his skills to include more from experience design. He asked two questions:

  • I mostly work with business applications. I want to convince my manager and my client of how important it is to have a plan for usability testing, during the process of creating the project. How?
  • My current position is as a user interface designer. And I would love to know if there is any specific course of study to become a user experience designer? And what’s the difference between a UI designer and a UX designer?

Two questions means twice the ridiculousness as Robert and Jared stall for time with their replies. Eventually, they arrive at useful advice for Mohammed (and perhaps you) even if there was a hike involved getting there.

Have a serious UX question? Send it in and Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr. will answer it with a healthy dose of levity. Please send your deep, vexing questions to us at We’d love to feature you on the show!

3 Responses to “Userability # 14 – Growing in UX”

  1. Jon Hartmann Says:

    I was wondering if I could get more info on the IXD program at NYU? Unfortunately finding something on their site is not too easy, and I couldn’t locate anything that seemed likely. Way back in Userability #2 I asked some similar questions, but at the time I wasn’t able to make the jump, nor later when I got laid off, due to the small demand for developers in WV (surprise, surprise). Any information you have on formal degrees or programs in related areas would be useful: I’ve found it very difficult to identify colleges that offer a degree with relevant content, or even to find that program once I’m told that a college has such a thing.

  2. Brian Christiansen Says:


    Are you looking here?

  3. Jon Hartmann Says:


    Thanks for that link! That sounds like a very interesting program. I had been searching from the main NYU page, but wasn’t really turning anything up. It doesn’t seem like there is any kind of centralized listing of programs like this out there on the web; I constantly struggle to find any info.

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