When someone on the street or at a party asks me, “What do you do for a living?” I usually say I’m a web designer.
It’s the answer that most people understand, even though it’s not really accurate. But if I were to respond with “I’m a user experience designer” then the conversation that follows is often much less straightforward. People either think I’m trying to big-note myself, to sound more important by using a fancy title, or they are genuinely confused and can’t grasp the idea, even when I go on to explain it.
Here’s why I use the title User Experience Designer, and why you should too.