Industrial Designers in UX Practice: Motivations, Professionalization, and the Construction of Designer Identity

Sedef Süner-Pla-Cerdà*, Gülşen Töre-Yargın, Asli Gunay

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Abstract

Our article discusses the insights from original research conducted with design practitioners to better understand the experiences of industrial design graduates as they are adopting new professional roles in user experience (UX) affiliated positions. We utilize narrative identity work as the theoretical frame to interpret the legitimation strategies of industrial designers while grounding their motivations, perceived competence, and fitness to a UX position. Such narratives support our arguments on the conscious efforts of designers toward the construction of a professional designer identity, which is stimulated by this role change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-40
Number of pages14
JournalDesign issues
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • industrial design
  • user experience design
  • design professionalization
  • designer identity
  • design competence
  • 2023 OA procedure

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