New York, NY (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
Today, the “consumerization of technology” has shifted the emphasis from building a technological infrastructure to a keen focus on the user interface and engaging customers. At the center of this seismic shift in all realms of business and industry is the critical role of designers in creating the user experience.
“The success of products like the iPhone has raised expectations for technology users. People increasingly expect consumer-grade experiences from software products. This has created a huge demand for user experience (UX) designers. UX designers are the people who can make or break our experience of using a product – and can be the ones responsible for preventing us from throwing our cell phones across the room in frustration,” says Josh Seiden, a designer and co-author of "Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience."
According to experts at Harris Allied (http://www.harrisallied.com), an executive recruiting firm based in New York City, there are currently 150,000 open UX positions in the U.S. due to the implosion of demand, companies’ need to push products out faster than ever before, and the lag in design education which is not turning out designers fast enough. “Employers are facing enormous pressures to attract the right talent and build engaged cross-functional teams in order to turn out the kind of products that engage customers,” says Kathy Harris, managing director of Harris Allied.
Harris and Seiden offer the following best practices for employers to change up their organization in an effort to attract and build up their pool of game-changing UX talent:
“It’s a logical sequence of events: Create the kind of workplace that attracts the kind of talent, and cultivate teams that deliver the kinds of user experiences that keep companies competitive today,” Harris explains.
About Harris Allied
Harris Allied provides premier executive search, technology and quant analyst placement services to the financial services, professional services, consumer goods, digital media and tech industries. The firm represents clients who are at a variety of growth stages: from tech start-ups to established industry leaders. Harris Allied’s client-centric approach allows the firm to objectively assess the strengths of qualified candidates and thoughtfully match them with the right opportunities. For more information visit http://www.harrisallied.com. To view Harris Allied’s corporate video, “For Each of Us, It Starts with a Moment,” visit http://www.youtube.com/harrisallied.