Yesterday Lis Hubert and I got together at New Work City to talk about the ins and outs of being self-employed user experience designers. We realized that between the two of us we can count the number of indie UXers we know in NYC on one hand. Given how much networking we both do, it was a pretty astonishing realization.
We have decided to put out a summons for all user experience professionals in New York City who consider themselves independent practitioners and are not currently full-time salaried employees. If you fill out a W9 instead of a W4, you’re who we’re looking for.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below, and forward this link onto any colleagues or friends who also fit the bill. We look forward to hearing from you. And thank you for your time!
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Mark DiSciullo says
Great idea and survey…are you planning on sharing the results with the participants?
Whitney Hess says
Yes! Hopefully we can all get together and start collaborating. Will be in touch soon.
Marci Ikeler says
I just wanted to throw my 2 cents into the conversation, although I'm no longer a practicing UX consultant. For two years I was a freelance UX-er, but I recently made the leap to a full-time role — not in UX, but in digital strategy. My reasons for making such a big change (after nearly 10 years in UX related fields) was that I became frustrated with the direction of many of the UX projects I was getting. For example, I would be hired to help a company create a microsite — when a microsite was entirely the wrong strategy for them. Although many companies value the role of UX in creating the overall strategy for an online project, in my experience it has become more common to relegate that responsibility to a strategist, account exec, or even the client themselves. I believe that these challenges can be even greater when you are a consultant/ freelancer, rather than staff, as you are limited in your ability to affect true organizational change. I'd be curious to hear if other folks who respond to your survey have run into this, and, if so, what their solutions have been.
Best of luck!