A monologue for the disheartened UX designer

June 17, 2013

I built a bridge once.

If you ever need a reminder of why we do UX, and the cumulative impact that making things usable has on people, this is it.

In this scene from 2011’s Margin Call (concerning the day in the life of a Wall Street firm facing financial collapse) Stanley Tucci’s character reflects on his previous career and the impact it had on people’s lives.

It’s a stark reminder of how some industries create value, and some transfer it.

1 Comment


  • james says:

    Nice clip, and now I want to see Margin Call.
    As an agency-side UXD, I don’t get to crunch the numbers this way often enough
    (“we saved 5 seconds for this task x 1 million people = a cumulative 57 days / year”).
    Hopefully with optimisation becoming a hot topic, especially for RWD, we’ll get to tally up the good done more often.

    I did it just the other day for social sharing buttons: http://jcux.co.uk/cleanux/buttons.html
    Cumulative time, money, energy and even CO2 saved by optimizing or killing social buttons.

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