UXPaul McAleer

to a new way forward.

UXPaul McAleer

It’s time for UX, as a practice and as a community, to let go to the things that are holding us back. It’s time for us to rethink what we want to be and who we want to be. It’s time for us to grow and mature. It’s time for us to welcome people who aren’t cis white males into the community and support them and promote them. It’s time for us to center our work on people of color, queer people, women, disabled people, neurologically diverse people.

It’s time to accept and promote that our work is not neutral, never has been, and never will be. It’s time for us to create accessible designs without excuses about time or money or effort. It’s time for us to be respectful of how people work and help them find new ways without impacting their day to day lives. It’s time for us to actively question and challenge the people we call leaders in our space. It’s time for new people to lead.

It’s time to assume that unchecked technology might not move us forward, not by itself. It’s time to thoroughly examine how the things we create may be used for nefarious, malicious, or outright evil purposes. It’s time to have diverse teams instead of continually talking about it.

It’s time to call out people for being sexist or racist. It’s time to throw out assumptions around designers and developers and product managers and everyone. It’s time to respect everyone’s identities and lift people up. It’s time to reject systemic bias, racism, sizism, homophobia, transphobia, and sexism.

It’s time to stop worrying about the tools we use and start worrying about the systems we create. It’s time. It’s time.