SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] conflict of interest (was: usability testing)
Re: [Sigia-l] conflict of interest (was: usability testing)
On ThursdayJan 25, at 2:23 PM, Bruce Melendy wrote:
> I'd go so far as to say that interest = bias. And who doesn't have
> at least one interest?
On SundayJan 28, at 8:42 AM, jamie foggon wrote:
> Having a bias is not something that can be measured, it just means
> that someone's viewpoint or behaviour cannot be taken as neutral
Yes. And surely this is why designers get hired in the first place?
We get hired for our biases. I readily admit to being very biased
about a huge list of things to do with web design, and it's these
personal beliefs and opinions that get me hired.
I do try to make it a habit to state my conflicts of interest up-
front with my clients. And often the conflict of interest is the
reason I want to do the project in the first place: "I want to do
this project for you because I'm going to get X and Y out of it too".
Clients can be more confident that they'll get high quality work from
you when they know how motivated you are.
But maybe we need a Zen school of meditative ego-less IA? Buddhist
monks as business consultants! Yogic usability testers!
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