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@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology I mostly concur. The silo’ing we see in many organizations is bad.

But you didn’t say that silo’ing of related design disciplines is bad. You said there are no meaningful disciplinary distinctions:

“There is no difference between #UI, #UX, #IXD, etc. They are the same thing.”
@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology Unlike @nathanshedroff, I do not see anyone advocating for silo’ing. But I do see people advocating for being dismissive of distinctions between different classes of design problems and the disciplines devoted to addressing them with appropriate methods.
@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology My memory of the late ’90s is not UXD generalists who had been solving digital design problems well for years facing upstart territorial specialists with a lack of holistic awareness. My memory is the opposite.
@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology My memory of the late ’90s is people who came to the web from other design disciplines (chiefly ID and graphic design) who resented the IxDs and HCI folks and others who had done digital design for a long time talking about methods and various classes of problems.
@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology My memory of the late ’90s is people who migrated to the web from classical design disciplines finding that it was heady and exciting to bring their general design sensibilities to seemingly unformed new problems — and resisting folks who wanted crisp language and methods.
@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology “some people started cutting-up all of the pieces of holistic design so that they could claim the pieces they liked best for themselves and, too often, denigrate people who used different titles”

Designers with particular domain expertise did not respect people who lacked it
@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology I submit that there are no designers who advocate for silo’ing.

There are designers who advocate for respect for their discipline and its particular domain of relevance.

Designers who accuse them of silo’ing when they do not understand the particularity of the domain.
@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology The wayfinding & architecture example is a good one.

No one would say “there is no difference between wayfinding & architecture”, they would say “wayfinding & architecture are entangled problems and must be solved together”!
@nathanshedroff @daveixd @bkenna1 @impactology It is not sophistication to say “would be ‘wayfinding experts’ want to carve up architecture in to little fiefdoms”, it is a failure to understand what wayfinding entails and how demanding the discipline really is.
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