I don't know about this, but if you're talking about who uses the term ”user experience” the most then my vote goes to people writing Medium posts.
I can vote on that too. Now before I read the posts, I check out who wrote it and recommended it too. In that way, I can judge the quality and validity of the content.
Note: I read articles by recommended by you. :)
In my experience, it goes (from most to least) product managers > designers > developers. That happens to correlate with the amount of client interaction that's going on. Coincidence?
Yeah it's true. In software firms, designers are called UX guys. They expect designers to be funky kids with cool shirts that make posters. They're so wrong, today, they have lumberjack shirts, tats and beards.
:) I'm thinking of going semi-casual and clean shave. I've noticed that developers talk seriously to designers who walk around like that.
I'm kind of sick of all the arguments about appropriate use of the term "UX".
It has such broad application that it probably IS appropriate to use by a range of people beyond designers.
It's just a word. It doesn't define much in particular, and it doesn't define us as designers.
I try to avoid using this phrase when making arguments because it's just a loaded term that we're told is actually an amalgam of about a hundred disparate disciplines.
I've demoted my role to user interface designer, and after I read a Medium post soon about how that's actually dishonest, I'll probably be demoted to Vector Square Guy by end of year.
I do describe my job as "arranging squares".
I'd say it's being wronly used the most by people who don't know what it represents e.g. developers, product managers etc. because it may sound like you know what you are talking about and better than just user interface.
I could be totally wrong, but I suspect it has something to do with designers understanding that UX is part of their responsibilities, and others having a limited definition of design.
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
In a similar vein, all the UX vs. UI articles, infographics, job titles, & domain names are a result of attempting to concretize roles so non-designers know what those tasks are and who should do them, except it's never that simple.
Lastly, slightly off-tangent but still related: I don't believe that people in the design/arts-related industries are the only ones who should be called “creatives”. I think it's the same with UX. Managers, designers, developers—they all require creativity in solving their own problems, and they all should care about UX in their own ways.
I agree on that UX is not a designer only term. But in my conversations with developers and PMs, they always use UX in their sentence and I wonder why.
Maybe they feel like what you mentioned that UX is a design-term and they want to be part of it. It's like if I use 'user-experience' somewhere, I can stand with the designer.
A UX designer's job is not only to give solutions but also to make sure the whole team understands UX and do more design-thinking / collaborations with the team. :)