Interview with Alain Robillard-Bastien

Alain Robillard-Bastien

1. Tell us about you?

I have been an independent UX consultant since 2011. After years in research centers, agencies and large companies, I thought that being independent would mean a somewhat more relaxed life... I was totally wrong: I have never been so busy! A situation I actually do enjoy a lot, as UX these days is more global, more inclusive and is slowly getting out of its own box. It’s a great time to be an UXer, as we are reshaping our profession.

2. What would you like to learn at UX Hong Kong 2014 and why is it important you?

Networking on a global scale has always been a key motivation for me. It’s not about getting new international contracts, it’s all about getting a sense of others perspectives on common professional matters. These open my mind and give me a more nuanced view on almost everything I do and think. I believe it can only makes me a better person, not only professionally but personally as well.

3. What/who are you looking forward to see in Hong Kong?

You. And new faces, new perspectives and an Asian point of view on…. life? I can’t wait to meet other UXers from this bustling part of the world and share thoughts on our work, on what it means to be a UXer today, and how can we apply our skills to make the world a better place! (Ok, maybe a bit ambitious, but if we don’t try, we’re sure not to succeed!)

4. What topics are on the horizon for UX that interest you?

The larger view on UX is certainly an important thing. I believe that UX – and especially usability - has not been out of its own realm enough. So embracing a larger view of the world is critical – and I believe we’re getting there. On a more pragmatic note, I see funky design techniques popping up everywhere, inspired by artists, sociologists, industrial designers, etc. UXers now have the chance to join more holistic teams working with non-conventional design processes. How will we bring our knowledge to these teams? How will we integrate our users?