It is the last day of work this year. One could say that things are finally winding down a bit. There are four of us left in the office this afternoon. One swearing over a difficult stage in Angry Birds while the others appear to be wrapping things up. The rest of our co-workers are either on holiday or are have left early to prepare for their new years eve parties. I figured this would be a great moment to reflect over the year that passed.
And pass it did. At a pace I previously have not encountered. For me 2010 was a year of highs and very few if any lows. We did not win every pitch (nor should we have except for one annoying case) and when we lost we did so for the right reasons. All in all I had a well balanced workload and enjoyed working on several projects where touchscreens created new challenges both from a interaction design standpoint and in our user studies. I had the opportunity to read loads of great books (slight low-point there as I discovered I need glasses). Spring was spent in Japan under the blooming Sakura followed by a trip to Sienna with my co-workers. In August I attended UX week in San Francisco where I picked up a lot of ideas and new energy.
This was also the year I found solid ground for my role as a User Experience Designer, I can see that what I do makes a difference for the end results and this makes it all worth while at the end of the day. If there is one thing I should promise myself to change it would be to stop more often and ask myself if I am doing the right thing. The right thing for me personally to develop my skills and the right thing for our clients, making sure there is tangible value in the deliverable or result of the task at hand.
See you in 2011!