tl;dr: UX is a young discipline in flux, which many have pronounced dead, thanks to incompetent leadership diminishing its importance, common misconceptions about its role, and the ever–changing scope of responsibilities.
In this article, I attempt to dissect the role of UX in the world dominated by AI and rockstar CEOs, debunk some common misconceptions about the responsibilities of UX designers, and demonstrate that although UX is not disappearing, it may be facing challenging times ahead.
“You don’t necessarily have to be a good designer in order to craft a slick–looking website”, reads a 2015 VentureBeat’s article, covering The Grid, an AI–powered website builder that took off and was quickly sunset afterwards, never to be seen again.
“You don’t need to be a designer to [create graphic assets for a website like a pro]”, writes Podia’s guide and proceeds to list out the tools that help put together mockups of all sorts. “You don’t need to be a designer to look professional”, promises CareerArc’s visual editor.