If a designer doesn't include users from the beginning, I'd doubt what they are doing should be called "design". Maybe "speculative design", or "art".
In university (communications-design) there were no projects without a strong focus on early prototyping and testing.
My point is, design is always for users and their experience. So the "UX" is redundant IMHO.
In the article, I claimed that UX design is just design because design is about solving problems for users. UX Design wasn't a thing, it was called design, yes it's a buzzword but for the good because now we do care a lot more about users, we make more effort so what we make matches users needs, accomplish their goals and solve their problems.
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