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Design Thinking Mindsets
(What are they? Can they help unlock new ways of working?) Popularised by IDEO, Design Thinking is a toolset, a process, a methodology and a way of approaching design that prioritises empathy, co-design and experimentation. It’s a distillation of the most learnable and teachable aspects of their design practice. The promise is this: Think like...
How to survive as an introverted UX designer
Ahhhh extraverts! They dole out their views without invitation or evidence. They like their take on things so much they forget to check whether it’s relevant to the room they are in. They show up ill-prepared, EVERY TIME. Winging it. Making stuff up as they go. “Talking talking talking…” I find myself thinking, “But…! You’re...
UX Bristol – slides and materials
I’m running a workshop today on Interaction Modes at UX Bristol. A link to my slides and materials is here. Enjoy! If you find this stuff interesting, or if you have a question – do please get in touch. I look forward to chatting with you.
Visualising the others
Our technology often isolates us. We become a single person, using a disembodied service. Often it’s just me and an app on my smart phone. We lose sight of the humans behind the service. We lose sight of the other customers that the service is having to deal with. So what? – you might ask....
Classifying interaction modes
Here’s eight of my favourite examples of interaction modes – and how you could classify them. Mode Description Create/Consume Focused/Peripheral Composing When writing an email or a tweet, the interface will often prove a modal view that supports the user’s need to focus on their composition Create Focused Editing When editing or changing data, the...
The value of UX
Your poor UX is costing you $4m per week in lost sales Like it or not big scary numbers are a great way to get attention (at the beginning of a presentation for example). You might not like it because big scary numbers don’t often bear much scrutiny – and are based on a bunch...
Interaction Mode types
I’ve been thinking of Interaction Modes as something that software can provide. Ways a computer might behave. Polite ways – considerate of the user’s (stated or implied) interests. If they want to read, activate a ‘reading mode’ for them (or when requested by them). I.e. Show them text-only – in a lovely font. If they...
Content variables to consider
Here’s a list to consider. You might find it useful when creating a content inventory/analysis. Or you might work with these variables to identify interaction modes that are so similar that they can be combined… Or once you’ve nailed down the modes you need for a site/app, setting values for these variables can help you...
Music box metaphor
Imagine that you’re playing a music box. Winding it’s little handle, you let its perfect little melody fill the room. You speed up the winding, the melody speeds up. You slow, it slows. You like it so much you end up playing it over and over. Now imagine that instead of one music box melody,...
UX is negotiation
If you were to say that someone was a good UX practitioner, you could mean a great many things. For example, you could be thinking of their ability to run a workshop, an interview or a testing session. You could be thinking of their prototyping, visual or interaction design skills. You might be thinking of...