A full week since the Lean UX 14 conference and I finally have the time to reflect a bit.
It only took a few sleep-ins, Easter holiday food and some red wine for my brain to contract back to its normal state after the stretching during the conference.
All of the keynotes were excellent and I found myself making notes of some new books referenced to add to my reading list.
Here are some of the books I noted, either directly from the presentations themselves or from the conversations between sessions.
If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
A year and half ago I left the consulting world and began working at a product company.
It was an exciting move, and I was very quickly thrown into the world of software development, a world very different from the one I had left.
I was given a word of advice from another UX designer already working in the company early on.
‘Just keep ahead of the developers, if you get behind with the wireframes you are dead’
The products were very technically complex and the interaction challenges […]
Last week I met with up with my friend Kajsa Hartig that works as a Digital Navigator at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm. We had been trying to link up and visit the Swedish National Museum that is going to be remodeled and had an exhibition that highlighted a large interactive touch screen based exhibition about the remodel of the museum (we thought). We picked a date and visited the museum but sadly the exhibition was no longer being showed. This is what we deduced, since no one seemed to have any recollection of the […]
When I was applying to one particular job at a UX form in Stockholm the issue of my MBA came up in the interview.
‘ How is your MBA useful in the UX area ?’ they asked.
Now, I had never given this much thought and had seriously considered removing the MBA from my CV but my pride (and all the hours I put into to it) forced me to leave it on. Usually I just didn’t mention it much.
I don’t remember what I answered exactly, but it centered around strategy and analysis…..or something. As I remember it could have been a […]
I can’t imagine designing without making [physical products],
I love making prototypes. We go right from idea to prototypes. I just love making objects.
Prototypes create this dramatic shift in the conversation – suddenly it becomes tangible and the silence goes away.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Great post The Problem With “Innovation” in which he cites the above quote from Buckminster Fuller and points out that what looks silly, superficial, inconsequential and downright distracting when they’re first proposed can “suddenly” have fundamental consequences for society as a whole. Or, as the author puts it:
New models create new […]
During the last few months I have been involved number of projects that involved a considerable amount of user research and testing. Through this process, I have interviewed over 50 persons for a number of digital and physical devices. There are already a large number of posts discussing user research planning and structure so I didnt really see the need for one more. What I did want to document, is the ‘people’ aspect of the research and summarize which techniques that worked well for me.
1. Listen – If I say listen, this is a bit obvious, but I am surprised at how […]
Over the last few years I have found myself, more the once, saying things that make me stop and think – ‘Whoa that is something my father would say’. I began to realize that much of my design and general ‘creation’ methods and philosophy comes from my father.
My father would not call himself a designer, although when asked what he did at work, he usually responded ‘making stuff’. I always found this statement a bit odd and couldn’t really relate from my childhood imagination of what fathers actually did at work (this was equal to TV dads). It wasnt until much later […]
The last few months have been a very intense time as I have recently changed jobs. In my new role, Interaction Design is a critical part of the job description (yeah) but this has put my personal UI toolbox to the test . Over a series of weeks, I tried to expose myself to as many UI design solutions as possible. During this search, I have uncovered a large collection […]
Last week, after the latest Apple ‘Lallapalooza, juggernaut, mother of all product releases’ event for the Ipad 2, I began to think seriously about brands. I found it interesting that a brand (Apple) can command such a following for a product release. How do such brands develop such passionate followers ? Note: for the record I followed the release myself so partially this was a bit of self introspection.
I started to think about the brands that are important to me and realized the the list was quite long. I started to wonder what brands other people felt strongly about. To get […]