It is the Glögg season here in Sweden now and afternoon 'Glögg Parties' are quite common. Recently, I was at such a party where the the inevitable work question came up: 'What do you work with ?'
Ahh um. Since I am placed in the IT Department I usually say IT. Organisational charts are easy to understand.
'I work with computers and websites' which is sort of true, but not completely.
The fact is working with the web is difficult to classify easily and working with User Experience (UX) is even more difficult to describe. It is difficult to distil working with the web down to one single term. It seems we need that 'one thousand word image' that sums things up.
I feel there is a real need to for UX trading cards. (in development)
These cards would easily describe what a person that works with the Web into a series of easily consumable cards. Great for cocktail parties or meetings with the relatives !
These would be a cross between Stephan P. Andersons Mental Notes that describe insights into human behaviour and suggests ways to apply this to the design of Web sites to these IA One Sheeters assembled by Leah Buley from Adaptive Path:
One Sheeters donated by Tom Dell'Aringa
- Card Sorting 112KB PDF
- Content Inventory 104KB PDF
- Content Map 108KB PDF
- Design Standards Guide 112KB PDF
- Mental Model 112KB PDF
- Personas 120KB PDF
- Task Analysis Grid 112KB PDF
- Use Cases 116KB PDF
- User Flows 104KB PDF
- Vision Scope 124KB PDF
So until these UX cards are developed these single sheets will have to do.