Last month, I joined some great speakers at this year’s first IxDA Frankfurt event, organized by Hendrik Sommerfeldt and Enes Ünal. All photos in this post by Sebastian Fiedler.
Auf der diesjährigen IA Konferenz habe ich von meinen Erfahrungen mit der Entwicklung von Conversational Interfaces erzählt.
Prototypes play an important role in the design process. They help communicate ideas to stakeholders, specify interactions for developers and test early product versions with users. When you’re interacting remotely — either as a team or with clients — your prototyping tools should make collaboration easy.
What I learned from The Evolving Role of Expectations in Long-Term User Experience by Sari Kujala and Talya Miron-Shatz (published in September 2015):
- People’s expectations before using a product influence how they evaluate it after using it.
- People with high expectations tend to be overly positive about their experience — especially during the first days of use. If you ask them about their experience then, you won’t get reliable answers.
- That’s why you need to be careful asking people about their subjective experience after first use. Compare their assessment with their initial expectations and ask them again after having used the product for several days.
Between Christmas and New Year I found the time to read through two great books. Both are short, entertaining and insightful. One introduces the practice of Information Architecture, the other illustrates basic principles of visual design. I recommend them to anyone who wants to learn more about the essentials of user experience design.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure to do a session on remote work with distributed teams at UX Camp Hamburg — a perfectly organised and fun event.
UPDATE: Instead of continuing with part 2, I decided to not label articles “part 1” again and instead talk about the topic, collect more ways to do ux work remotely on Twitter and write more specific articles on the subject.
Lately, I’ve been working more and more with teams spread across different cities, countries and timezones. Though there are times when it’s difficult not having everyone in the same room (you know the drill), user experience design can work quite well remotely when you give thought to the tools and methods you are using. Starting with ideation and sketching, I will have a closer look at how the different steps of the ux design process are affected by remote work.
During the past few months, I’ve had a longer commute than usual. This is why I subscribed to a lot of new podcasts. Compared to my experiences from a couple of years ago, podcasting has really evolved. There are a lot of quality podcasts out there – both from traditional publishers and independent podcasters. The following podcasts are my favorites right now.
Today’s awful weather was perfect for rereading 101 Things I Learned In Architecture School. It’s a short book I bought a few years ago for a UX Book Club meeting. Matthew Frederick included a few thoughts particularly interesting for user experience designers: