For many aspiring coders, proverbially wet behind the ears, this greeting is the first pebble in a ripple. For me the hand that dropped the pebble is a far more interesting of a beginning. You could say my path began with;
Just say ahhh
Upon the sterile comfort of a fully reclined dentists chair, needle impaled, I gazed a now fuzzy picture of a continuous waterfall by M.C. Escher. Ironically hooked, it was this visual puzzle that whirred cogs of the mind – tapping out like a telegram Dymo-Labeller …
I want to be a designer of sort
I wasn’t going to be a carbon-copy of Escher but knew that it inspired me to become a creative. Of course, not the traditional expectation from a family of Psychiatry and Business Administration. Which followed for the years to come a long campaign on the merits of living off being a designer.
Today and for a significant time of employment the placates are persistently there to be convinced about UX; thankfully not the parents.
Alike the parent campaign; changing perception is long-term play of chess. Except the board and the pieces are evolving all the time. There are shifts that are subtle and uprooted as technology jolts forward.
Exciting time to be in UX, quite frankly it’s relative to the leap and bounds of technology
I write you from the bar lobby of the London Plaza Victoria Hotel having completed two conferences at ‘Mobile & Tablet Gambling Summit’ and ‘Apple TV second-gen TV apps future’ hosted by Webcredible; back to back. You can time log this event during the mobile, apps and TV apps revolution. Personalisation, behavioural mapping and timely relevancies as some of the hot topics of the moment.
As if I’m writing to myself in the future, did we successfully achieve personalised relevancy while eliminating repetitiveness?
With devices getting smaller (or at least thinner and short of the viewport format at Smart Ring size) the demand of immediacy and relevancy is at an all time high; culture evolution has never been so dragged at such ferocity since we borrowed from car automations.
How can established legacy mentality make way for innovation delivered at day cycles?
Not sure how much of that was the ‘Old Fashioned’ talking but I find myself still questioning.
How can we make action on the shared wisdom curated at such conferences when in actual practice ground-zero is more subterranean than we’d like to admit
That’s just it, experience is just that; yours, personal and something humans collectively theorise to mimicking. Yet what we find relevant and compelling seldom is shared by your neighbour based on the preferences you have formed in your life.
The variety of the human state is why we need to understand patterns so that when we interact we can communicate effectively.
Designing by audience captures the imagination like a long lost companion you cannot do without
If apps were people, representing uniqueness, expertise, a perspective; they’d be your entourage and hopefully a pretty darn good A-team at that. Then it would not be surprising that you’d expect them to get along with each other, perhaps a couple alliances become tag teams.
If my secondary and tertiary interactions shared similar attributes to my primary then my user experience is richer for familiarity and intuitiveness
What’s enjoyable about UX practice is in many ways comparative to discover-abilities.
Before you can solve a problem, you first need to understand what it is and where it was born from
Akin to that of a detective, or a profiler or a combatant. One must discover truths, find its nature and find measure in their objective.
Know your user as if the need would compel you to know your enemy had the situation call for a life or death scenario
Sometimes resolving an immediate issue requires direct and swift decision. Under pressure you are most likely to simplify your thought process in order to achieve an instantaneous progression. You can use this mental model in streamlining complex interactivity to those ranked more relevant in order to support immediacy.
A taste of theories to come, a life-long learning journey to share
Experience engineering is in delighting the senses from a constrained non-human medium we design to be like ourselves. As UX practitioners we have a duty to designing a better future and that for me is how to empathically humanise integration with technology.