Panel Report #2

Katie Derthick

Derthick is a PhD student in the HCDE program with a focus on mindfulness. Derthick stood out because of her works focus on how technology and society mutually shape each other. Specifically, Derthick talked about how our assumptions and views turn into designs as well as the idea of how our society designs in a way where products are objectifying and collecting experiences in our life, such as a device that counts calories or tracks steps. Finally, when discussing what challenges she faced, Derthick stated that one of the biggest challenges is time, as it take a lot of time to analyze research. Derthick also encouraged us to have an open mind, commenting that the hardest thing was letting your mind be changed, because transitioning to something new can be painful.

Jake Fleisher

Fleisher is a UX reseseracher at UX Blink whose talk focused on the process behind product development. Fleisher emphasized the importance of sketching and brainstorming in the product development process and related these ideas to a product that they were walking on: a hands free kitchen faucet. Something that stood out to me from Fleisher’s speech, was his reminders to create things with your hands, to remain in awe, and to build on the ideas of others. Fleisher also emphasized that in the design process you make every decision for a reason because no decisions are made by accident.

Room for improvement

After hearing the experiences and insight from Fleisher and Derthick about the ideation and user research process, there are a few things that I learned that I can apply to my future work. First, I liked Fleisher’s point that you should make every decision for a reason, and I would modify my work to make sure every decision in the design has a clear function and purpose. Second, I would have more fun with it and not hold back on ideas even if they are wild or not feasible, because that is a point that both Fleisher and Derthick talked about.

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