Cultivating the art of listening and how it applies to user research.

Neon sign on a brick wall that reads “You are what you listen to.”
Neon sign on a brick wall that reads “You are what you listen to.”
Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

Since I first week of my User Experience (UX) Design Immersive at General Assembly in January 2020, I have contemplated the question of why I feel so alive and engaged as I practice UX design. As I have reflected on this feeling, I have discovered many overlaps between my passion for UX design and my pursuit of music.

What I have come to observe about the connection between music and UX is that the two disciplines have a clear structure and process, which once mastered, allows for incredible creativity and improvisation.

For the first 5+ years of my career, I honed my skills as a music director, rehearsal leader, and conductor. When I reflect on how my training as a music rehearsal leader connects with the skills I use as a UX designer, what stands out to me are the listening skills I developed. These listening and communication skills I refined while leading music rehearsals directly correlates to similar skills I use when conducting user research. …

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Miykaelah Sinclair

A UX Designer Iterating her Way toward a Better Life.

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