Orange is the New Pink
I want to paint the walls in my apartment, they’ve gotten pretty gross. I have some time before I binge watch Orange is the New Black, so I’ll knock this out now.
So the last tenants left this one room an ugly pink –and I hate pink. So I want to change the color immediately! Wait… Is my roommate cool with it? Is it cool with my building and the landlord? What color do I want to make it? Is this wall drywall? Is is it cheaper to buy it online or in the store? I want to physically see the colors in person. Do hardware stores even give samples of shades? Where’s that old paintbrush I had? Is it better to do it with rollers? When is my roommate going to be available? Does he even want to help? How long does it take for paint to dry??
According to usability.gov, task analysis is the process of learning about ordinary users by observing them in action to understand in detail how they perform their tasks and achieve their intended goals. Tasks analysis helps identify the tasks that your website and applications must support and can also help you refine or re-define your site’s navigation or search by determining the appropriate content scope.
To get rid of the ugly pink wall, let’s perform a task analysis.
Eight Simple Rules for UX
- Problem: I hate pink and want to change the color of the walls
2. Talk to Existing Stakeholders: The stakeholders are (a) your Landlord, and (b) your Roommate. Let your roommate know you think the ugly pink is detrimental to your well-being (and sanity) and see if he agrees that it’s time to for a new look. Once you get the okay from your roommate, be sure to run it by your landlord to confirm you’re not losing out on your deposit.
3. Research: After you get the green light from the stakeholders, it’s time to dive into discussion with your roommate. Use the popular idea aggregator Pinterest to research colors, shades, and types of paint. Or better yet, binge watch HGTV for ideas. Find out what kind of wall do you have? If so, does flat or glossy paint go better with that type of surface? Figure out what you like you can get samples.
4. Budget & Means: Wanting a good can of Behr acrylic or Sherwin Williams premium latex paint is understandable. Find out your budget and whether you want to make the purchase online or go into a hardware store to physically see and touch the best one for the job within your budget.
5. Procurement of Supplies: You’re not going to paint the wall with your fingers, well, you could but its highly frowned upon. What supplied do you need — rollers or brushes? Do you need a ladder or floor cloths? Figure out what supplies you need and address all the pertinent questions.
6. Prepare: Get all your supplies together. Move furniture, tape windows, corners, edges and baseboards. Make sure you have enough air to flow through — you don’t want to die.
7. Paint: Remember, good long strokes.
8. Enjoy: Because your sanity has now returned and I no longer have to look at ugly pink walls.
Paint v. UX
Every task can be broken down into smaller tasks. Gaining insight into how tasks are broken down are invaluable and imperative to solving roadblocks and obstacles throughout the process. By empathizing with of the person performing the tasks, designers can empathize with the end-user, which results in creating a more human-centered, effective design.
Even when painting a wall, you need to break down steps into the simplest form. The same can be said for the product design process. By establishing the problem, and a hypothesis to solve the problem. After ideation, we test and test again. Only after testing, we continue with prototyping and development
With Task Analysis, we ensure that time, energy, and focus is being used intelligently and efficiently.
Now I can watch Orange is the New Black.