(MSID Assignment) 2 Special Guest Speakers

Last week in MSID class, I had a chance to attend a presentation from Neil Harner, who is the program director of UX design at PhilaU and the director of business development & co-owner at Inverse Paradox. He showed the future of UX career, UX value, career path, guidance to build stunning UX portfolio and several facts related to UX career. I’ve learned a lot from his presentation.

The biggest point that I’ve learned is how to create a professional UX portfolio. I built my portfolio a long time ago, and I found it totally useless when it comes to UX portfolio. Why? It because I haven’t shown the process of my design work. The great portfolio must illustrate the design process from the beginning till the end, such as how I’ve done user research, user testing, interviewing, personas, use case and a lot of diagrams. The design research will support on how and why I design the app or web this way. Neil showed us the example of great UX portfolio as images below.

screen shot of UX portfolio from edmundyu.com
Process and story telling in UX portfolio (edmundyu.com)
UX portfolio from bobricca.com

Storytelling skill is also vital for creating UX portfolio. UX designer must communicate ideas of the design to people who are non-design or non-technical to understand.

Here are things I have to do to improve my portfolio to UX portfolio
- Tell story.
- Create impression start of elegant design but easy to use, typography, and images.
- Show process, research, prototype to visual design. Try to present all process steps. The mistake UX portfolio shows the final product without any process.

However, Neil explains more about differences of UI, programmer, and UX career portfolio. If I want to be UI, Visual Designer, I should present the only final product in my portfolio. If I want to be a programmer, I should have GitHub account which contains my coding experience.

Finally, Neil showed us the ways forward for UX designer. He recommends a book named “The interactive project management.” for us to read. I think it’s a long way to become a digital project manager but it worth to give it a try.

Second guest presentation by Award Winning Cooking Tools & Housewares — OXO company

Greensaver produce keeper from OXO

Cooking tools are always my sidekick when I’m hungry. I never think about the design or how it built. Just get the job(cooking) done without any injury is perfectly fine for me. At first, I have no interest in this session, but after I had seen the process of designing and making Greensaver produce keeper, it shows me a new perspective, and I was excited to learn it from OXO product design manager. She presents an incredible feature of the product before dig down to the process of making it. I can summarize in bullet points as follow:

- Identify Opportunity. Where the design team searches for sale opportunity and problem to solve. Also, they conduct an initial research, competitor analysis, and user testing.
- Concept Development
- Design Development. Where a prototype is created. 
After that, the team will set up the meeting on should they go or no go for this product? Is it worth when it comes to the production process? And more to consider.
- Pre tooling. Where 3D graphic model of the product is created.
- Post tooling and pilot production
- Production. Where the product is pack, inspect and ship to stores.

I’ve learned a lot from OXO’s presentation. Also, some product design process can be adapted to use in UX design too such as user research and testing, idea creation and problem solving. It was a great opportunity to learn something new even it’s not related to UX design at all.

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