I enjoyed working on our User Experience Design project this semester because the experience is kind of familiar but slightly different. It was similar to what I was doing during a science project or robotics project back in high school. The difference is that there was more trial and error during the time I was working on some robotics / science projects. But the main difference here is that we don’t need to do some usability testing on robotics / science projects because the main goal is to make the program / robot or experiment work. On the other hand, our User Experience Design project needed a lot of user research and testing in order for us to deliver a design that will make users want to use it or give users an easy time using it.
I could see a lot of ways to use the methods I learned in this class. First, you could use it in marketing. You need UX in order to launch a marketing promotion effectively. I could also use UX in my upcoming class next semester. It’s because that class is basically all about building your own Startup.
The part I like most about the process is wireframing. I liked wireframing because it’s kind of like robotics where you put the pieces together and build one final object. It also makes you think creatively but at the same time you must take in consideration the people who’ll use your website or application. The part I hate most about the process might be the research part. Reason is that I’m not comfortable talking with “unknown” people and so the interview might become a complete mess or I might get inaccurate information. But thankfully, I was to do it properly since my friends are part of the user base who we need to research on or receive feedback from.
The only thing I could say about our group process is that it was normal or efficient. We designated tasks to each member and so everyone should do their part ahead of time in order to give the other members enough time to do their part. This is because the people handling the main redesigning need the information from the researchers in order to create a user-centered design. Maybe in our next redesign project I would add more questions and will do more face to face interview.