Archive for the 'Skills' topic

Leaving The Bliss of Unconscious Incompetence

How did all those horrific designs in Myspace come about? Two words: Unconscious Incompetence. Unconscious incompetence is the first of the Four Stages of Competence. In this stage, someone doesn’t realize just how much they don’t know. It’s a blissful state and, frankly a place that is wonderful. Imagine not knowing what you don’t know. […]

Moving from Critical Review to Critique

We’re really good at criticizing things. We can spot the flaws instantly. But that’s different than a critical exploration of what we’re trying to do. Where we learn what it takes to make a great design. Where we explore both the problem space and the possible design solutions. I ask teams whether they do critiques. […]

UIEtips: On UX Leadership

The field of user experience has grown incredibly over the past decade. It is really quite refreshing to see the number of companies who are starting to view user experience as an essential part of their business strategy. Design skills are in high demand. It is a great time to be a UX professional. But […]

It’s A Great Time To Be A Designer

Right now, it’s a great time to be a designer, particularly a talented one. Everyday, more companies are recognizing the value of design. They are realizing they need to have strong design to compete in the marketplace. They see their competitors, even the small ones that don’t offer as full a feature set, are eating […]

Free Access to UI15 Recordings and Materials

Get all of the recordings and slide decks from last year’s User Interface 15 Conference for free. We’re celebrating this year’s User Interface 16 Conference’s fantastic program by giving everyone access to last year’s great show. The recordings and slide decks contain these great topics: Engaging team members in the design process Developing a content […]

Brandon Schauer – Getting to Good Design, Faster

Everybody strives to arrive at the end of a project with a great design. But often times the “brilliant idea” isn’t easy to communicate and takes a long time to develop. Brandon Schauer believes that you can develop techniques to help this communication, arriving at good design in shorter amounts of time. By putting your ideas on paper and post-its, and getting everyone participating, you create a collaborative environment that allows these ideas to grow and develop.

Steve Portigal – Immersive Field Research Techniques

You can’t ask people what they want. They can’t tell you. The answer is almost always narrow in focus, concerned with the here and now rather than the future. How do you get them to give you the observations you need to design what they will want? Conducting field research to actually learn about your users can lead to innovative new ideas. Steve knows that going out into the field provides real opportunities to see what the world surrounding your product is like.

Tying Agile & UX Together

Story mapping is a way of organizing Agile user stories that communicate user experience. Agile expert Jeff Patton will show you how this technique helps you put the big picture of UX and the little pictures of Agile in one place. Users will always have an experience with your product. Story mapping will pull your UX focus into the organization’s process and ensure that experience is a great one.

Do UX teams require new skills for Content Strategy, Service Design, or Lean UX?

Content Strategy, Service Design, and Lean UX. These are what I call special collections of skills. Let me explain. We’ve identified a bunch of skills that make up user experience design. These include the core skills: Interaction Design Information Architecture Visual Design User Research Information Design Design Process Management Copywriting Editing and Curation Then there […]

UIEtips: Developing a UX Practice of Practicing

There’s a great scene in the Meryl Streep film, Julie & Julia, where Streep, playing Julia Child, is standing in her kitchen, crying as she cuts up onions. Dozens of onions, in fact, for no other reason than to practice cutting onions. Chefs who want to be at the top of their game do this. […]