Archive for March, 2010

March 2010 UK UPA Talk

Monday, March 15th, 2010

William is giving this months UK UPA talk in London on 18 March, based on his reduced empathizing skills paper presented at the CHI 2009 and British HCI 2009 last year. The UPA talk is entitled The psychology of nerdiness and its implications for user-centered design and is a light-hearted look at some of the important issues raised by the paper. Slides and a video will be available from the UK UPA site after the event.

The original paper, Reduced Empathizing Skills Increases Challenges for User-Centered Design,  is available here.

Meet the UX Salmon

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I was at the UX Competency Framework Workshop in London a couple of weeks ago. We needed to describe the roles and talents that make up this thing we currently call a user experience designer. One of the main points of discussion (at least it was my main point of discussion) was that we needed to change the focus of UX from usability evaluation – which is usually performed at the end of a project – to the early conceptual and design stages (however short these may be in an Agile project). I guess the word waterfall was floating around in my head (or swimming, take your pick of bad pun) and suddenly it dawned on me. UX designers need to behave like salmon, swimming upstream against incredbile odds, to take their place at the head of the product design river. (Where we realized after a little discussion that we would then need to spawn and die – but ignore that part<g>.)

Anyway, I thought it might be an encouraging analogy for some and decided to flesh this idea out some more (what a terrible day for puns) in the form of some artwork. So here it is, the UX Salmon: