We are constantly simplifying the world around us and the people within it. This is a perfectly understandable reaction to the messy things we have to work with. But with every step back we are building a wall between the user and what it is to be human. We talk to Alastair about human centred design. How to use your senses and perception and take in the world around you.
IA, IxD, SEO – all of these and more come under the canopy of UX. “I don’t think any of us can truly call ourselves UX designers, although that’s a very convenient title” said Eric Reiss towards the beginning of our conversation. The environment we work in and the way in which we communicate what we do creates a constant struggle. We need to survive being UX-ers. Read More
Journey number 6. Take bus number 53 into town. As part of his Walking Through Information workshop, Alastair Somerville got everyone to go outside. Multiple times. One of the exercises involved exploring an number of tasks – Visit the restaurant, the hotel spa, take a boat trip, take bus 53 to town.
The journey to and from the hotel and the bus stop is a sensory gift that keeps on giving. We nerd out a little with Alastair about the experience.
2 years since Tom’s book Articulating Design Decisions was released we catch up with him again and ask what he’s learnt – is there anything he would now do differently? What have readers of the book found challenging?
Donna Lichaw returns to UX Podcast for another chat, this time we focus on how stories could be used when working with Enterprise UX. Donna is the author of The User’s Journey. In the book Donna explains the idea of storymapping. How, when, and why to use narrative structure in your design work.
During our chat we talk about how the hero of your product might not always be the user, how multiple stories intersect and how marketing, sales and design all have a part in creating a story with the end user.
(Listening time: 26 minutes, transcript)
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- Full transcript of Episode 165 on Medium
- Donna’s website
- The user’s journey – Donna’s book
- Episode 140 Storymapping with Donna
- Timecode by Mike Figgis
- Video of Donna’s talk at FBTB 2017
- Slides from Donna’s talk at FBTB 2017
- Picture of Donna’s tattoo
Jina Anne joins us to talk design systems. Jina has for a number of years worked as the lead designer with the Lightning Design System at Salesforce and has been working with style guides since 2004. We dive right in and ask what a design system. How do you make sure people stick to the design system? How flexible or rigid should it be?