Prototyping doesn’t need to be limited to screens and pages. Making physical prototypes with electronics isn’t as complicated as it perhaps sounds. Kathryn McElroy joins us to talk about being a multi-modal designer, bridging the gap between physical and digital, you can think beyond the screen and consider the experience from a broader perspective.
Cyd Harrell has done all kinds of user research. At the beginning of this episode Cyd tells us of the time she live streamed a user interview from a vehicle while the participant was using a mobile device whilst driving. There are times where a user researcher really does need to be fearless.
By and large our focus in recent times has been on websites and apps, but increasingly we are going to be asked to design things in physical contexts; terminals, IoT devices, lifts. We talk to Kevin Cannon about ergonomics and UX design – The meeting point of traditional UX and industrial design.
In May we will be returning to UX Podcast roots yet again. We have undoubtedly performed the most number of event interviews at User Experience Lisbon and will be back to conduct several on-site interviews with speakers this year, during the week of May 22-25.
To get you in the mood and prepare you for the intense networking and learning experience that is UXLx, we have put together a playlist with 8 shows that should keep you busy during the weeks running up to the conference. Enjoy!
“Product strategy is a product of product vision” says Richard Banfield. In this show Richard shares his thoughts on product strategy, the sharing of language and culture within a team, the importance of psychological safe space, product team challenges, distributed teams, and the value of making mistakes.
“Unfold your brain – Skyrocket your creative ability” was the title of Denise Jacobs’s highly interactive workshop at UXLx this spring. We talked to Denise about how to banish our inner critic and the mental blocks that get in the way of creative thinking. We also talked about how you can improve focus and get your brain into a state where you access creative ideas best.
We live in a bit of a western-world UX-bubble. Stephanie Rieger joined us in the first half of this episode to give us a glimpse into how things are in Asia. Amongst other things we talk about social media as an eCommerce platform and the dominance of marketplaces.
Sophia Voychehovski joined us in the second half of the show to talk about the concept of Object Oriented UX. We chatted about its relationship to object oriented programming and what benefits it can give us when designing.
(Listening time: 36 minutes)
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- Object oriented UX (A List Apart article)
- OOUX a foundation for interaction design (Second A List Apart Article)
- Slides from Sophia’s UXLx workshop
- Mike Atherton on UX Podcast
- Content Everywhere by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
- The emerging global web (Stephanie’s slides from her UXLx presentation)
- Ji Hye Park (lightning talk at UXLx 2011)
- Photo of Stephanie by Martin Kraft (All rights reserved)
- Photo of Sophia by Great Wide Open (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
At UXLx James and Per both attended Val Head’s workshop to learn more about animation in online interfaces. The workshop gave us some excellent examples and Val had us experiment with prototyping animation. In this interview we learn a bit more about animation best practices and how animation for example can help with spatial orientation, feedback mechanisms and communicating your brand.
Alan Cooper was the closing keynote on the speaker day at UXLx 2016. Alan, the creator of visual basic and co-founder of design agency Cooper, hasn’t made so many public appearances in recent years. Instead he’s been concentrating on running Monkey Ranch – his farmstead in the hills of Petaluma, California.
In part two of our two-part interview, Alan discusses capitalism, entrepreneurship and our (perhaps unconscious) movement of community resources into the hands of corporations. Alan says that it’s clear that we (as designers) have more power than we realise. We can change the world for the better. Read More