Getting Started In The User Experience Field (UX Australia conference)

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You might want to know more about the User Experience field. You might be interested in finding out what resources, skills and abilities are relevant. You might just want to see a passionate UX …

You might want to know more about the User Experience field. You might be interested in finding out what resources, skills and abilities are relevant. You might just want to see a passionate UX professional give a 10 minute overview on how to get started!

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  • 1. Getting started in the user experience field
    CaronneCarruthers-Taylor
  • 2. UX
    What!? What do you do?
  • 3. How humans interact with computers ...
    their overall experience taking into account the social, cultural & physical environment.
    User Experience design
  • 4. Educate yourself
    Learn & actively participate!
    Publications
    Blogs
    Books
    Local communities
    Organisations
    Mailing lists
    Webinars
    Workshops or courses
    Conferences
    (Whitney Hess)
  • 5. “I been looking at your poster in the hallway for weeks. I’m interested in what you guys do. It’s amazing! I work in IT Security down the corridor ...”
    http://www.datphan.com/headshot_4_crop_large.jpg
  • 6. The UPA poster ...
    User-Centred Design process, with suggested activities for each phase
    http://www.upassoc.org/upa_publications/ux_poster.html
  • 7. Organisations
    Usability Professionals Association (UPA), www.upassoc.org
    UX Network, http://uxnet.org
    Canberra IA Community, www.iacanberra.org
    UX Bookclub, www.uxbookclub.org
    Web Standards Group (WSG), http://webstandardsgroup.org/
    Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG), www.chisig.org
    Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA)http://www.webindustry.asn.au/
    And more ...
  • 8. Education
    Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) & cognitive psychology
    Specialise in information architecture, usability engineering, interaction design, user-centred design, visual design, content strategy & copywriting, web analysis, user research, online marketing, or web strategy
    For example:
    UTS Digital Information & Interaction Design, www.handbook.uts.edu.au/subjects/95566.html
    UNSW HCI, www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~cs9511
  • 9. eternity is the amount of time
    it takes to know everything
    Zen Comics II, IoannaSalajan
  • 10. Skills & abilities
    Human psychology & research methods
    Basics of graphic design
    Interest in technology
    Interpersonal skills
    Verbal & visual communication skills
    Negotiation & facilitation
    Creativity & vision
    Enthusiasm!
  • 11. References & credits
    Starting a Career in User Experience Design, Nick Finckhttp://www.nickfinck.com/blog/entry/starting_a_career_in_user_experience_design
    So you wanna be a user experience designer — Step 1: Resources, Whitney Hesshttp://whitneyhess.com/blog/2009/06/30/so-you-wanna-be-a-user-experience-designer-step-1-resources/
    Nine Essential Characteristics of Good UX Designers, Fred Beecherhttp://userexperience.evantageconsulting.com/2009/07/characteristics-good-ux-designers/
    Top Twitter feeds for UX Designers, @dpanhttp://www.openthewindow.net/?p=506
    Articles, feeds and links, Steve Batyhttp://www.meld.com.au/blog
  • 12. Last but not least ...PASSION
  • 13. Thank you
    CaronneCarruthers-Taylor
    User Experience aficionado, Interaction designer, Usability specialist
    Twitter: @caronne
    www.linkedin.com/in/caronne