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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