How a developer became a ux designer

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My account of becoming a UX designer. Yet another perspective of the many roads into UX. Please share your experiences as well.

http://lightningux.org.uk

http://www.currybet.net/cbet_blog/2011/02/lightning-ux-boon-chew.php

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49415654@N07/5409640323/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/evalottchen/5411433922/

http://blog.tombran.co.uk/2011/02/lightningux/

http://twitter.com/#!/lightningUX

http://twitter.com/#!/search/lightningux

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  • I had all these latent aspirations. I wanted to create amazing experiences for people.\n
  • I had all these latent aspirations. I wanted to create amazing experiences for people.\n
  • I had all these latent aspirations. I wanted to create amazing experiences for people.\n
  • I ended up thinking I was actually designing web applications, but I was just building it.\nThere must be a way to do things better.\n
  • I ended up thinking I was actually designing web applications, but I was just building it.\nThere must be a way to do things better.\n
  • I tried to fill the slide with all the books I read but it got too tedious and gave up halfway\n
  • 1998 – 2000ish\nThen I went on to software books, and just focused on building web apps for a long time, until…\n
  • I had an epiphany – the world was changing around me, very fast.\nI wanted to find out what made good software good… and it wasn’t about the technology.\n
  • About Face 3 had a software approach that was different, but practical.\nI managed to convince my line manager to let me do user research and apply Alan’s method.\nMy first attempt wasn’t the best, but it got me started and I was hooked.\nI actually blame Alan Cooper for changing my life.\n
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  • Stick – memorable, intuitive, usable\nHolds – structure, scaling\nHigh – excitement, immersion\n
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  • How a developer became a ux designer

    1. 1. How a Developerbecame a UXDesignerBoon Chew@jaremfan
    2. 2. Two Parts 1. How I Got Here 2. What Has Changed
    3. 3. 1. How I Got Here One Journey, Three Stories
    4. 4. What my CV looks like-ish 2001 Built Java Applets 2002 App/Web Dev 2004 Senior Dev2009 Lead Dev + UX Designer2010 UX Designer
    5. 5. What my CV looks like-ish 2001 Built Java Applets 2002 App/Web Dev 2004 Senior Dev2009 Lead Dev + UX Designer2010 UX Designer Doesn’t explain journey
    6. 6. 2001 Built Java Applets 2002 App/Web Dev 2004 Senior Dev2009 Lead Dev + UX Designer2010 UX Designer Latent Aspirations
    7. 7. 1993 Wannabe Comic Artist 2001 Built Java Applets 2002 App/Web Dev 2004 Senior Dev2009 Lead Dev + UX Designer2010 UX Designer Latent Aspirations
    8. 8. 1993 Wannabe Comic Artist 1998 Founded a College Newsletter 2001 Built Java Applets 2002 App/Web Dev 2004 Senior Dev2009 Lead Dev + UX Designer2010 UX Designer Latent Aspirations
    9. 9. 1993 Wannabe Comic Artist 1998 Founded a College Newsletter 2001 Built Java Applets 2002 App/Web Dev 2004 Senior Dev2005 – 2008 Freelance Print Designer2009 Lead Dev + UX Designer2010 UX Designer Latent Aspirations
    10. 10. 2001 Build 2002 Build2004 Build
    11. 11. 2001 Build 2002 Build 2004 Build2009 Research, Design, then Build (didn’t really work)
    12. 12. 2001 Build 2002 Build 2004 Build2009 Research, Design, then Build (didn’t really work)2010 Define the Experience (not build it)
    13. 13. How do I do this??
    14. 14. Books that inspired me(a long time ago) Good ol’ Jakob
    15. 15. 2005… atipping point It’s not (just) about the technology
    16. 16. This book changed everything UX in a Book
    17. 17. It’s all Alan’s fault
    18. 18. Community
    19. 19. IxDAHCI-E MScUPA & London IAMentor & Seniors
    20. 20. Which HCI Course? IxDA HCI-E MSc UPA & London IA Mentor & Seniors
    21. 21. Which HCI Course? IxDAGood Friends HCI-E MSc UPA & London IA Mentor & Seniors
    22. 22. Which HCI Course? IxDAGood Friends HCI-E MScWider UX Community UPA & London IA Mentor & Seniors
    23. 23. Which HCI Course? IxDAGood Friends HCI-E MScWider UX Community UPA & London IAJob Advice Mentor & Seniors
    24. 24. So what has changed?
    25. 25. The BIG picture Challenging what I think is possible
    26. 26. Creatively using physical things Overcoming fear of “inefficiency” & “disorder”
    27. 27. Telling Stories Learning that design doesn’t exist on its own
    28. 28. “Glue Thinking” Everything Holds TogetherMantra Make things “Stick” Get people high
    29. 29. Thanks Get in touch - @jaremfan Flickr credits: triciawang, china.sixty4, topherous, ajawin, miletbaker, NathanaelB, yandle, willfuller

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