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A talk I gave for World IA Day in Bristol in 2013 describing how the way I have worked has changed dramatically over the years and how I've moved from abstraction to the concreteness of prototypes.

A talk I gave for World IA Day in Bristol in 2013 describing how the way I have worked has changed dramatically over the years and how I've moved from abstraction to the concreteness of prototypes.

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  • Yes. This is has been my experience.

    I have found that working on a recent 'could be dull' payments project involving multiple suppliers has been made MUCH easier using a combination of low and high fidelity prototypes. In the first instance, a prototype allows the UXD/IA to soak up requirements and explore technical constraints. The second stage allow for the development of a refined UI design that takes both constraints and requirements into account.
    Where a document review renders most stakeholders listless and bored, a prototype walkthrough will usually provoke a steady stream of comments and queries - all of which can be captured and used when designing the next iteration.
    With regard to what means are used to develop the prototype - yes HTML could be seen as the best option, but Axure can be a great tool in the right hands.
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  • Really good and totally agree. For IAs, given that we deal with the interplay of information, the need to prototype goes deeper even than interface-level interaction design. We should also be roughing up database tables that express the relationships between our concepts, and surfacing that through the UI.
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  • Great deck Leisa, I particularly like the slide 'strategy lives in delivery' so true
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    Prototyping Information Architecture Prototyping Information Architecture Presentation Transcript

    • P ROTOT Y P I N G I A World IA Day, Feb 2013 Leisa Reichelt @leisa
    • In the olden days...
    • ABSTRACTION (I)hurts people’s brains
    • ABSTRACTION (II) is hard to care about
    • ABSTRACTION (III)requires your best ideas when you know the least
    • problem solving is squiggly
    • HOW I WORK NOW- get a multidisciplinary team quickly, let them contribute. - sketch to HTML, stay out of photoshop - real content, prototype/testing content - multiple prototypes (test lots of ideas, don’t commit) - quickly test both qualitative and ‘active’ use - let stakeholders ‘touch’ your ideas - iterate, the more quickly to learn more. - only document what you really need to.
    • WHO I DO THIS WITH: - start ups - large, tech conservative organisations- large, security conservative governments (so, basically, anyone)
    • HOW I GET TO DO THIS? just ask.‘this is the way I like to work. it works well. can we try it?’
    • PROTOTYPING BEATS ABSTRACTION
    • BE MAKING NOTDOCUMENTING what does it feel like?
    • DON’T WORK ALONE a small team is best -you (UX/IA)- 1 or 2 FE Developers (UX Developers?) - Content Prototyper - BA / Project Mgr - Visual/Graphic Designer - 1 or two Back End Dev
    • PROTOTYPING CHANGE making it new things less scary
    • SHOW DON’T TELLa design principle AND a way of working
    • EXPERIMENT IMMEDIATELYembrace experimentation design with data
    • HTMLPROTOTYPING say no to Axure.
    • CONTENTPROTOTYPING content is crucial.experiment with content
    • STRUCTURING CONTENT winning with a CMS
    • WHAT’S MY DELIVERABLE? how to document a prototype
    • CONCEPTUAL MODELSa little bit of abstraction is sexy
    • PROTOTYPESare PERSUASIVEexcite your stakeholders
    • MOMENTUMcreate the impression of progress
    • STRATEGY LIVES IN DELIVERY not in meetings
    • THIS MEANS YOU. find a way to be squiggly.
    • HAVE FUN :)warning: prototyping may be addictive
    • THANK YOU. @leisa
    • IMAGE CREDITS http://www.etsy.com/listing/7961139/rock-paper-scissors-note-cardshttp://www.brianvellmure.com/2012/07/18/leveraging-social-business-gamification-for-organizational-/ flow/#.URVQZ6X5OkI http://royalcss.com/sitemap-generator http://amolife.com/image/images/stories/Animals/cute_funny_animals_50.jpg otherwise, images are my own.