From Muppets to Mastery - SXSW 2013

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Jim Henson started working as a puppeteer in 1954, a fair 40-50 years before many of us even considered User Experience as a career. He did, however, take it upon himself to apply many of the core …

Jim Henson started working as a puppeteer in 1954, a fair 40-50 years before many of us even considered User Experience as a career. He did, however, take it upon himself to apply many of the core principals that UX Designers are falling love with today (or are at least using as part of our everyday lives). Hang out for a quick dive into the life of Jim Henson, with a view into his work from the perspective of how it pertains to what it is we’re doing today, that promises to even leave Waldorf and Statler happy.

And yes, there will be muppets.

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  • 1. From Muppets to Mastery: Core UX Principles from Mr. Jim HensonSXSW 2013 Russ Unger | @russu
  • 2. #UXMuppets | @russu“You wouldn’t decide to becomea puppeteer, I don’t think.
  • 3. #UXMuppets | @russuA Brief History - The 1950s
  • 4. #UXMuppets | @russuA Brief History - The 1960s
  • 5. #UXMuppets | @russuA Brief History - The 1970s
  • 6. #UXMuppets | @russuA Brief History - The 1980s
  • 7. #UXMuppets | @russuA Brief History - The 1990s & Beyond
  • 8. #UXMuppets | @russuMuppetLean
  • 9. MVK #UXMuppets | @russuMinimum Viable Kermit + =
  • 10. #UXMuppets | @russuIterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate1955 1965 1968 1978
  • 11. #UXMuppets | @russuIterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate 2005
  • 12. #UXMuppets | @russuProject Ecosystems
  • 13. #UXMuppets | @russu Client Product Manager Project ManagerDesigner Marketing QA Dev
  • 14. #UXMuppets | @russuGood Experiences Are Invisible
  • 15. #UXMuppets | @russuA Good Experience is Invisible
  • 16. #UXMuppets | @russuA Good Experience is InvisibleGive the audience enough to work withand they’ll do the rest for you.
  • 17. #UXMuppets | @russuA Good Experience is InvisibleGive the audience enough to work withand they’ll do the rest for you.
  • 18. #UXMuppets | @russuA Good Experience is InvisibleGive the audience enough to work withand they’ll do the rest for you.
  • 19. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 20. #UXMuppets | @russuVisual Thinking
  • 21. #UXMuppets | @russu“I’ve always been mostintrigued by what canbe done with the visualimage. I feel that iswhat is strongest aboutthe work I do...thevisual image.
  • 22. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 23. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 24. #UXMuppets | @russuSketching / Storyboarding / Prototyping
  • 25. #UXMuppets | @russuSketchingHenson started sketching characters and comic strips as a kid.He never stopped.
  • 26. #UXMuppets | @russuSketchingHenson started sketching characters and comic strips as a kid.He never stopped.
  • 27. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 28. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 29. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 30. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 31. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 32. #UXMuppets | @russuStoryboardingA storyboard is a graphic organizer that visually tells a story.Creating a storyboard helps you plan your story shot by shot.
  • 33. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 34. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 35. #UXMuppets | @russuPatterns
  • 36. #UXMuppets | @russuPatternsOriginal Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could beeasily made from a single design.
  • 37. #UXMuppets | @russuPatternsOriginal Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could beeasily made from a single design.
  • 38. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 39. #UXMuppets | @russuPatternsOriginal Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could beeasily made from a single design.
  • 40. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 41. #UXMuppets | @russuHacking
  • 42. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 43. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 44. #UXMuppets | @russuHackingJim needed to see what the viewer would see, so he started using a“monitor” to view scenes from where he was located.
  • 45. #UXMuppets | @russu Bernard Tyers Belén Barros Penahttp://www.diymobileusabilitytesting.net/ ~$3,000.00
  • 46. #UXMuppets | @russu
  • 47. #UXMuppets | @russu WWJHD?What Would Jim Henson Do?
  • 48. #UXMuppets | @russu (So What?)Jim Henson made sketching and prototyping a constant part of his thinking process. He read books, but not rule books. He hacked things together. He made it up as he went along. As a relatively new industry, so do we.
  • 49. Thank You!SXSW 2013 Russ Unger | @russu