From Muppets to Mastery:
Core UX Principles from Mr. Jim Henson

Russ Unger | @russu | GE Capital Americas
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
“

#UXMuppets | @russu

You wouldn’t decide to become
a puppeteer, I don’t think.
#UXMuppets | @russu

The 1950s
The 1960s

A

#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu

The 1970s
#UXMuppets | @russu

The 1980s
#UXMuppets | @russu

The 1990s & Beyond
#UXMuppets | @russu

The 1990s & Beyond
#UXMuppets | @russu

MuppetLean
MVK
#UXMuppets | @russu

Minimum

Viable

+ =

Kermit
#UXMuppets | @russu

Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate

1955

1965

1968

1978
#UXMuppets | @russu

Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate

2005
#UXMuppets | @russu

Project Ecosystems
#UXMuppets | @russu

Client?

Product Manager

Project Manager

Designer

Marketing

QA

Dev
#UXMuppets | @russu

Good Experiences Are Invisible
#UXMuppets | @russu

A Good Experience is Invisible
Give the audience enough to work with
and they’ll do the rest for you.
#UXMuppets | @russu

A Good Experience is Invisible
Give the audience enough to work with
and they’ll do the rest for you.
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu

Visual Thinking
“

#UXMuppets | @russu

I’ve always been most
intrigued by what can
be done with the visual
image. I feel that is
what is ...
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu

Sketching / Storyboarding / Prototyping
#UXMuppets | @russu

Sketching
Henson started sketching characters and comic strips as a kid.
He never stopped.
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu

Storyboarding
A storyboard is a graphic organizer that visually tells a story.
Creating a storyboard ...
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu

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Patterns
#UXMuppets | @russu

Patterns
Original Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could be
easily made from a single design.
#UXMuppets | @russu

CSS for Muppets?
.muppet-body-blue {
background: blue;
border: 0;
height: 80%;
}
.muppet-eye-blue {
b...
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu

Hacking
#UXMuppets | @russu

Bernard Tyers

Belén Barros Pena

http://www.diymobileusabilitytesting.net/
~$3,000.00
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu

Travis Isaacs
keynotekungfu.com
#UXMuppets | @russu

Hacking
Jim needed to see what the viewer would see, so he started using a
“monitor” to view scenes f...
#UXMuppets | @russu

Hacking
Jim needed to see what the viewer would see, so he started using a
“monitor” to view scenes f...
#UXMuppets | @russu

(So What?)
Jim Henson made sketching and prototyping a constant part of his thinking process.
He cont...
#UXMuppets | @russu

WWJHD?
What Would Jim Henson Do?
#UXMuppets | @russu

WWJHD?
What Would Jim Henson Do?

WWACAD?
What Would A CHANGE AGENT Do?
“

#UXMuppets | @russu

You wouldn’t decide to become
a puppeteer, I don’t think.
Thank You!

Russ Unger | @russu | GE Capital Americas
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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 principles 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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From Muppets to Mastery – Core UX Principles from Mr. Jim Henson

  1. 1. From Muppets to Mastery: Core UX Principles from Mr. Jim Henson Russ Unger | @russu | GE Capital Americas
  2. 2. #UXMuppets | @russu
  3. 3. #UXMuppets | @russu
  4. 4. “ #UXMuppets | @russu You wouldn’t decide to become a puppeteer, I don’t think.
  5. 5. #UXMuppets | @russu The 1950s
  6. 6. The 1960s A #UXMuppets | @russu
  7. 7. #UXMuppets | @russu The 1970s
  8. 8. #UXMuppets | @russu The 1980s
  9. 9. #UXMuppets | @russu The 1990s & Beyond
  10. 10. #UXMuppets | @russu The 1990s & Beyond
  11. 11. #UXMuppets | @russu MuppetLean
  12. 12. MVK #UXMuppets | @russu Minimum Viable + = Kermit
  13. 13. #UXMuppets | @russu Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate 1955 1965 1968 1978
  14. 14. #UXMuppets | @russu Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate 2005
  15. 15. #UXMuppets | @russu Project Ecosystems
  16. 16. #UXMuppets | @russu Client? Product Manager Project Manager Designer Marketing QA Dev
  17. 17. #UXMuppets | @russu Good Experiences Are Invisible
  18. 18. #UXMuppets | @russu A Good Experience is Invisible Give the audience enough to work with and they’ll do the rest for you.
  19. 19. #UXMuppets | @russu A Good Experience is Invisible Give the audience enough to work with and they’ll do the rest for you.
  20. 20. #UXMuppets | @russu
  21. 21. #UXMuppets | @russu Visual Thinking
  22. 22. “ #UXMuppets | @russu I’ve always been most intrigued by what can be done with the visual image. I feel that is what is strongest about the work I do...the visual image.
  23. 23. #UXMuppets | @russu
  24. 24. #UXMuppets | @russu
  25. 25. #UXMuppets | @russu Sketching / Storyboarding / Prototyping
  26. 26. #UXMuppets | @russu Sketching Henson started sketching characters and comic strips as a kid. He never stopped.
  27. 27. #UXMuppets | @russu
  28. 28. #UXMuppets | @russu
  29. 29. #UXMuppets | @russu
  30. 30. #UXMuppets | @russu Storyboarding A storyboard is a graphic organizer that visually tells a story. Creating a storyboard helps you plan your story shot by shot.
  31. 31. #UXMuppets | @russu
  32. 32. #UXMuppets | @russu
  33. 33. #UXMuppets | @russu Lend4Health.com Home Page (0.0.0.0) Search Loans to Fund (1.0.0.0) Loan Details (1.1.0.0)
  34. 34. #UXMuppets | @russu Patterns
  35. 35. #UXMuppets | @russu Patterns Original Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could be easily made from a single design.
  36. 36. #UXMuppets | @russu CSS for Muppets? .muppet-body-blue { background: blue; border: 0; height: 80%; } .muppet-eye-blue { background: blue; border-top: 3px solid black; height: 65%; }
  37. 37. #UXMuppets | @russu
  38. 38. #UXMuppets | @russu
  39. 39. #UXMuppets | @russu
  40. 40. #UXMuppets | @russu
  41. 41. #UXMuppets | @russu Hacking
  42. 42. #UXMuppets | @russu Bernard Tyers Belén Barros Pena http://www.diymobileusabilitytesting.net/ ~$3,000.00
  43. 43. #UXMuppets | @russu
  44. 44. #UXMuppets | @russu
  45. 45. #UXMuppets | @russu Travis Isaacs keynotekungfu.com
  46. 46. #UXMuppets | @russu Hacking Jim needed to see what the viewer would see, so he started using a “monitor” to view scenes from where he was located.
  47. 47. #UXMuppets | @russu Hacking Jim needed to see what the viewer would see, so he started using a “monitor” to view scenes from where he was located.
  48. 48. #UXMuppets | @russu (So What?) Jim Henson made sketching and prototyping a constant part of his thinking process. He continually evolved everything he worked on. He hacked things together. He made it up as he went along. As a relatively new industry, so do we.
  49. 49. #UXMuppets | @russu WWJHD? What Would Jim Henson Do?
  50. 50. #UXMuppets | @russu WWJHD? What Would Jim Henson Do? WWACAD? What Would A CHANGE AGENT Do?
  51. 51. “ #UXMuppets | @russu You wouldn’t decide to become a puppeteer, I don’t think.
  52. 52. Thank You! Russ Unger | @russu | GE Capital Americas

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