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Just Say Yes: Enhancing Design Skills Through Improv

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Slides for a talk I've recently given at UX Australia.

Many of us have seen improvisational comedy. We remember the laughs and the slapstick humor, but improv is about more than just being funny. At its core, the things that make improv so successful are also traits that can make UX designers successful: the ability to listen, to think in the moment, and to clearly communicate creative ideas. The principle around which improv is built is a concept known as “Yes, and,” meaning the ideas of others are affirmed and built upon. Through basic improv activities and group discussion, this presentation will show how to apply this improv technique to enhance interactions with clients and team members, facilitate creative brainstorming sessions, and foster team unity.

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Just Say Yes: Enhancing Design Skills Through Improv

  1. 1. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV HEATHER WYDEVEN @heatherwyd
  2. 2. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD I’M A THEATRE NERD.
  3. 3. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD A form of theatre 
 in which the action is 
 created in the moment. IMPROV
  4. 4. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD YES, AND…
  5. 5. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD YES = Accepting an offer as it is given to you, 
 at face value.
  6. 6. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD AND = Directly adding 
 something of value.
  7. 7. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO UX?
  8. 8. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD ADAPT.
  9. 9. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD Game: WORD BALL
  10. 10. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD LISTEN.
  11. 11. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD Game: CONDUCTED STORY
  12. 12. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD COLLABORATE.
  13. 13. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD Game: HUMAN MACHINE
  14. 14. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD SUMMARY Adapt. Listen. Collaborate.
  15. 15. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD CHALLENGE What opportunities can I say yes to? How can I add value?
  16. 16. JUST SAY YES: ENHANCING DESIGN SKILLS THROUGH IMPROV @HEATHERWYD SCENE.
  17. 17. HEATHER WYDEVEN @heatherwyd hwydeven@nerdery.com

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