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The Beauty of Ordinary Design


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Inspired by the book The Beauty of Ordinary Things, this talk is about appreciating ordinary moments in life— ordinary yet nevertheless real. These problems may be unpopular or tricky to solve from a social, political, and design perspective, but the right solution(s) would have a huge impact for the populations affected. I talk about several of these problem areas and related perspectives that designers can take to have more impact in their own work, even if they don't work in one of these areas directly.

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The Beauty of Ordinary Design

  1. 1. The Beauty of Ordinary Design Brynn Evans Apr 22, 2015 Illustration by Ben Marsh, UsTwo
  2. 2. Brynn Evans UX Designer, Android @brynn
  3. 3. The Beauty of Ordinary Things Harriet Scott Chessman
  4. 4. How does this apply to design?
  5. 5. 70% of life is ordinary Henry Wessell, Incidents. Exhibit showing at the Tate Modern, London, 2015
  6. 6. Life is messy Henry Wessell, Incidents. Exhibit showing at the Tate Modern, London, 2015
  7. 7. Elderly Photo by
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  10. 10. Veterans Photo by
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  12. 12. Cities Photo by
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  14. 14. Condoms Photo from
  15. 15. Lives-of-Millions
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  17. 17. Buying a house Photo by
  18. 18. What’s the common thread?
  19. 19. 1. New approach to old problems 2. Deal with change over time, emotion, embarrassment 3. Integrate experiences online / offline 4. Many are services, with lots of touchpoints
  20. 20. What can you do?
  21. 21. Benny Revisited life anew Surprised by how different he was post-war Found a new way to integrate work & life Found his passion
  22. 22. Revisit old problems how can this be made better? throw out assumptions fix real pain points
  23. 23. Expect users to change track your users over time adapt to changes Photo by
  24. 24. Integrate online & offline take a holistic view of experiences consider the real context of a problem Photo by
  25. 25. Find your passion best ideas come from deep passion
  26. 26. The Beauty of Ordinary Design
  27. 27. The Beauty of Ordinary Life
  28. 28. Photo by me This might not be the life you expected, but it’s the life you were given...
  29. 29. Photo by me
  30. 30. Thank you! @brynn