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Beauty of Ordinary Design - Web Directions 2015


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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 your own work, even if you don't work in one of these areas directly.

A similar version of the talk was given at Industry Conference earlier in the year:

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Beauty of Ordinary Design - Web Directions 2015

  1. 1. The Beauty of Ordinary Design Brynn Evans Oct 30, 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. Photo by 70% of life is ordinary
  6. 6. Some problems are bigger Photo by
  7. 7. Senior Citizens Photo by
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  9. 9. Veterans Photo by
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  18. 18. Communications Photo by
  19. 19. What’s the common thread?
  20. 20. 1. Long-standing issues that haven’t (been) changed in years 2. Socially, politically, or culturally complex 3. Experiences span a period time 4. Service design
  21. 21. What can you do?
  22. 22. Revisit old problems throw out assumptions fix real pain points do a lot of research
  23. 23. Expect users to change track your users over time adapt to changes
  24. 24. Integrate online & offline take a holistic view of experiences consider the real context of a problem Photo by
  25. 25. Own the entire experience fill in the gaps in a flow don’t let organizational barriers get in your way
  26. 26. Find your passion best ideas come from deep passion babylistcom
  27. 27. The Beauty of Ordinary Design
  28. 28. The Beauty of Ordinary Life
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  30. 30. Thank you! @brynn