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UX in australia-caronne2010


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User Experience in Australia. Presentation to first UPA Japan meeting on May 14, 2010

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  1. 1. The user experience fieldin Australia<br />CaronneCarruthers-Taylor<br />
  2. 2. UX<br />What!? What do you do?<br />
  3. 3. How humans interact with computers ...<br />their overall experience taking into account the social, cultural & physical environment.<br />User Experience design<br />
  4. 4. Educate yourself<br />Learn & actively participate!<br />Publications<br />Blogs<br />Books<br />Local communities – IA cocktail hour, barcamp, UX bookclub<br />Organisations<br />Mailing lists<br />Webinars<br />Workshops or courses<br />Conferences – UX Australia, Oz-IA, Web Directions<br />(hat tip to Whitney Hess)<br />
  5. 5. “I been looking at your poster in the hallway for weeks. <br />I’m interested in what you guys do. It’s amazing! <br />I work in IT Security down the corridor ...”<br /><br />
  6. 6. The UPA poster ...<br />User-Centred Design process, with suggested activities for each phase<br /><br />
  7. 7. Design process<br />
  8. 8. Affinity diagramming<br />
  9. 9. Iterative Co-design<br />Collaboration & Cooperation<br />Not 100% complete<br /> Present at high level initially <br /> Requirements evolve<br /> Stimulate productive discussions<br /> Enable development to begin then evolve.<br /><br />
  10. 10. Collaborative<br />Work towards a shared goal ...<br />Keep all team members‘on the same page’ ...<br />Build strong, cooperative relationships.<br /><br />
  11. 11. The process<br />In reality, there is no magic bullet for software development. <br />The real trick is to know techniques from various waterfall and agile development methods, and to select the best approach that is most appropriate for the given situation.<br />
  12. 12. Organisations<br />Usability Professionals Association (UPA),<br />UX Network,<br />Canberra IA Community,<br />UX Bookclub,<br />Web Standards Group (WSG),<br />Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG),<br />Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA)<br />And more ...<br />
  13. 13. Education<br />Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) & cognitive psychology<br />Specialise in information architecture, usability engineering, interaction design, user-centred design, visual design, content strategy & copywriting, web analysis, user research, online marketing, or web strategy<br />For example:<br />UTS Digital Information & Interaction Design,<br />UNSW HCI,<br />
  14. 14. eternity is the amount of time<br />it takes to know everything<br />Zen Comics II, IoannaSalajan<br />
  15. 15. Skills & abilities<br />Human psychology & research methods<br />Basics of graphic design<br />Interest in technology<br />Interpersonal skills<br />Verbal & visual communication skills<br />Negotiation & facilitation<br />Creativity & vision<br />Enthusiasm!<br />
  16. 16. References & credits<br />Starting a Career in User Experience Design, Nick Finck<br />So you wanna be a user experience designer — Step 1: Resources, Whitney Hess<br />Nine Essential Characteristics of Good UX Designers, Fred Beecher<br />Top Twitter feeds for UX Designers, @dpan<br />Articles, feeds and links, Steve Baty<br />
  17. 17. Last but not least ...PASSION<br />
  18. 18. Thank you<br />CaronneCarruthers-Taylor<br />User Experience aficionado, Interaction designer, Usability specialist<br />Twitter: @caronne<br /><br />