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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 />http://www.datphan.com/headshot_4_crop_large.jpg<br />
  6. 6. The UPA poster ...<br />User-Centred Design process, with suggested activities for each phase<br />http://www.upassoc.org/upa_publications/ux_poster.html<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 />http://www.pbase.com/medoras/image/68699105<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 />http://www.cyphersec.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/iterationplanning.png<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), www.upassoc.org<br />UX Network, http://uxnet.org<br />Canberra IA Community, www.iacanberra.org<br />UX Bookclub, www.uxbookclub.org<br />Web Standards Group (WSG), http://webstandardsgroup.org/<br />Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG), www.chisig.org<br />Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA)http://www.webindustry.asn.au/<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, www.handbook.uts.edu.au/subjects/95566.html<br />UNSW HCI, www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~cs9511<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 Finckhttp://www.nickfinck.com/blog/entry/starting_a_career_in_user_experience_design<br />So you wanna be a user experience designer — Step 1: Resources, Whitney Hesshttp://whitneyhess.com/blog/2009/06/30/so-you-wanna-be-a-user-experience-designer-step-1-resources/<br />Nine Essential Characteristics of Good UX Designers, Fred Beecherhttp://userexperience.evantageconsulting.com/2009/07/characteristics-good-ux-designers/<br />Top Twitter feeds for UX Designers, @dpanhttp://www.openthewindow.net/?p=506<br />Articles, feeds and links, Steve Batyhttp://www.meld.com.au/blog<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 />www.linkedin.com/in/caronne<br />

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