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UX and the Human Spirit Three Stories of Connection Elizabeth Buie @ebuie
“ The Human Spirit” the part of us that feels a deep connection  with something  larger than ourselves — that feels a sens...
“ Larger than yourself” can mean many different things
Herewith three stories. What role might technology play?
Story 1: Of Music and Mystery
 
Live with pieces
Commute - spirit soared
Mystery/wonder part of my UX
Story 2: Of Absorption and Disconnection
Seductive Hypnotic Isolating Seductive - Hypnotic - Isolating
Divided attention
Phone calls  with my mother Mom never seemed to take offense at my divided attention.  She just thought she was interrupti...
Three days later, an auto accident. Our last phone conversation carries the shadow of my half-attention.
Story 3: Of New Projects and Serendipity  Heartfelt thanks to Kel Smith (@kelsmith) and Debra Levin Gelman (@dgelman) for ...
The project: Two websites to support sexual health  in cancer survivors <ul><li>One for women </li></ul><ul><li>One for me...
When the client told me what the project was — I had to stop for a second, and catch my breath.
Ten years ago, my husband died of prostate cancer.
Powerful meaning, profound connections
A cautionary note Strong connections can backfire.  I was so focused on my connection with the users that I lost sight of ...
UX is work of the human spirit.
Life is about connection. <ul><li>UX is too. </li></ul>
These are some of my stories. What are yours? How can we use them in our UX work?  Fill out my exploratory survey:  is.gd/...
Go raibh maith agaibh Thank you Photographs © Elizabeth Buie except on slides 2, 5, 6, and 9 Elizabeth Buie @ebuie www.lum...
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User Experience and the Human Spirit: Three Stories of Connection

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An exploration of the relationship between the user experience of technology and the part of us that feels a deep connection with something larger than ourselves, Told through three stories from my own life, two as a user of technology and one as a UX professional. (Note: I am sorry that Slideshare does not seem to support playing sound files embedded in PowerPoint presentations.)

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User Experience and the Human Spirit: Three Stories of Connection

  1. 1. UX and the Human Spirit Three Stories of Connection Elizabeth Buie @ebuie
  2. 2. “ The Human Spirit” the part of us that feels a deep connection with something larger than ourselves — that feels a sense of wonder, purpose, awe
  3. 3. “ Larger than yourself” can mean many different things
  4. 4. Herewith three stories. What role might technology play?
  5. 5. Story 1: Of Music and Mystery
  6. 7. Live with pieces
  7. 8. Commute - spirit soared
  8. 9. Mystery/wonder part of my UX
  9. 10. Story 2: Of Absorption and Disconnection
  10. 11. Seductive Hypnotic Isolating Seductive - Hypnotic - Isolating
  11. 12. Divided attention
  12. 13. Phone calls with my mother Mom never seemed to take offense at my divided attention. She just thought she was interrupting something important. She was proud of my work.
  13. 14. Three days later, an auto accident. Our last phone conversation carries the shadow of my half-attention.
  14. 15. Story 3: Of New Projects and Serendipity Heartfelt thanks to Kel Smith (@kelsmith) and Debra Levin Gelman (@dgelman) for sending me this client.
  15. 16. The project: Two websites to support sexual health in cancer survivors <ul><li>One for women </li></ul><ul><li>One for men </li></ul><ul><li>My role: usability assessment and support to redesign </li></ul>
  16. 17. When the client told me what the project was — I had to stop for a second, and catch my breath.
  17. 18. Ten years ago, my husband died of prostate cancer.
  18. 19. Powerful meaning, profound connections
  19. 20. A cautionary note Strong connections can backfire. I was so focused on my connection with the users that I lost sight of my connection with the client. I’m not on this project any more.
  20. 21. UX is work of the human spirit.
  21. 22. Life is about connection. <ul><li>UX is too. </li></ul>
  22. 23. These are some of my stories. What are yours? How can we use them in our UX work? Fill out my exploratory survey: is.gd/Crw3UI Come find me, and let’s talk.
  23. 24. Go raibh maith agaibh Thank you Photographs © Elizabeth Buie except on slides 2, 5, 6, and 9 Elizabeth Buie @ebuie www.luminanze.com [email_address]

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