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Specialise or cross-skill

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Should we specialise or cross skill. That is the question.

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Specialise or cross-skill

  1. 1. Specialise Cross OR skill?
  2. 2. UX UI Designer Front end Back end Pick only one
  3. 3. hats anyone who has been around for long enough has probably worn lots of
  4. 4. A brief history of professional skills using crappy venn diagrams
  5. 5. Geeks Pre-1994
  6. 6. Web masters Around 1995 Designers HTML
  7. 7. Developers Around 1998 Designers HTML Usability/UX
  8. 8. Back end Somewhen Web design Front endUX
  9. 9. Research User Experience Designer Interaction design Back end Visual design Front end Web Designer UI Developer Application Developer Information Design http://asinthecity.com/2011/11/10/the-difference-between-a-ux-designer-and-ui-developer/
  10. 10. But the UX diagram is too simple! We need more complexity!
  11. 11. Copyright: Envis Precisely 2009
  12. 12. Copyright: Envis Precisely 2009
  13. 13. woah
  14. 14. And what about the UI/front end developer role?
  15. 15. Around 1995 HTML
  16. 16. Around 2002 HTMLCSS
  17. 17. 2004-2008 HTMLCSS Dealing with IE
  18. 18. Around 2008 HTMLCSS JS
  19. 19. Around 2009 HTMLCSS JS Frameworks
  20. 20. Around 2010 HTMLCSS JS Frameworks SASS
  21. 21. Other shit Around 2011 HTML CSS JS Frameworks SASS GRUNT GIT RWD Coffee LESS OOCSS Storage
  22. 22. ahhhhhhh
  23. 23. Anything missing?
  24. 24. accessibility what about
  25. 25. Research User Experience Designer Interaction design Back end Visual design Front end Web Designer UI Developer Application Developer Information Design http://asinthecity.com/2011/11/10/the-difference-between-a-ux-designer-and-ui-developer/ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
  26. 26. vision? Do you have audiences with special needs? motor? cognitive? hearing? Research
  27. 27. IA considerations How will these special needs impact on the UX/UI Specific user testing Specific focus groups? Interface considerations Interaction design Information Design
  28. 28. font-size Design considerations Colour contrast colour alone used to convey meaning Visual design
  29. 29. Front end Keyboard only Focus order visible focus trapping Screen reader & braille devices additional meaning injected content forms announcing Congnitive needs progressive reveal tables access
  30. 30. “what is my title?”
  31. 31. Web Designer Web Design
  32. 32. UX/UI Personas Focus groups Card sorts IA Wireframes Prototypes User testing
  33. 33. HTMLCSS Pattern libraries Frameworks UI/Front end developer
  34. 34. Accessibility specialist Accessibility Reviews Accessibility Development
  35. 35. Can I be a specialist?
  36. 36. yes!be what you wanna be
  37. 37. 1. your interests 3. the team 2. your skill set depends on:
  38. 38. If I am in UX, should I learn some front-end skills?
  39. 39. have to? do I
  40. 40. 1. quick prototyping 3. understanding richinteraction 2. understanding RWD invaluable for:
  41. 41. Is there such a thing as the mythical unicorn?
  42. 42. sure…in your dreams
  43. 43. 2. spread too thin? 3. bias? even if they really exist 1. understanding and empathy does not equal extensive experience
  44. 44. Time for a chat…
  45. 45. beer I don’t wanna chat.I’m just here for the
  46. 46. Do you have cross-skills? Let’s hear it! what about you? Are you a specialist?
  47. 47. Russ Weakley Max Design ! Site: maxdesign.com.au Twitter: twitter.com/russmaxdesign Slideshare: slideshare.net/maxdesign Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/russweakley

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