From Muppets to Mastery:
Core UX Principles from Mr. Jim Henson
Russ Unger | @russu | GE Capital Americas
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
You wouldn’t decide to become
a puppeteer, I don’t think.
“
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Brief History - The 1950s
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Brief History - The 1960s
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Brief History - The 1970s
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Brief History - The 1980s
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Brief History - The 1990s & Beyond
#UXMuppets | @russu
MuppetLean
#UXMuppets | @russu
MVK
Minimum
+ =
Viable Kermit
#UXMuppets | @russu
Iterate
1955 1965 1968 1978
, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate
#UXMuppets | @russu
2005
Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate
#UXMuppets | @russu
Project Ecosystems
#UXMuppets | @russu
Designer
Product Manager
Project Manager
Marketing QA Dev
Client?
#UXMuppets | @russu
Good Experiences Are Invisible
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Good Experience is Invisible
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Good Experience is Invisible
Give the audience enough to work with
and they’ll do the rest for you.
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Good Experience is Invisible
Give the audience enough to work with
and they’ll do the rest for you.
#UXMuppets | @russu
A Good Experience is Invisible
Give the audience enough to work with
and they’ll do the rest for you.
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
Visual Thinking
#UXMuppets | @russu
I’ve always been most
intrigued by what can
be done with the visual
image. I feel that is
what is stro...
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
Sketching / Storyboarding / Prototyping
#UXMuppets | @russu
Sketching
Henson started sketching characters and comic strips as a kid.
He never stopped.
#UXMuppets | @russu
Sketching
Henson started sketching characters and comic strips as a kid.
He never stopped.
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
Storyboarding
A storyboard is a graphic organizer that visually tells a story.
Creating a storyboard h...
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
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#UXMuppets | @russu
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#UXMuppets | @russu
Patterns
#UXMuppets | @russu
Patterns
Original Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could be
easily made from a single design.
#UXMuppets | @russu
Patterns
Original Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could be
easily made from a single design.
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
Hacking
#UXMuppets | @russu
Bernard Tyers
Belén Barros Pena
~$3,000.00
http://www.diymobileusabilitytesting.net/
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
Travis Isaacs
keynotekungfu.com
#UXMuppets | @russu
#UXMuppets | @russu
Hacking
Jim needed to see what the viewer would see, so he started using a
“monitor” to view scenes fr...
#UXMuppets | @russu
WWJHD?
What Would Jim Henson Do?
#UXMuppets | @russu
(So What?)
Jim Henson made sketching and prototyping a constant part of his thinking process.
He conti...
#UXMuppets | @russu
You wouldn’t decide to become
a puppeteer, I don’t think.
“
Russ Unger | @russu | GE Capital Americas
Thank You!
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Jim Henson started working as a puppeteer in 1954, a fair 40-50 years before many of us even considered User Experience as a career. He did, however, take it upon himself to apply many of the core principals that UX Designers are falling love with today (or are at least using as part of our everyday lives).

Hang out for a quick dive into the life of Jim Henson, with a view into his work from the perspective of how it pertains to what it is we’re doing today, that promises to even leave Waldorf and Statler happy. And yes, there will be muppets.

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  1. 1. From Muppets to Mastery: Core UX Principles from Mr. Jim Henson Russ Unger | @russu | GE Capital Americas
  2. 2. #UXMuppets | @russu
  3. 3. #UXMuppets | @russu
  4. 4. #UXMuppets | @russu You wouldn’t decide to become a puppeteer, I don’t think. “
  5. 5. #UXMuppets | @russu A Brief History - The 1950s
  6. 6. #UXMuppets | @russu A Brief History - The 1960s
  7. 7. #UXMuppets | @russu A Brief History - The 1970s
  8. 8. #UXMuppets | @russu A Brief History - The 1980s
  9. 9. #UXMuppets | @russu A Brief History - The 1990s & Beyond
  10. 10. #UXMuppets | @russu MuppetLean
  11. 11. #UXMuppets | @russu MVK Minimum + = Viable Kermit
  12. 12. #UXMuppets | @russu Iterate 1955 1965 1968 1978 , Iterate, Iterate, Iterate
  13. 13. #UXMuppets | @russu 2005 Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Iterate
  14. 14. #UXMuppets | @russu Project Ecosystems
  15. 15. #UXMuppets | @russu Designer Product Manager Project Manager Marketing QA Dev Client?
  16. 16. #UXMuppets | @russu Good Experiences Are Invisible
  17. 17. #UXMuppets | @russu A Good Experience is Invisible
  18. 18. #UXMuppets | @russu A Good Experience is Invisible Give the audience enough to work with and they’ll do the rest for you.
  19. 19. #UXMuppets | @russu A Good Experience is Invisible Give the audience enough to work with and they’ll do the rest for you.
  20. 20. #UXMuppets | @russu A Good Experience is Invisible Give the audience enough to work with and they’ll do the rest for you.
  21. 21. #UXMuppets | @russu
  22. 22. #UXMuppets | @russu Visual Thinking
  23. 23. #UXMuppets | @russu I’ve always been most intrigued by what can be done with the visual image. I feel that is what is strongest about the work I do...the visual image. “
  24. 24. #UXMuppets | @russu
  25. 25. #UXMuppets | @russu
  26. 26. #UXMuppets | @russu Sketching / Storyboarding / Prototyping
  27. 27. #UXMuppets | @russu Sketching Henson started sketching characters and comic strips as a kid. He never stopped.
  28. 28. #UXMuppets | @russu Sketching Henson started sketching characters and comic strips as a kid. He never stopped.
  29. 29. #UXMuppets | @russu
  30. 30. #UXMuppets | @russu
  31. 31. #UXMuppets | @russu
  32. 32. #UXMuppets | @russu Storyboarding A storyboard is a graphic organizer that visually tells a story. Creating a storyboard helps you plan your story shot by shot.
  33. 33. #UXMuppets | @russu
  34. 34. #UXMuppets | @russu
  35. 35. #UXMuppets | @russu Lend4Health.com Home Page (0.0.0.0) Search Loans to Fund (1.0.0.0) Loan Details (1.1.0.0)
  36. 36. #UXMuppets | @russu Lend4Health.com Home Page (0.0.0.0) Search Loans to Fund (1.0.0.0) Loan Details (1.1.0.0)
  37. 37. #UXMuppets | @russu Patterns
  38. 38. #UXMuppets | @russu Patterns Original Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could be easily made from a single design.
  39. 39. #UXMuppets | @russu Patterns Original Muppets were designed so that ~6 Muppets could be easily made from a single design.
  40. 40. #UXMuppets | @russu
  41. 41. #UXMuppets | @russu Hacking
  42. 42. #UXMuppets | @russu Bernard Tyers Belén Barros Pena ~$3,000.00 http://www.diymobileusabilitytesting.net/
  43. 43. #UXMuppets | @russu
  44. 44. #UXMuppets | @russu
  45. 45. #UXMuppets | @russu Travis Isaacs keynotekungfu.com
  46. 46. #UXMuppets | @russu
  47. 47. #UXMuppets | @russu Hacking Jim needed to see what the viewer would see, so he started using a “monitor” to view scenes from where he was located.
  48. 48. #UXMuppets | @russu WWJHD? What Would Jim Henson Do?
  49. 49. #UXMuppets | @russu (So What?) Jim Henson made sketching and prototyping a constant part of his thinking process. He continually evolved everything he worked on. He hacked things together. He made it up as he went along. As a relatively new industry, so do we.
  50. 50. #UXMuppets | @russu You wouldn’t decide to become a puppeteer, I don’t think. “
  51. 51. Russ Unger | @russu | GE Capital Americas Thank You!

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