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Pursuing Elegance - Introduction to Elegance in Digital Product Design @amUX

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As UX designers, we're always looking for the good in the world. We're constant observers of people and observers of the world so we can make it better!

In this talk I will give you my tools that I use to find elegance in user experiences that others have built. And I'll share my techniques for desiging elegance into your sites, apps, and products. I promise that the discussion won't get stuck in the world of platonic theory — I'll help you find better customer problems, solve them with more elegant structres and, in your way, to create a world that's just a little bit better too!

Presented at #amUX (a local ATL UX community) on 5/4/2016

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Pursuing Elegance - Introduction to Elegance in Digital Product Design @amUX

  1. 1. 1 PURSUE ELEGANCE ZACH POUSMAN, HELPFULLY ZACH@HELPFULLY.COM @THINKY
  2. 2. 3 FIRST, A STORY…
  3. 3. HI, I’M ZACH POUSMAN Zach Pousman @thinky
  4. 4. DIGITAL PRODUCT STRATEGY UNSCRAMBL Zach Pousman @thinky
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  8. 8. A DEFINITION OF ELEGANCE
  9. 9. Simple Powerful Coherent comfortable Hat tip to Michael Zuschlag, 2011 
 & Matthew May ‘In Pursuit of Elegance’, 2012 Zach Pousman @thinky
  10. 10. HOW TO PURSUE ELEGANCE
  11. 11. Noticing elegance Dealing with constraints Dealing with the product ecology Dealing with cadence Zach Pousman @thinky
  12. 12. Constraints can be: intrinsic Dictated imposed self-imposed Hat tip to Elster, 2000 Zach Pousman @thinky
  13. 13. label your constraints Visual Design Machine Learning People’s Vanity Monetization Support multiple devices
  14. 14. label your constraints Visual Design Machine Learning People’s Vanity Monetization Support multiple devices
  15. 15. label your constraints Visual Design Machine Learning People’s Vanity Monetization Support multiple devices
  16. 16. label your constraints People’s Vanity Monetization Support multiple devices Zach Pousman @thinky
  17. 17. label your constraints get to ‘know’ them revisit them often Zach Pousman @thinky
  18. 18. label your constraints get to ‘know’ them revisit them often Zach Pousman @thinky you can’t beat the constraints into submission … You can, but it’s inelegant.
  19. 19. KNOW YOUR PRODUCT ECOLOGY P P P P P P YOUR PRODUCT Functional Emotional Aesthetic Symbolic P P Others who see you use the product Social clusters Forlizzi, J. (2008). The Product Ecology: Understanding Social Product Use and Supporting Design Culture. International Journal of Design vol. 2, no. 1. Product use Zach Pousman @thinky
  20. 20. Elegance means taking cadence seriously. APART OF LIFE BEGINNER-TO-EXPERT ROUTINE(S) USAGE ASESSION AN INTERACTION MENUANIMATION Hat tip to Berryman & Pousman, 2013
  21. 21. SMS Mapping cadence can help you achieve elegance Hat tip to Berryman & Pousman, 2013
  22. 22. Elegance across CLi, gui, nui, gestural & conversational paradigms 25 Zach Pousman @thinky
  23. 23. Potentially concerning Zach Pousman @thinky
  24. 24. Zach Pousman @thinky Potentially concerning
  25. 25. THANKS! ZACH@HELPFULLY.COM @THINKY

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