Author: Mtthwgrvn

  • Ethnographic Archaeology: Iterative Prototyping in UX Research and Design

    Ethnographic Archaeology: Iterative Prototyping in UX Research and Design

    From the outset of the Stringer et al., paper I was a little put off by the mention that they had developed a form of UCD called, ‘curriculum-focused design’. In so far as curriculum is content, they just conducted user-research along with iterative prototyping. And I think this point is not beyond the authors otherwise […]

  • Empathy and Ethics in UX

    Empathy and Ethics in UX

    I don’t think we can have ethics without feminist ethics. However, let me preface this by saying that I mean intersectional feminism. Intersectional feminism asserts that all aspects of socio-political identities overlap. I was glad to see Alison Adam and Jacqueline Ofori-Amanfo dragging questionnaires and surveys just a little bit, while also advocating for ethnography and […]

  • Learning UX Design with the Interaction Design Foundation – a review

    Learning UX Design with the Interaction Design Foundation – a review

    In this post, I review one of my most trusted sources of information for UX courses and materials – the Interaction Design Foundation. The Interaction Design Foundation is one of my favorite websites and often the first place I go to when I turn to the internet to look up information about the user experience and interaction design.

  • Creating an A-Frame Lunar Analog Environment

    Creating an A-Frame Lunar Analog Environment

    As the resident UX researcher and human in the loop testing co-coordinator for CLAWS, it’s my responsibility to plan, facilitate, and analyze usability tests with real people to get feedback on our AR Toolkit for Lunar Astronauts and Scientists (ATLAS). Earlier this year, CLAWS participated in the NASA SUITS Challenge, the pandemic forced our school […]

  • What about Personas?

    What about Personas?

    As we were going over Personas in my Interaction Design course at UMSI, I began seeing some articles on the topic that I wanted to share to the class. Kill your Personas (Links to an external site.) – Microsoft Design Stop obsessing over user personas (Links to an external site.) – UX Collective The discussion we had on personas […]

  • Critique: Reflections on Taking Design Criticism Well

    Critique: Reflections on Taking Design Criticism Well

    When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a comic book artist. I could draw of course, but I knew I wasn’t skilled enough to really go for it. After I got my first computer with an internet connection, I started thinking about web and graphic design as I was fulfilling these roles for […]

  • UX is About Processes, not Products

    UX is About Processes, not Products

    I keep thinking about comments I’ve seen from UX designers on Instagram discussing posts that are tagged #uxdesign. These posts are almost always finished mockups. And amongst the generic bot comments sporting the ‘fire’ emoji, I often see an actual UX designer saying that this isn’t the kind of work they do in UX. While […]

  • The Needfinders: a Reflection on Patnaik and Becker’s seminal paper

    The Needfinders: a Reflection on Patnaik and Becker’s seminal paper

    Patnaik and Becker seem to give us a torch with which to light our path into that immersive, murky realm of qualitative data collecting and assessment. Among the several important takeaways I saw was that in doing social research, it’s easy to just gather data for the sake of gathering data, and you’ll be able […]

  • Compare | Design | Explain Series Part 1

    Compare | Design | Explain Series Part 1

    The goal of this report is three-fold. It seeks to compare and evaluate two competing websites in terms of human-computer interaction with a focus on the information processing model. This model likens our cognitive processes to how a computer works. Using this critique, we will then propose a new design, and justify why this design is […]

  • Critical Issues in Information

    Critical Issues in Information

    While a trained analyst can uncover useful insights about a population using Big Data, if you really want to know what’s going on you ask the locals.