I’m a Storyteller: Modeling Users, and Crafting Analogies for Better Design

I use analogies. I'm constantly on the lookout for the perfect analogy to describe this phenomena or that. For example, how do you describe culture to someone?  If you go to the dictionary and recite: the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group -(see: Dictionary.com (Links to an external … Continue reading I’m a Storyteller: Modeling Users, and Crafting Analogies for Better Design

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 … Continue reading What about Personas?

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 … Continue reading Critique: Reflections on Taking Design Criticism Well

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 … Continue reading UX is About Processes, not Products

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

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 … Continue reading Compare | Design | Explain Series Part 1