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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 … Continue reading Empathy and Ethics in UX

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 … Continue reading Ethnographic Archaeology: Iterative Prototyping in UX Research and Design

Prototyping w.me in XD

What isn't a prototype? Even a finished product is a prototype of the next iteration or version. The key takeaway from the Le Bricolage section was how the designers cobbled things together to make a brilliant prototype of an innovative technology that doesn't actually exist. At the end he also noted that in his view, … Continue reading Prototyping w.me in XD

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