A great video from UXMastery.com that explains what UX Design is and why anyone can do it.
First off, I am a bit of a newb when it comes to formal UX. My experience of the past 4+ years has been more informal, assumptions-based design with some analytic data to reference things. The UXStrat 2013 conference in Atlanta was my first deep understanding of UX strategies, skills, techniques and deep value. So you can imagine, my mind was pretty much blown coming out of this.
Both workshops were really valuable to me. The first I attended was about creating journey maps presented by Megan Grocki. The second was about Lean UX by Josh Seiden.
There were also some really great presentations. My favorites were from Ronnie Battista, Aaron Walter, Leah Buley, Tim Loo, and Klemens Wengert just to name a few.
I also met a ton of really great people from all sorts of industries and companies. I was really surprised to meet so many people like myself; outgoing, friendly, people-people. Speakers were just as friendly and engaging as attendees. Overall, everyone I met was just as passionate about what they do in and for UX as I am. It was really inspiring.
Closing Down the Bar
There was even a bunch of us that closed down the bar at where our networking event was held, including Paul the organiser of the conference. Good times, can’t wait until the next one happens. Supposedly, Paul is working with the UK folks to have it in London roughly 6 months from now. That would be pretty amazing to attend.
From the UXStrat conference. There were several frustrating things with this device.
1. The color green of the text and arrow made it unreadable
2. There was no visible spout below each button which made it tough to figure out where the water stream would be shooting
3. The arrangement of the temperatures was also odd. I would have arranged them from hot, warm, then cold
4. I’ll give them credit for the two button safety feature of the hot water though