UXD General Assembly Week 4

Tool: Invision |  Sketch

PAPER PROTOTYPING

It is good to start with paper prototyping of your user flows because you will get input from users and if it doesn’t work well, you can rework again because effort in paper prototyping is small(you wasted just a few papers!). It’s ok to start again at early stage rather than discover flaws when you are developing the real product.

In class, we used Invision for the paper prototyping (It’s free!). It is simple to use and it can be downloaded on real device.  It can be shared via sms too! (love this)

 

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UXD General Assembly Week 3

Topic: Grocery shopping

Persona

personas

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Through persona, you can relate more on how’s the persona behaves/ reacts to your product. Persona is the target group of audience that you aim to get your empathy with.

Does getting more persona means better for your project?

– More persona means your project need to target more group of audience which you have high possibility of pleasing no one in the end.

Katia conducted 3 brief interviews in front of us and we were told to write each of the observation on a sticky note during the interview. After that we grouped relevant ones together and synthesised the whole picture.

Note: Separate themes by goals, not behaviors. It’s possible that not all post-its will fall into a big grouping, and that’s okay.

Warning: A lot of Post-it notes ahead

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UXD General Assembly Week 1

 

Pre-class

GA depends on Slack as a forum for students to interact and Schoology as a portal to upload all the slides and documents to study. Wireframe tool, GA gives out license (doubt it is a lifetime) for a tool called Axure instead of Sketch (Haven’t put my hands on that tool yet, will update as soon as possible)

Introduction of UX

The instructor(will use Katia from now on) ask the class on “What do you think UX is?” and write them on a sticky note. Some said it is a process, it is an improvement..etc UX design needs the foundation of Design Thinking and throughout this course, the class will be using Design Thinking by jumping right in to experience it ourselves.

Asking the right questions to grope out a better answers from interviewees. Do not simply take interviewee answer but ask more detailed about it.

  • Ask open-ended questions (Do not ask yes/no questions)
  • Ask “Why?” or “So what’s your conclusion on this?” to let interviewees to sum up and organise their thoughts back
  • Do not push for specific information as you might missed other important discoveries.
  • Use silence as a way to get interviewees to continue their stories. (I like this 🙂 People tends to fill more on awkward silences.
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So… you want to learn about UX?

ux-vs-ui-dev-skills-simple

What’s UX?

User Experience Design (UXD or UED ) is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product.[1] User experience design encompasses traditional human–computer interaction (HCI) design, and extends it by addressing all aspects of a product or service as perceived by users.[2]

–from wiki

When I first heard of a UX designer position in my current company, I’ve been curious of what UX really means and people used to tell me: “You have been getting in touch of the UX already! In mobile app, you make the button bigger in order to be more clickable, font text adjustment for elderly user etc.” I think these are just the small part of UX. Learning UX will certainly compliment my job as a mobile developer in a long term and who knows I might be able to provide my perspective coming from a mobile developer background in UX design.

Why I need to attend a course?

There are a lot of ways to achieve a goal. Of course, self-learning in UX will succeed as well. For me, I need a more systematic way/mentorship to guide me through UX and to ensure I’ll commit my hours weekly consistently. Same theory applies to those who want to sign up gym to “force” themselves to exercise consistently because they have “paid” for it.  I get easily distracted once I’m getting busier on my work project.

There are a lot of suggestions and options on which learning resources is the best and I have been reading most of the reviews online on them(Quora, Medium) which most of them describe their courses are PERFECT. (not helping at all)

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Citymapper Review

Citymapper banner

I like to explore around Singapore when I’m free (no, I’m not sleepwalking) and it is safe for me to venture around as long I have my 4G connection and money on me. I use location-route-app when I need to find how to go to my destination in public transports.

Come to know of this app when I read across TechCrunch 2015 Apps Nominees.

In Singapore, I use GoThereSg mobile(S$5.98) and GoogleMaps(occasionally) therefore in the following I will compare this app with Citymapper based on my experience.

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Good habits hard to cultivate

Bad habits

 

To know what’s happening in Tech. (and not via Facebook)

I don’t read much on motivational or inspirational book. In fact, I managed to read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” because the graphics captivated me and the writing was like the author is talking with you as a friend. That time I were pump up to have all the habits but I will forget it after 3 weeks (or less than that like new year resolutions).

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