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  • What the heck is UX Design?

  • And what does a UX Designer actually do?

  • These are difficult questions to answer,

  • because if you ask 5 different people,

  • you're going to get 5 different answers.

  • In this talk, I'm not only going to explain what UX Design is

  • but also why I believe you should find out more about it

  • regardless of your job.

  • UX, obviously, stands for "user experience"

  • And when we say "user experience",

  • we're referring to the what, when, where,

  • why, and how someone uses a product,

  • as well as who that person is. So: what, when,

  • where, why, how, and who: these cover the

  • user experience of a product, which is

  • pretty much everything that affects a user's interaction with that product.

  • So as you can imagine, a UX Designer,

  • which is someone who designs these interactions,

  • is constantly asking a ton

  • of questions. If you're someone who

  • naturally questions things, UX Design

  • could be a great career for you, because

  • it's the answers to these questions

  • that shape a product's design.

  • Of course it's not all about the user's needs.

  • UX Designers need to take

  • into account a business's needs as well.

  • It's no use having a product that people love,

  • if it doesn't help a business achieve its goals.

  • That's not a product,

  • that's a side project. A UX Designer aims

  • for that sweet spot where user needs and business needs overlap.

  • So how do they

  • do this, other than by asking a lot of questions?

  • Well, a UX Designer follows

  • what's called a user-centred design process.

  • We use a set of tools and

  • techniques to take the user's needs

  • into account at every stage of the

  • product's lifecycle. I'm going to repeat that,

  • because it's a bit of a mouthful when

  • you hear it for the first time:

  • a user-centred design process takes the

  • user's needs into account at every stage of the product lifecycle.

  • I say product, because these techniques apply

  • to web apps, mobile apps, desktop apps, or

  • even physical products.

  • OK. So that's all well and good, but

  • why should you care? I'm going to give

  • you four reasons why I believe this stuff

  • matters so much, and this list doesn't

  • include the obvious one, which is the fact that

  • paying attention to UX results in you

  • building a product that's awesome, instead

  • of one that people hate using. Hopefully

  • that's a given. The reasons why I think you

  • should learn more about UX are:

  • 1) You're probably doing some of this already.

  • One thing I've learned is that when

  • you understand how it is that you do what you do,

  • you become infinitely better at it.

  • Like the fable about the centipede who,

  • when asked how it was that he walked,

  • couldn't give an answer. But when he

  • picked himself up, and examined and

  • flexed each of his hundred legs, he

  • danced the most beautiful dance in the world.

  • Here's Number 2: user-centred design is a

  • process, which means it's practically

  • scientific! It's like taking the scientific

  • method, using analysis and measurement, and

  • applying it to humans and their behaviour.

  • And that's fascinating to me - this notion

  • that designers are artistic geniuses with a

  • penchant for cutting off their own ear ...

  • it's nonsense! This is a science! Well, a

  • quasi-science. Which leads me to the third

  • reason that UX matters: it's not that hard.

  • Especially for people who are already

  • technically inclined. I don't want to go

  • putting myself out of a job here, but you

  • know what? This stuff is not rocket surgery,

  • to borrow from Steve Krug. Anyone can learn

  • the basics of user testing and card sorting

  • and writing scenarios and creating wireframes.

  • It's actually very straightforward.

  • Which is a good segue to the fourth reason

  • you should care about UX, and that's that ...

  • it's fun! This stuff is fascinating! A career

  • as a UX Designer is interesting, it's challenging,

  • it's rewarding, it pays well, and there's a very

  • low barrier to entry.

  • A lot of people feel uncomfortable calling

  • themselves a "designer", because they're no

  • good at choosing a typeface or a colour palette.

  • Get over it! UX Design is the

  • design behind the visuals. Visual design is

  • just one small part of it. It's an important

  • part, but some of the best UX Designers I know

  • actually aren't that great at visual design,

  • but they're really good at those other areas

  • that are so important.

  • And that's pretty much it. So while you

  • might hear terms like information architect, user

  • interface designer, interaction designer or

  • usability specialist, these can all be considered

  • UX professionals. Now they might specialise

  • in marketing or technology, or maybe they come

  • from a user research, social media, or even

  • customer support background. Either way,

  • they're all asking a ton of questions, and

  • following a quasi-scientific process to do

  • the design behind the visuals.

  • And they're having a blast doing it!

  • So that's what I'd like to leave you with:

  • that if this stuff interests you, you may

  • very well be well placed to have a promising

  • career as a UX designer.

  • Thanks for listening. My name's Matt, and

  • I've just launched a site called UXMastery.com,

  • where I blog about UX. If you're interested,

  • come and check it out!

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