Setting my intention for the kind of UX designer I want to be

Right, this title is big and juicy. I feel the pressure, but I am not going to give into it. I’m just going to get on with writing a little bit about where I am as a Designer and where I want to be.

I just changed jobs. My move from a large consultancy to an agency was motivated by me wanting to focus on interaction design and work in a design led environment.

In conjunction to me wanting to get a more interaction design led portfolio I also want to move into the Digital+Physical environment.

And that is me setting my intention for the next year. That’s all.

 

Process is what shapes the products we build – Dustin Senos

Dustin gave the opening talk for the PushConference 2015. He focused on process and on 4 points that will NOT set you up for success:

1. Not establishing success criteria

2. Designing for the wrong person

3. Not exhausting your options

4. Being too clever

One revelatory moment came when Dustin plotted 4 design disciplines in one line:

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Filming sketchnotes for the first time

Learning to sketchnote has been one of the most rewarding things I have done in the past 3 years.

It all started with UXPA UK. I wanted to get involved with the ux community in London and I started attending UXPA’s monthly events. As it is a volunteer run organisation I wanted to help out and Raj, who runs the mentoring scheme, suggested sketchnoting. ‘Sure’ i said…I had never heard of it.

Suddenly I had something to add to the conversations that were happening on twitter and I was part of the event. It was a quick way to start engaging with the UX community in London.

I started doing conferences as well and even presented at the UCD 2014. Late last year, I had my first go at making it into a video:

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