I attended day 2 of this conference that was focused on ‘Product Design‘.
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.
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:
I first became aware of Simone’s work when I was doing my own toaster installation. I take him as a great reference of someone that is mastering the juxtaposition between digital and physical in a way that challenges the current hype around connected objects.
The persuasive patterns workshop was a one day stint delivered by Anders Toxboe from ui-patterns as part of Push conference – a conference in it’s 4th year that started with two designers that wanted to bring together the wide diaspora of people working in design.
The key learnings from the day, sit roughly under three topics:
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:
Key themes: (more…)