UXD720 Week 12: Reflection Week

Image credit: Old Youth It was remarkably difficult to get this post started. It feels like a ‘goodbye’ of sorts. There hasn’t been a day in the last four months that I haven’t spent at least a bit of time thinking about my prototype, and this post marks the close of that chapter. As happyContinue reading “UXD720 Week 12: Reflection Week”

UXD720 Week 10: Content

Image credit: American Heritage Chocolate Reflecting on service design in the workplace. I had a pretty involved conversation with a close friend this week. It started casually enough; he asked how my studies were going, and what I had been reading about. I said I was looking into service design. As I summarised what IContinue reading “UXD720 Week 10: Content”

UXD720 Week 7: Prototyping & Usability

Image credit: Sigmund Learnings from prototype iteration #1. I’ve now made the jump from analog wireframes to an early digital prototype. I found the biggest surprise of that process to be the number of details my wireframes overlooked. Following one user’s journey through my app has left so many facets of the system untouched andContinue reading “UXD720 Week 7: Prototyping & Usability”

UXD720 Week 1: Orientation

Image credit: Robert Wiedemann After hibernating for the last few weeks, It’s now time to get back into academia. Let’s crack on. The module opened by asking us to discuss what UX means to us. I presented UX in two, juxtaposing lights. In one breath, UX practitioners create stellar, revolutionary user journeys, pioneering and architectingContinue reading “UXD720 Week 1: Orientation”

UXD720 Week 6: Reading Week

Image credit: Annie Spratt One of my biggest insecurities of the last module was my struggle with academic papers. I romanticised the idea of getting lost in scholarly literature, like Gandalf searching the old archives at Minas Tirith… At least once a week I found myself totally despondent at my inability to engage with peerContinue reading “UXD720 Week 6: Reading Week”

GDD710 Week 12: Finale

Image credit: Mio Ito And there we have it. This post marks the final week of content for the first module of this course. Extending the metaphor I used to open my ‘Foreword’ post, I’m now a few storeys up on the UX tower. To bring everything together, I’d now like to revisit the learningContinue reading “GDD710 Week 12: Finale”

GDD710 Week 10: Agile Practice

Image credit: Andrea Lightfoot Of the working environments that I have had exposure to in this industry (either by employment, visit, or as an interviewee) all have claimed to use agile practices. Several reported using a combination of Lean, Agile and Design Thinking methodologies, unique in one way or another. In the companies that IContinue reading “GDD710 Week 10: Agile Practice”

GDD710 Week 9: Communities of Practice

Image credit: Park Troopers Having been in the tech industry for only three years, I consider myself to be somewhat of a novice in UX design. Of course, if that wasn’t the case I probably wouldn’t be studying what I am today. That’s not to say that I am still at the first stepping stoneContinue reading “GDD710 Week 9: Communities of Practice”

GDD710 Week 3: Rapid Ideation

Image credit: Kelly Sikkema Monday 5th October. I had a pretty silly conversation with a colleague and close friend, Chris, today. The topic was, If the universe was a soap opera, which celestial bodies would have the most tragic story arc? Stay with me; I am going somewhere with this. My entry for the Saddest StarContinue reading “GDD710 Week 3: Rapid Ideation”

GDD710 Week 1: Orientation

Image credit: Jametlene Reskp SITREPs & Pledges. For the first post of my critical reflective journal, I thought it would be appropriate to take inventory, of sorts. I’d like to log my knowledge of user experience design and product development, in both an industrial and academic capacity.  My studies in psychology and creative writing, and myContinue reading “GDD710 Week 1: Orientation”