Hey there, design reader!
Me, me again. Chronicling week six of my UX Academy Journey as a student in Designlab’s UX Academy, Weingart cohort. In the interest of time, let’s get right to it:
Remember last week, when I called the battle of the big bad schedule boss in my favor? Ha, ha.
And that’s all I will say about that. Week seven is here, and I can feel the pace accelerating again. There is no time for spending nearly all day on a two-hour project (something I did twice this past week), and there’s certainly no time for one of my long and contemplative musings.
I will be lean journaling here in the hopes that some of that lean will rub off on my UX skills. I am now actively training for this marathon (preferably before this side-ache takes me out). Think of it as a macro post—a kind of chronological empathy map meets task flow of me as user in bite-size thoughts, feeling, wants, needs, and of course, pains and gains as I go about the coursework for the week… probably captured on multi-colored sticky notes plastered all over my desk. And nightstand. And kitchen. And the front door.
(The inside part).
At the Start of Week Six...
I’m nearly caught up and feeling confident finishing up Module 4 (covering information architecture, usability, and navigation and search—aka, structural organization decisions and mapping). Next up was Interaction Design, where things will really get jamming!
Information Architecture & Usability
It sounds more confusing than probably it is, but it’s certainly essential and shouldn’t demand too much excess design time for the projects, which is always rife with rabbit holes. But after thinking through a personal content strategy, and delving into the responsibilities and expectations of usability, the stakes slowly crawl just a little bit higher.
The biggest takeaway: IA and usability have huge influence over the proliferation of a product—when done well they can make an experience easy and intuitive, and when done not so well they can really break the whole experience down by gunking it up with an overly involved and problematic navigation and loopholed UI.
And, as per the usual, the frame of reference is always what does the user need? What will make this process easier and more pleasurable for them—aka me (in this here journal), and you, my fellow newbie/soon-to-be newbie UX-ers out there.