Heading home (Taken with Instagram at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS))
I’m sitting here in Austin Texas, the day after South by South West Interactive has finished. I’m staying with a great friend, and I’m getting some things done. I’m eating breakfast tacos and taking in the early spring feel. I’m incredibly upset. My plan was to have returned to Taipei today (well, tomorrow really – time zones and all) but the current escalating events in Japan have made me and my fellow work colleagues decide to wait it out a few days. See what’s happening on the ground. We’ll assess the situation of flying back to that particular small island of Taiwan on Friday. I’ll either be flying there, or back to New York.
I wish that the events happening in Japan didn’t happen. I wish the best for the women, men and children living through this complete and utter disaster. I hope that we can all do our best to make any kind of difference whatsoever regarding our family, friends, and fellow humans out in the Pacific.
Austin Convention Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 03:30pm. Traditionally User Experience Design has been a deliverables practice. Wireframes, sitemaps, flow diagrams, content inventories, taxonomies and “The Spec” defined the practice of UX Designers (IxD, UX Design, whatever, etc). While this work has helped define what UX Designers do and the value our work brings to the business, it has also put us in the deliverables business - measured and compensated for the depth and breadth of our deliverables (instead of the quality and success of the experiences we design). Enter Lean UX. Inspired by Lean Product and Agile development theories, Lean UX is the practice of bringing the true nature of our work to light faster, with less emphasis on deliverables and greater focus on the actual experience being designed. This talk will explore how Lean UX manifests in terms of process, communication, documentation and team interaction. In addition, we’ll take a look at how this philosophical shift can take root in any environment from large corporation to interactive agencies to startups.