Thanks to my design partner Natalie Stroven who introduced me to an informative UX Meetup “Intimate Sessions with UX Experts” hosted at General Assembly by sponsored by Making Sense. Please reach out to me if you are interested in checking out the next event in October.
Discussion panels always energize my passion for design and invigorate my desire to share with others. I hope you will find these tips inspirational too. Below are notes and takeaways from leading UX professionals including;
1. What Introduced the panel to the UX field?
A math and psychology degree followed by a masters in Human Interaction Design after reading “The Design of Everything Things”
Fine art degree lead to discovering UX design within their workplaces
Commuter science which leads to web design work evolving in digital experience design
2. What attributes to a successful experience design career today?
Be humble, helpful, curious, and passionate
Excel in communication and collaboration
Find ways to persuade stakeholders
Advocate for your team, business, and customers
Learn to create instant connections for user research, presentations, and building connections
Manage up, down and across keeping partners updated and information transparent
Strive for effective presentation skills
Be able to make compromises
Communicate design decisions
Be a thought leader; start podcasting, blogging, tweeting, and speaking
3. What are tips for creating a strong product team?
Come together to solve the problem
Bring all perspectives to the table
Create a sense of rotation, move people around to try other roles to understand the product as a whole
Build a relationship across all teams and expertises
4. What is a design advocate at Google?
The focus is to advocate for designers in and out of the company to improve the Material Design evolution
Day in the life of a design advocate can vary from being in front of a computer to out in the field filming interviews
One must be ok with ambiguity and lose structure
5. Recommendations on how to incorporate data in your process?
Attain as many data sources as possible
Find a way to create a narrative with the data in a single map
Create a big picture for all to see and understand
Tell and make stories visual
Bridge, the gap between Analysts with stakeholders
Use data to showcase design value
The impact is what matters most
Data is a flashlight, it lets you see what is going on
- Micah Alpern
6. How to define a UX role in a company that doesn’t see the value?
Focus on the problems the team are trying to solve
What are some small wins you can achieve with the team
Add value, create a report, build relationships, network learn and find a mentor
Lean into research to support the design
Highlight the customer problems that team members might not be aware of
Include teams in the design process
7. Where is UX headed in the future?
Software is relatively new in the scheme of design, but the processes are fundamentals of UX will stay true
Voice is becoming more commonly adopted as a user pattern and platform with ample applications and opportunities to explore
There will be a focus on the invisible UI as technology and automation evolves
8. Ways to combine UX and product skills?
Incorporate user research to reach business and user goals
Bring in teams that can shed light onto areas of the company and understand the user pain-points
Include user testing within the workshops to validate the work
9. What are some of the biggest challenges experienced in their role?
When starting out having the understanding and skills required
Focusing on personal agenda instead of the customer and product
10. What are recommendations for designers breaking into the field?
Be involved within the community
Try different opportunities within the broad umbrella of UX
Find ways to give back to the community and mentors
Be at the top of your game; you have to be the best at your craft
Strive to do more than you should
Be an active learner
Passion and engagement is what you will get you recognized
Start making things
Care deeply about those things
You don’t have to ask permission, recreate and evolve
Practice and share your work
Find designers you admire
Learn how to tell a story in the allotted amount of time
Apprenticeship is highly valuable to find people who are doing great work and learn from them
“The first goal is to develop your taste, so you know what to strive for.” - Xiaodan Wang