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So this past weekend I attended Startup Weekend Louisville #10!
It was an incredibly educational and exhausting weekend, but I have to say it was entirely worth it! Me and my employee (Jonah) went as part of our team’s goals for us to do fun non-work related professional development. So I just wanted to review a little bit of the weekend and the things I learned.
I’ve had a rough time the last 2 years. With knee surgery behind me over a year ago I began another life challenge that’s taken some time to work through. In September, while on a motorcycle trip with my dad and brother, I was hit head on by a car who came into my lane. I survived, thankfully, with a few issues that are still causing me problems today.
After I arrived home from the Usability Week, I had a feeling something was wrong with my knee that I had hurt a couple months prior. Turns out, I had a torn ACL and meniscus. So about 4.5 weeks ago I had knee surgery and have spent a lot of time working from home while I recover.
I’m back home in Louisville. It was awesome to visit NYC, but it’s really great to be home. Already this week, I’ve started working towards some of the things I learned about while at Usability Week. One project outside of work, is the re-design of my church’s website. I plan to document much of the process here, since I am limited what I can share with work.
Today was the last day of the conference. At this point, many people’s brains were all mushy and gushing out of their skulls. I know I felt that way. I started off in the Analytics session, but it turned out to be how do we make design decisions FROM Analytics, not how do we best PRESENT Analytics to users. I must have mis-read the session synopsis.
Yesterday’s course went into depth over Usability Testing. We went through the process of writing a study plan, tasks, finding participants, and even completing a usability study session. I discovered I am a terrible facilitator (though my instructor reminded me last night, I am not!).
The Human Mind & Usability session was so informative. It centered on the psychology of the user and how we process information. Throughout the day, we were challenged with mental exercises to show how we as designers are the same, even if we don’t realize it.
Yesterday’s class was a lot of practical, educational fun! We went through several activities through the day, and got to practice what we were learning on a small level. The class centered on, like the title says, user research methods. We went through an exhaustive list of methods, but the major ones were surveys, field studies, and focus groups.
Yesterday’s training went much quicker than the first day. I think it was a combination of the subject and how there were things I was learning that could be easily put into my regular work that helped. Some of my highlights from yesterday are listed below.