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.
Yesterday’s training was fascinating. I met some interesting people who are already very immersed in User Experience. Learning about all the different ways you can apply User Experience principles to processes and projects seems very daunting. Some interesting things I learned are listed below.
At the end of the month I’m heading to the Nielsen Norman Group’s Usability Week in New York City! I’m fortunate to attend this instead of my yearly conferences I’ve attended in the past.