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The Nuances of UX - LA UX 2013

Nick Finck
December 10, 2013

The Nuances of UX - LA UX 2013

This presentation was given at LA UX in Santa Monica, CA, USA

When doing any kind of design work, the devil is always in the details. It is easy and often important for us to quickly rush through our wireframes and prototypes to meet a client deadline, but as professionals we must not overlook the subtleties that can turn a good experience into a great experience. This talk is about the little details we see in apps and websites we use every day, but often fail to notice. We fail to notice them because they provide for a much smoother user experience. You will learn how to design for these experiences even with a tight deadline and within an agile workflow. After this presentation you’ll never look at another app or website the same again.

Nick Finck

December 10, 2013

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  3. Good design is as little design as possible. Less, but

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  4. When we over-simplify, we tend to miss important details. The

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  5. Most of our processes are feature- driven. We operate in

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  6. Features and version numbers are simply common ways to market

    a product, yet they are rarely a means to improve the experience for the customer.
  7. It’s not enough that we build products that function, that

    are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and yes, beauty to people’s lives. - Don Norman
  8. It is not the strongest of the species that survives,

    nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin
  9. When design is practiced without responsibility what we get is

    not creation but destruction. - Mike Monteiro
  10. We’re in a technology tsunami. Whether you love it or

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  11. We used to seek a Work/Life balance, times have changed

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  12. We are mired in a design culture that either doesn’t

    understand its responsibility to the world we live in or worse, it doesn’t care. - Mike Monteiro
  13. STOP We owe it to ourselves to this way of

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  14. We can't solve problems by using the same kind of

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  15. We must not think of our job as designing for

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  17. Design works in the service of a better world. Always

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  18. We are the makers of our own state and… individuals

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