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Friday 03| 2|01
User Centered Design Thoughts

Just finished reading Lou Rosenfeld's interview with Christina Wodtke. She shares her evolution into IA and her thoughts on user centered IA. I mention this because I have been interviewing for jobs all over the bay area and most of the firms want to know what my User Centered Design Process is. I think this is something that every interaction designer, web designer and information architect should think about - even write down. It is more than slapping in usability testing on the end of a product cycle. I have had to crystallize and articulate my process to many people and it has made me think about how I actually practice this process. I have also become more aware of when we have to cut corners and compress timelines and in most cases user testing suffers. So here are my thoughts on the whole process:

Most of this doesn't seem like it is too out there, but I have experienced release cycles that barely have had time for any thoughtful design let alone any interaction with our users. It usually will come back to bite you. Some good reading on the subject can be found in the book Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug. I have left out a lot of detail in the process - particluarly about working through the Information Architecture and the Visual design and their symbiotic relationship - but that's for another day. Posted by erin at 03:56 PM | in User Centered Design

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