Dessin moi un mouton Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
“Dessin moi un mouton!” or maybe “Draw me a tree!” Are these good enough tasks to give to your future UX Designer? If you’re a Jungian Analyst maybe they are. But you’re probably not, so let’s make it easy and see if you can find out how your future UX Designer is consuming the web! Yes, nothing else.
How they find the content, how they consume the content and where. How can they ever design a web experience if they didn’t try it first? How can they come up with patterns that speak to the mental models of their audience if they didn’t discover them first? How much have time have you spent, just for the fun of it, on CoDrops’s playground, just mindlessly clicking around?
What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when the client says: “Search feature will play a key role in how our users look for information” ? There are two ways UX Designers can approach this task:
Some, will draw a bigger input text box and a submit button and “Let the visual designer take it from here, my work is done”. And others, will try to remember all the amazing websites they’ve consumed in the past, with amazing search features, great interactions and try them all over again, but this time with a certain goal in their heads. Soon after, the perfect combination gets born, and you feel great.
Then, your great creation needs to be validated. You need to think of the medium, the browser. What if your interactions cannot be possible because your users are not using the latest browser per say and what’s the fallback or maybe the dev team doesn’t supports the technology. That’s the second thing your UX Designer needs to know. The medium. You cannot be a zealot with your designs. You need to know how the browser works! Maybe 15 years ago you didn’t have too, but these days you cannot be a UX Designer if you don’t know the medium that you’re designing for. Find out how the browser works!
We all act on patterns. We all live and act on past experiences. And based on those experiences we create patterns of behaviour. Same thing applies for your future UX Designers. They need to have experienced everything, they need to see what other people have seen before you can trust them to be the crusaders of your next endeavor .
Dessin moi un mouton …
Si quelqu’un veut un mouton, c’est la preuve qu’il en existe un.
More amazing read on this topic:
The best interview question for hiring UX Designers – by Jared Spool
The person they’ll become – by Jason Fried
Here’s an easy and powerful way of consuming the web: