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Whit Hour – Week 22

Thank you so much to the ~22 people who showed up for the twenty-second week of Whit Hour — my weekly one-hour video chat to answer any and all of your questions about user experience, consulting, and whatever else you throw at me.

Tune in every Monday night from 10-11pm Eastern Time at http://www.livestream.com/whithour.

Whit Hour – Week 22

December 20, 2010, from 10:00-11:00pm ET

This Week’s Beer

Sober!

Questions Asked and (Hopefully) Answered

  1. I’m a self-taught web designer. I’ve taken a particular interest in UX design. Suggestions on becoming a serious, full-time UX Specialist?
  2. Describe your most challenging situation as a UX professional?
  3. Have you ever approached a company that you felt needed your help when they didn’t know it or ask for UX help?
  4. Have you considered starting a mentoring workshop yourself?
  5. Why doesn’t An Event Apart ever have conferences in nyc?
  6. As an independent designer how do you measure your own success and professional growth?
  7. Any specific part of the world or city that seems more mature in their practice UX design?
  8. How do you identify and improve on your weaknesses w/ regard to design
  9. Regarding the 2011 plans, are you still toying with the idea of summer in Pittsburgh?
  10. I’m starting a blog on Design for Startups — What topic do you think will interest freelance desigers and CEOs alike?
  11. What are your thoughts on giving developers control over user experience rather than having dedicated product managers, or someone looking after UX specifically?
  12. Are you going to be able to see the lunar eclipse tonight?
  13. Are there any training resources or tools I you’d recommend for developers to help improve their UX design abilities? You mentioned your DIY UX talk?

Full Text Chat

Welcome to the ‘whithour’ room.
deconspray: Question: I’m a self-taught web designer. I’ve taken a particular interest in UX design. Suggestions on becoming a serious, full-time UX Specialist?
deconspray: Describe your most challenging situation as a UX professional?
Lesharque: test
ericnowina: This was deconspray’s question: deconspray: Question: I’m a self-taught web designer. I’ve taken a particular interest in UX design. Suggestions on becoming a serious, full-time UX Specialist?
ericnowina: aaaaand: deconspray: Describe your most challenging situation as a UX professional?
lwcavallucci: Have you ever approached a company that you felt needed your help when they didn’t know it or ask for UX help?
gotham: have you considered starting a mentoring workshop yourself?
whitneyhess mod: http://iainstitute.org/en/members/mentoring/welcome_to_iai_mentoring.php
gotham: why doesn’t event apart ever have conferences in nyc?
Lesharque: As an independent designer how do you measure your own success and professional growth?
lwcavallucci: Thanks Whitney. You’ve probably saved me a lot of energy.
Lesharque: Yike, my sounds is out –
germanmartinez: Hi Whitney!
Lesharque: any clue and where the volumn control is here
ericnowina: Any specific part of the world or city that seems more mature in their practice UX design?
gotham: so those of us who live in nyc are just out of luck? :( This & the big web show are the only outlets I have to learn about web world.
candi5by5: hey gotham. What in particular are you trying to learn about the web?
Lesharque: with regard to the UI discipline how do you identify and improve on your weaknesses w/o regard to design
dafark8: regarding the 2011 plans, are you still toying with the idea of summer in pgh?
whitneyhess mod: [email protected]
candi5by5: gotham if you didn’t want to go to an event in person, you could also try online conferences from environments for humans and carsonified
Lesharque: CORRECTION: as designers we all have strengths and weaknessess – how do you identify and improve on your weaknesses
Braden K: I’m starting a blog on Design for Startups — What topic do you think will interest freelance desigers and CEOs alike?
Braden K: The book is “Now, discover your strengths”
whitneyhess mod: http://www.amazon.com/Discover-Your-Strengths-Marcus-Buckingham/dp/0743201140
Braden K: (A great read if you’re doing any feedback for clients, peers, managers, etc)
ericnowina: Life coaches are really helpful in identifying and focusing on the strengths you’re talking about.
scottglew: Hey Whitney – first time here! Q: What are your thoughts on giving developers control over user experience rather than having dedicated product managers, or someone looking after UX specifically?
Lesharque: Much obliged
scottglew: I’m guessing if you hire the right kind of developers this could work, but what is your experience with developer-designed UX generally?
Lesharque: re: book. Good to know, Braden/Whitney
fredericguarino: hi from Montreal !
dafark8: awesome. now we just should aim for a massive UX meetup at carnival too!
Braden K: Great answer. Thanks Whit!
scottglew: yeah – great answer thanks!
dafark8: 14*17th
dafark8: its the 14th to the 17th this year
dafark8: buggy: http://cmubuggy.org/forum/v/2000s/Fringe+D+beats+SigNu+A+on+hill+1+2001.jpg.html
candi5by5: did you ever find a place to watch glee season 1? :)
astra: Are you going to be able to see the lunar eclipse tonight?
fredericguarino: as a tv producer i concur that stealing is bad
fredericguarino: give Hulu Plus a try !
fredericguarino: NOOOOOOO
lwcavallucci: Glee is my guilty pleasure.
Ian: tv producers are the best stealers in the business
candi5by5: I’ll post pics if i wake up in time.
lwcavallucci: Find a group to go to Central Park to watch it.
scottglew: Just a follow on to my previous question, are there any training resources or tools I you’d recommend for developers to help improve their UX design abilities? You mentioned your DIY UX talk?
fredericguarino: i won’t tell…
whitneyhess mod: http://whitneyhess.com/blog/2009/06/30/so-you-wanna-be-a-user-experience-designer-step-1-resources/
gotham: candi5by5- thanks for the info above.
scottglew: cool thanks!
ericnowina: Thanks for the hour!
gotham: thanks whitney
lwcavallucci: Have fun Whit. Thanks :)
lwcavallucci: Feel better!
candi5by5: gotham, no problem. if you need more info, you can always tweet me: candiRSX.
Ian: thank you, #uxmistress
germanmartinez: bye Whit

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  • http://www.perfecttuna.com Samantha LeVan

    Are you still running Whit Hour? I wasn’t sure if you’ve gotten a bit too busy for that but if it’s still running, was thinking of recommending it to people who ask about getting into the UX field. :)