On Monday, I had the honor and privilege of presenting a new talk at An Event Apart Boston 2011, titled Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX. This is my third year speaking at AEA and it never gets less exhilarating — and terrifying!
My presentation description:
The visual principles of harmony, unity, contrast, emphasis, variety, balance, proportion, pattern and direction (and others) are widely recognized and practiced, even when they aren’t formally articulated. But creating a good design doesn’t automatically mean creating a good experience.
In order for us to cultivate positive experiences for our users, we need to establish a set of guiding principles for experience design. Guiding principles are the broad philosophy or fundamental beliefs that steer an organization, team or individual’s decision making, irrespective of the project goals, constraints, or resources.
Whitney will share a universally-applicable set of experience design principles that we should all strive to follow, and will explore how you can create and use your own guiding principles to take your site or product to the next level.
Giving a new presentation for the first time is always nerve-wracking, and it’s particularly challenging when you have so much admiration for the conference organizers, fellow speakers and caliber of people in the audience. An Event Apart is a fantastic conference and a very special group of people. I still find it hard to believe I’m a part of it.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to the 30+ folks who attended my dry run of the presentation last Wednesday at New Work City, for all of their incredibly valuable feedback on how to make it a better, more impactful talk. And to Scott Reynolds and Adam Connor for their tireless attention to detail.
I got some great feedback on my presentation via Twitter that I’ll capture here for posterity:
I’ll be giving this talk again at several more conferences this year. Check my Speaking Engagements page for the latest.
- I’ll be speaking at An Event Apart 2009 January 3, 2009 | 5 comments
- “Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX” featured on Core77 January 26, 2012 | 0 comments
- My DIY UX talk is featured in InformationWeek August 24, 2009 | 1 comments
- I’m Speaking at Pittsburgh Web Design Day March 13, 2009 | 3 comments
- 10 Most Common Misconceptions About User Experience Design — the presentation April 6, 2009 | 1 comments