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A blog by User Experience (UX) / User Centered Design (UCD) practitioner and Big Information Architect (IA) Peter Boersma.
Last month I was in Barcelona for a week, teaching User Centered Design to a group of 15 students of the Insituto di Design's Design Management Master course.
Last weekend, I attended the Euro IA 2009 conference where, together with my colleague Iskander Smit, I delivered our presentation Designing for the Scattered Structures of the Exploding Website. Considering this was the first time I spoke about this subject, it went pretty well.
I suggest we call this conference a festival, cause that's what it felt like.I hope to see even more friendly IAs next year in Paris. Meanwhile I will practice telling this developing story on clients and will hopefully be able to share more insights on designing for Exploding Websites with you all soon.
Together with Iskander Smit, strategy director at Info.nl, I am preparing a presentation called "Designing for the Scattered Structures of the Exploding Website", to be delivered at Euro IA 2009. In it, we explain why a new way of designing online systems is necessary. I'd like to know if you agree or not...
Much information is limited to the structured boundaries of its own website. Bur more and more, the information is scattered over multiple online channels and websites. Because of the growing use of mobile devices, widgets and API’s, we have to change the way we look at information structures; new design methods for their delivery are necessary.Does that sound interesting? Have you done something similar already? What is your design approach for these scattered structures? Tell us (mail to <peter @ this domain> and maybe we'll praise your thinking at Euro IA!
At Info.nl, we have translated this development into our model of the Exploding Website. The model describes how services are now revealed in several contexts, and what steps you need to take to define the right part of the service in the right context. We also redefined our methodology for user experience design based on the vision of the Exploding Website. Dynamic personas, scenes and rule-based structures are key elements.
In the presentation we will use client cases to demonstrate the model and describe the new design approach to structure information around new contexts. At the end of the presentation we will discuss a list of do's and don'ts for everyone working on online media for the future.
I am proud to be part of the third German IA conference as an invited speaker. In line with the conference's theme ("IA in Business and Practice") I will be talking about User Experience deliverables in practice.
UX matters.com, one of the better online magazines on user experience (UX), just published the article Specialists Versus Generalists: A False Dichotomy? In it, the author (Pabini Gabriel-Petit) mentions the idea of T-shaped people. Quite often. Really often. But it's good!
Organizations should not require designers who have the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to legitimately call themselves UX designers to specialize so narrowly. The best designers are unique individuals who bring diverse talents to their work—they’re T-shaped people
In my view, deep domain knowledge, while essential in a product manager, is not the primary criterion that should form the basis of a UX hiring decision. It’s usually a valuable asset, but there are also some positives that come from hiring T-shaped people who have experience outside your domain.
My dream team would consist of both specialists and T-shaped individuals with knowledge and skills that are both broad and deep.and my favourite:
T-shaped people enjoy sharing their knowledge—with their peers in UX, with UX team members in other specialties, with people in other disciplines on multidisciplinary product teams, and with business leaders. They’re effective mentors and evangelists of user experience.Amen!