How to use nearly wrench hammer and screwdriver in the toolbox
Of course this project, was not every, wrench hammer and screwdriver in the toolkit but this project was a student project meant to get us comfortable with the various tools in a UX designer’s toolbox, get us acquainted with agile methodology, and how to design a product with users at its core.
We used even more than were described here and there are still many more tools we didn’t involve, but part of being an effective designer is knowing when and where to use the correct tools for the job, which I aim to perfect in additional projects in the future.
Storytelling as a core tenet of UX design
This project taught me just how valuable storytelling is from start to finish in UX. It’s incredibly effective as a way of identifying issues and areas of improvement in user research talking to users and hearing their stories, as well as empathizing with users and identifying opportunities for improvement through storyboarding, as-is, and to-be scenarios. It also ties in incredibly well as a way of thinking through processes when prototyping solutions.
Finally, when done correctly, it’s especially effective in persuasion when pitching a product and helped us win over stakeholders at the Innovation Hub.