Feeling Inspired

March 19, 2009

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see Bill Buxton’s amazing keynote speech at MIX09 yesterday.  He said that now is truly a great time to be a UX designer.  And while you might raise an eyebrow at that during the current economic climate, he pointed out that the companies who were design innovators during the Great Depression (Kodak was one of his examples) are all still around today.  So go out there and do some great design.

I also got the opportunity to ask Bill about RIAs (specifically Silverlight) and how text fits into that model (I’m thinking of users who want to right-click on a link and open in a new window, for example).  His response was, “Well, perhaps you need a different solution.  Or come up with one.”  An excellent point.  Time for some innovation.  To think outside the box.  I’m filled with many ideas and can’t wait to come back and try them out.

Bill also spoke about the design process.  No less than 5 designs for each project.  If you can’t come up with at least 5 designs, then you don’t have the right design.  And you NEED to do the 5 designs.  If you do just one and stick with it, it’s more than just doing yourself a disservice…  You’re marrying yourself to a design without allowing for room for technical and business needs. 

Well, I digress.  Suffice if to say this conference has been quite inspirational.  Happy designing to all, and to all, good design.


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