“Including clients in the design process” may sound like death by a thousand paper cuts. I used to think that designing with clients was a really bad idea. I didn’t want them around me while I was “doing my work.” They just seemed to get in the
I’m doing some guerrilla research for a new web service this Friday and Saturday in London and I’m looking for participants. The specs are pretty loose – you need to use internet banking and be responsible for managing your own and/or your household’s finances. (You’re not allowed to be a financial expert tho, or extraordinarily rich).
I’m happy to come to you and will take up only about 30-45mins of your time – and you get £40, as well as the fun of participating (it will be kind of fun, I promise. Definitely not difficult!). No, you don’t need to be a finance whiz, have a current budget, or be showing a profit.
Drop me an email at: [email protected] if you’re keen and we’ll work out a time and a place!
UPDATE: I’m particularly interested in finding a couple of stay at home mums who might fit this bill…. is this you? Do you know of anyone like this? Please send them (or yourself) my way!
I always get a little miffed when I hear user-experience folk describe their data analysis process as looking for “a-ha moments.” … it leaves one with the impression that coming up with research insights is an experience of epiphany…
You might have read about the workshop I ran at dConstruct recently… it was fun for all and, even better, it appears that people found it valuable and are actually applying it in their day to day work – hooray!
Word on the street is that there may be enough people interested in running the workshop all over again in early December.
The dConstruct website says:
One of the biggest successes of dConstruct 2007 this year were the pre-event workshops. These workshops were small, intimate affairs, so were heavily oversubscribed and sold out quickly. As well as assuring people a place at the conference itself, the workshops provided a great opportunity for people to get the most value from our great line-up of speakers. The workshops were also an excellent way of meeting people and networking before the main event. In fact, one of the most common bits of feedback we got from dConstruct were people expressing an interest in attending the workshops next year.
The sessions themselves were both enlightening and extremely practical. They ranged from theoretical discussions around the benefits and implementation of tagging systems, through to hands on workshops on the creativity and principles of user experience design, replete with group exercises and lots and lots of sticky notes. The feedback was universally positive and everybody we spoke to had a great time.
These sessions were always intended to be one off events, closely tied to the main conference. However we’ve already had a number of people asking if we can run some of these sessions again. So rather than disappoint people, we thought we’d ask your opinion. Drop us an email if you’d like run one of the workshops again, at the start of December. If we get 10 or more people interested in a particular workshop, we’ll try to arrange a rerun.
So, if you’re keen to come workshop in early December – don’t be shy! Email the dConstruct guys and let them know. And, perhaps I’ll see you then!
My name is Leisa Reichelt. I am the Head of User Research at the Government Digital Service in the Cabinet Office.
I lead a team of great researchers who work in agile, multidisciplinary digital teams to help continuously connect the people who design products with the people who will use them and support experimentation and ongoing learning in product design.
If you're interested in working with me or would like to talk more please email me