Guest Lecture: Akiko and User Experience

UX = User Experience Design

User Experience is any aspect of a person’s interaction with a given IT system, including the interface, graphics, industrial design, physical interaction, and the manual. In most cases, User Experience Design (UXD or UED) fully encompasses traditional Human Computer Interaction (HCI) design, and extends it by addressing all aspects of a product or service as perceived by users.

– about the experience that the user has with the company

– about the customer

Collaborative process – validate the design with the research. You work with several departments and team members.

For Internships: Don’t just look for internships in your field; think outside the box


For an interview:

Most important – Personality. Be able to talk. Use eye contact. Communicate. Treat the interview like a conversation. A desire to learn.

Portfolio is not as important.

Passion in what you do, and a willingness to do it and learn as you go. Have a desire to learn from other people.


Business Lens vs Customer Lens:

Using Google Analytics (free), tag parts of a website to see how the user interacts with the website. Analyze the interactions. You can see what users are doing.


Stakeholder – (a universal business term)- a person with an interest or concern in something, esp. a business





Polish up your presentations and make them visual. Limit the number of words.


How active are clients in the creative process?

– check in with client enough so that you can produce work

– waterfall vs agile

– waterfall – start big and get small

– agile – flexibility and adapt


Career tips:

– Keep your audience in mind

– Find mentors and don’t hesitate to talk to them

– who you can talk to in your enviroment?

– to help you with career


When looking for a Job:

– be honest, human and yourself

– personality

– eye contact

– conversational


Reasons Businesses’ hire a graphic designer:

1. personality/ passion

2. portfolio

3. Price

Wireframes vs jumping in

– wireframes show composition. If you jump into the design, the client become overwhelmed and distracted by the design and looses focus of the main compositional problem. (clients will react visually to design as opposed to content)


To help you: Keep a ongoing word document, blog, ect. of things you learn about/in the professional world, and review them often.



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