|Writing out index cards on the train
We started off by getting an understanding of the design process and how this relates to our brief; this project is a mini site for an e-commerce website. Most of the research has been done for us, so we have a good basis to work from.
We then looked at Information Architecture (IA) which is the name for sorting information and giving it meaning. To do this we created a card sort.
|A completed card sort
Our first attempt, in groups, was with sweets - surprisingly difficult, but fun. It's easier when you can't eat your 'cards'.
|Card sorting with sweets
Then we started to look at Interaction Design (IXD) which takes the information from the site map and turns it into the navigation of the site, but is so much more than that - think of every interaction with a website you have - think buttons and carousels and sliders etc. I imagine we’ll be covering more of this as we go. If you want to see some amazing IXD check out Monument Valley. Its a game with the most amazing IXD as well as being beautiful.
Next we used a method called Design Studio to create ideas to solve a problem as a group. This was great fun - lots of sketching and stealing of ideas. You’re not really stealing as you are all working together to solve the problem and by doing this you end up with a better design.
|Starting to sketch wireframes
Not only was this interesting but insightful too - if we have a cool idea there is no reason why we have to go out there and work for someone else.
In other news Mollie and Tom were both away this week so Neej, another past student, was helping out. It’s so useful talking to them as they know exactly how hard it is, and can explain things in a different way from Andrew or Luis to help us understand.
And I’ve already worn out my first pen and had to swap to another one! If that’s one pen a week I’m going to have to get some more pens.
Commuting hasn’t been too bad this week, it helps that I’ve not had to stay late for anything. We worked out that I must be walking about 17 miles a week now, which is way more than I would have run (depending on my long Sunday run), so at least I’m still getting some exercise.
And ‘im outdoors is learning way more about UX than he thought he would; good value for money - 2 for 1!
So another good week. I’m looking forward to really getting to grips with my design for Project 2. I wonder what we’ll learn next week.
Read about why I left my job and Week 1 on UXDI.