Saturday 31 October 2015

UXDI - Week 9

Luis explaining something to me
Another busy week as we went into the second week of our client project.  This week was all about design and actually started on Sunday when we spent the day at Ben’s house working on a first rough paper prototype.
This gave us something to test on Monday and as the week progressed we made changes and made it clickable, then into hi fidelity mock ups.
We met with Rishabh on Tuesday and Thursday and I think he was happy with the work we’ve done.  We’ll find out for real when we present the proposed design to him on Wednesday.
Second Home where our client works
Again it was another great week.  We’ve worked hard and I’m tired and suffering with a bit of a cold, but I’ve come home happy most night’s knowing that we are really making headway with the project.

Me with Simon, Zhenjie and Ben
To keep me going I’ve started to listen to some podcasts in the mornings when there is nothing I can do on the train.  My favourite is the Design Details podcast where Brian and Byne talk to designers based in San Francisco.  It is always interesting, inspiring and full of things that I can identify with and as long as I don’t think about the fact that most of them are younger than me by a good 5 years but are still talking about 'full careers', then it’s fine.
Having my photo taken
On Tuesday we had headshots done.  A quick photo session with a professional to give us good photos for our portfolios and social media.
On Thursday I attended the Mobile UX meet up at ustwo.  It was a really inspiring session called UX for Good.  I could have stayed there all night listening to the stuff they’ve worked on and their process.  One of the project was MoodNotes which feels like it really might help people.  These are the sort of projects I want to work on!
And then on Friday afternoon Christian and James from Sword and Stone came to help us with our presentation skills.

Creating our first paper prototype
With just a week to go, there still seems to be an awful lot to do but the idea of sleeping until 7am, going for a run any time I want and a bit of evening knitting are beautiful things I am looking forward to and will keep me going for the last 7 days.

Read about why I left my job and Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 on UXDI. 

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